Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Running is not a Race Goal

So you all know getting back into my running groove has been a struggle. But, now that my crazy August travel month is over, this sister is getting serious about it. Tim and I just signed up for the Race for the Cure 5K on October 4. So now, I have a goal to give me that extra motivation to get my endurance and distance back up to par.

This got me thinking, however. A lot of people who run or want to get into running are ones like me, where running doesn't come 100% naturally to them. For some people it's just an every day thing, like brushing your teeth. But for those of us who have to make an effort to get out on the pavement each time, running is something that we strive to do. It's a lifestyle choice that we are trying to accomplish.

But therein lies what makes it so difficult. It's a lifestyle.

Just like any exercise regimen, if we want running to become an everyday habit, we have to treat it as such. We have to assume it's just as necessary to our day as brushing our teeth.

I just started reading a book called "The Power of Habit - Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" by Charles Duhigg. I'm only two chapters in and it's fascinating. So far it explains the science behind habits and begins to discover how to break old ones, and create new ones. It uses real world examples that are so enlightening. I would definitely recommend it.

Duhigg says, "Cravings are what drive habits. And figuring out how to spark a craving makes creating a new habit easier."

So if we are craving a healthier lifestyle, a more fit body, or the endorphins from a run, we have to find a sure fire way to tap into that craving each an every day. That will get us to lace up our shoes and hit the pavement.

Many people, including myself, use races like a 5k to stimulate their exercise goals. But once that 5k or half marathon is over, they revert back to their "normal" lifestyle where running isn't a priority. I've done it many times and I've seen my friends do it.

I need to remember that while I am training for a race now, running doesn't end after October 4. I want to keep running in my life. I want running to be part of my lifestyle.

I need to remember that there is no end to running. No matter what race I finish or what distance I go, there is always going to be the NEXT run.

And just like running itself, overcoming that obstacle is mostly a mental battle.

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  1. I love that first meme! Running is a lifetime sport for me, for sure!

  2. This is so accurate! Running definitely does not come easy to me, but I've learned to love it - though I still have to push myself to go out and do each run! Great post xx



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