The thing I’ve been telling people the most often about running, is the thing I can’t remember the source of. But the basic idea is this:

Have a running schedule. When the time comes for one of your scheduled runs, if you don’t want to do it? Just put on your running clothes and get out the door. Jog/Walk for 30 seconds. If you still don’t want to do your run? Come back inside. But you’ll probably keep going.

I have fallen back on this rule of thumb dozens of times in the last 2 months of training for a half-marathon. And strongevery single time I’ve kept going. We play horrible mental games with ourselves that thwart our efforts to exercise (I’ve had to do the same thing with boot camp in the mornings as well) but those same mental crutches seem to also be what keeps us from stopping once we’ve started.

For me, some days I’m too lazy to go for a run. But that same laziness also keeps me from stopping once I’m out the door and ready, if you can believe that.

Yesterday was hellacious. I took the dogs to the vet and finished prep for pest control before leaving for work, went to the office until they called, came home while they did their thing. Spent the next several hours trying to transition the house from Pest Control to Carpet Cleaning and then bagged up bedding to be washed and stuffed animals/pillows to be quarantined.

THEN we had a soccer game that had us out of the house until 7:40pm. I usually am in bed by 9pm so running was off the table if I wanted to watch Glee. So, I put on my clothes, went out the door, ran 30 seconds, and then continued for 5 miles. Had a GREAT run as it seemed I was a bit stressed and running helped ooze that anxiety out of my body. I was faster than usual and I walked back in the door about an hour later dancing.


So I keep telling people about that wisdom I read and hold dear to my heart. Just put the gear on and get out the door. Chances are? You’ll keep going. And if you don’t? You’ll at least feel better about not doing it because you put forth an effort.

P.S. If you find any article or quote or motivational poster that says something like what I tried to say in my blockquote? PLEASE TELL ME. I know someone said it somewhere (A book maybe? An interview? BAH!) and it will bug me until the day I die if I don’t ever find the source.


11 thoughts on “Proof.”

  1. This tip is so true! I don’t run but walk about 2.5 – 3 miles with my dog every night. Getting out the door is the hard part. Once I am out I enjoy it 99.9% of the time.

  2. I remember seeing this somewhere as well. Maybe John Bingham, in the book “The Courage to Start” or “No Need for Speed”? hmm….

    1. Yes! That may be it!

      Getting out the door: There will be plenty of days that your body just doesn’t feel like it
      has energy to run. You might just want to hit the couch and click on the tube after a long
      day of work. Even the numbers in the log don’t stir your soul. This is the time to lie to
      your body. Promise it that you just want to go out for a 10 minute jog and that if it still
      wants to go home and lay on the couch after that you will let it. Actually you aren’t lying
      because once you have gone through the trouble of getting on the running gear and are
      heading up the street 10 minutes will pass and your energy level will rise and the miles
      will click by. After the run you will be saying to yourself, “I feel great, what a great run,
      I’m sure glad that I got out the door.

  3. Yes, yes, yes. Putting on my exercise clothes and just GOING seems like 90% of the battle. Good for you! It sounds lke your training is going great, despite the horrific flea infestation. SO SORRY about that. I really hope it gets better… I can’t even imagine. Also, you’ve mentioned a couple of times that you get blisters when you run, and you’re trying to find a solution. Here are some things that worked for me, which you may have already tried, so I hope this doesn’t come as assvice. (1) New/different shoes. Have you gotten fitted at a good running store? Where they watch you run? It can really help. I had horrible blisters and other issues a few years ago. When I changed to another shoe from the same manufacturer, it was like night and day. (2) BodyGlide. You’ve probably tried it, but man, I swear by that stuff for all my chafing issues. I put it on my feet all the time to prevent blisters from my dress/work shoes. (3) 2 layers of socks. Put a really thin liner sock under a thicker padded sock. WrightSock makes a super thin one. Anyhow, the fact that you haven’t let blisters or fleas (or snow or sleet or dark of night -ha!) from getting your runs in, which is fantastic, and you should be really, really proud of yourself.

  4. I think I first read this on and have since adopted it. My rule is to put on the gear and make it to the mailbox (which is a block away). If I really, really, really don’t feel like going at that point, I turn around and go home, but that happens very rarely. I mean, once I go through the trouble of working out the kid schedule, dinner time, bed time, etc., if I can get out and make it that far, I’m in it to win it. Mostly. And I try very hard not to feel guilty about the times it doesn’t happen. Kim, you’re such an inspiration – keep going!!

  5. hey kim!

    thanks so much for this, it was just what i needed. i am training to run a 1/2 marathon & have had multiple injuries during the process. i always give myself a certain time to run & always make is past that. the starting is the hardest part!


  6. I’ve heard/seen this numerous times in many different forms. I’m sure you’ll find several posters or attributable quotes with the same idea.

    Lately I haven’t done so well with it myself, so your posting it is a good reminder. I don’t do boot camp or run, but the idea applies to any kind of exercise.

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