I Hate Running

May 02, 2017

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I recently and tearfully watched so many admirable runners fight through the last mile of the Boston Marathon and it was truly inspiring but I HATE RUNNING….

I work with a business/personal coach and he helps me to see myself more clearly.  He asked me recently, “what are you gonna do that scares you?” He knows I need a challenge, a risk, something that puts a pit in my stomach to motivate me both in business and personally. To be honest, I don’t think I had recognized this about myself, until he pointed it out.

My conversation with my coach got me self-reflecting and thinking about what makes me tick. I realized I need to do drastic things to keep my juices flowing. I need something to obsess over, something to tackle, and something to put a great amount of my energy against. I need something to focus on and talk about incessantly, probably driving everyone I know crazy. It could be a new diet, a new place to travel, a new way to workout, a new hobby, a new author but the theme here is something new.

My new thing right now is running. A few months ago, I signed up for a 10k which is at the end of this month. WTF was I thinking? Why did I sign up for a 10k when I hate running? Because it scared me and it put that pit in my stomach. Because I knew if I signed up, I would focus my energy on training and getting ready for it.

My slightly obsessive behavior looks something like this; I read a heart rate monitor book (thanks Jessica), I bought a fancy Garmin watch, I bought new fancy running shoes, I lured a running buddy (thanks Melanie), I downloaded three running apps, I bought new running pants, better ear plugs for running, found running training schedules and tailored one for myself. I needed to be informed, prepared and keep the fuel of my motivation fire burning.

I don’t expect to be the best or fastest runner, but I know when I cross that finish line I’m going to be proud of myself for doing it. I’ll remind myself that I used to struggle to run 1-2 miles and that I ran over 6 that day. What will I do within 24 hours after this 10k? I’m going to start thinking about what is going to scare me, excite me, give me something to obsess over next.

Why am I telling you this? Not because my maniacal way is the right way…but it has pushed me to experience things that have made me happy. Things that have made me feel empowered and free and accomplished.  I’m saying this so that you think about facing a fear, chasing a dream or figuring out what makes you tick. Try to do something that makes you a little uncomfortable.