Sunday, September 20, 2009

This week to come

You will try to run for 500 meters without stopping. If you're not a runner, you will hate this.

These thoughts will likely go off on a loud speaker in your head:

  • Why am I doing this?
  • This is pointless.
  • I hate this.
  • I'm not a runner, I'm a walker.
  • Not everyone can be a runner.
  • I must look ridiculous.
  • There's no dignity in running.
  • I'm too old to start running.
  • This is hard.
Think of these thoughts as disturbances. That's all they are. Work through them. It's just 500 meters. You can do it. You will do it. This week.

Use these thoughts if you need counter action:

  • I'm doing this because I know it will feel good, eventually.
  • Though I think this is pointless now, it's not pointless to use a body if I have one.
  • I hate this now, but this now is not forever.
  • I can be a runner and a walker.
  • Everyone with working legs and feet can be a runner. And some other people.
  • I may look ridiculous. Who cares?
  • There's no dignity in running. Dignity is overrated.
  • I'm too old to start running. It's never too late to get healthy.
  • This is hard. And I get stronger by the minute.


  1. How fast are we talking? Is jogging still running? I start to jog (as opposed to fast walk) once the treadmill gets above about 7km an hour. Is the speed important or as long as we are actually leaving the ground at some point that's ok?? Clearly I am not a runner, lol. (yet ;) )

  2. I like to say: "this too shall pass..." repeat as necessary. It works anywhere that sucks: dentist, DMV, seeing an ex-, bumpy plane rides...

  3. Jogging is fine. The important thing here is to get you trotting at a pace above walking. Speed comes later.


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