After taking a season off, I have started running again. As I finished my ten minute run this morning (Yes, you read that correctly. I could only manage to run ten minutes today.), I thought about this post that I had written when I first started running. I’m sharing it again today in the hope that it may encourage you wherever you are in life (and whether or not you’re a runner.) 🙂
[originally posted October 2010]
I recently started running. As one of my friends said,”Why? Was a dog chasing you?” No dog, but I am learning some lessons from it.
(Disclaimer: this is not a photo of my actual legs, but does represent what I would like them to look like one day.)
It’s All In My Head
Running is actually more mental than physical. My body can do things I don’t think it can, but I have to MAKE my body do them. I have to set my mind to get to the next mailbox.
Life is the same way: I have to set my mind to accomplish things I don’t think I can. If I want to reach my goals, I have to choose to do hard things (like spending less and saving more today or spending time with my child when I would rather be doing something else).
It’s All About Me
Running is personal. I can read about it, I can watch and even admire others for doing it, but it has no effect on me unless I do it myself.
It’s the same way with life. I can read about or admire other people’s frugality, success or amazing calf muscles, but it won’t accomplish anything in my own life if I don’t take action myself.
Less Is More
I took five days off from running, which I naturally thought would make running more difficult when I returned. Actually it was much easier and I went from running half a mile to running 1.2 miles!
In life, taking time to rest when I need it means I accomplish more later. I can’t ignore the signs telling me that I am over-stressed.
This principle can also work with finances. Sometimes I need to take a break from trying to squeeze a dime out of every penny, and simply have fun. I just have to make sure that the fun doesn’t cost a lot, or I’ll undermine the work I have already done.
Let’s face it, it’s a challenge for someone as out of shape and un-young as I am to be able to run at all, much less to continue running for longer than 3 minutes. If I just keep at it, though, I will make progress.
It’s the same with financial or other life goals–just keep plugging along or as Dory from Nemo says,”Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!”.
I like the verse that says,”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Even though something seems unlikely, difficult or even impossible, with God’s help I can do it, one step at a time.
Use the Bathroom Before Starting
No profound lesson here, just some wise advice. 😉
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Totally agree. I had to take a break after I finished my half marathon. It”s tough mentally. I was wore out in that department. I was going to do a 15k and I deferred my slot to next year. Now I’m thinking about a 5k in September.
Katy @ Purposely Frugal says
I totally agree that it’s very much mental!
I’m a runner too and I love the…..go to the bathroom before starting!!!