Wednesday, 14 March 2012

It never, ever gets easier...

So I have this little running group.  We meet every Saturday at 8.30 at the Water Fountain in Petone. Keen?  Here's our Facebook page... "like us" and we can keep in touch that way! There's 22 of us now.
Petone Womens Running Group

Paula is in our running group and she is a REAL beginner.  (You really need to read her "first run" story. Click on her name and it will take you there)
She struggles to jog for 2 minutes at a time.  Her heart rate zooms up and her lungs cave in.
And when we were out there running the other day I said to her ... "Just so you know ... it never get's easier".  "WHAT???" She screamed at me.
Because ... running is hard.  If running was easy, everyone would be doing it and everyone would be skinny and everyone would be wearing their favourite jeans.
But.  It's hard.  So not everyone is doing it.
"Yep" I say to her.  "Get used to it.  It never get's easier".
I'm talking about getting the motivation and will to put your shoes on and run.  It doesn't matter how fit you get or how strong you get or how slim you get ... putting your shoes on never get's easier.
We're human.  We give up.  How many diets have you tried? How many Mondays have you started?  How many gym memberships have you wasted?  We give up.  Because it never gets easier.  I want you to know that and understand that.  The "it" that I'm talking about is the act of putting on your shoes and going.
Once you are out there ... that's a different story all together.  Man that gets SO much easier.  It even gets fun.  I can't wait for you to have a blast on the road.  It really is truly joyful.
BUT ... putting on your shoes to go ... that never gets easier.
So... you simply can't use "It's so hard" as an excuse.
The only excuses you are allowed are ... you're genuinely sick.  You can't get care for the kids.  You are injured.
You are NOT allowed to use your period, a bad day, lack of sleep, feeling down, can't be bothered, ipod not charged, clothes not dry, can't find socks as excuses.
Because ... it never get's easier.  Putting on your shoes and going never gets easier.  And if you use those excuses ... you will never run.  You will never get slim.  You will never be the woman you've always wanted to be.  It never gets easier to put on your shoes and go.
But because you go ... the running ... the actual running, will get SO MUCH EASIER.