Running is about perseverance. 
           This means two things: Getting to the Run and Continuing the Run. 



Getting to the Run
I have often heard it said that the hardest step for a runner is the first step out of the door. So true! Even now as I type this (10:30 on a Tuesday morning), I haven't been for my run yet. Granted I could do it tonight when I go to the gym, but to get the full workout I need tonight I need to get my run out of the way early. I don't even have a hard run today...just two miles! Ultimately I think laziness begets laziness. Once you set yourself into a pattern, it is hard to break it. The good news is that activity also begets activity. If you train yourself to be active, then this will be your default. I'm still trying to get myself back to that point. But, ultimately it starts with that first step out of the door. 

Continuing the Run
It is immensely useful to have a set number of miles in my head before I take the first step each day. Before I began this program I would plan for at least a mile or two and then keep running if I felt like it. Mostly this resulted in short runs. I think that it is crucial to have a number in your head before you start running. During the run my mind plays crazy tricks on me. Within half a mile I can go from periods of ease and elation to frustrating agony. There are times when I am on top of the world and times where I am certain that if I take one more step I will die. Keep your end goal in clear focus and persevere to the end. 

Now, it's time for me to go and get my two miles in! That will make 33 miles in the last Seventeen days. 
-shane
 


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