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Throw the watch away today. 
Just put your shoes on and run. 
Run through the streets in your neighborhood. 
Run along your beach. Your river. Your town. 
Just run today. 
Forget the time and distance. 
Just run. 

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I want to tell you about my anxiety. About my crippling fear. I really want to. But I can't put that in to words just yet.  All I can say about it is this.  I've been scared of running.  Scared of running alone. 
That's why I haven't been running proper. My best friend in the whole world has busted her Achilles. She's in hell. Can you imagine? Not being able to run? 
And there I was. ABLE to run. But not running.  Gotta be the greatest insult ever. 
So I started running again. 
Wanna start running again?
Let's go.  Lace up. Hair up. Run.

If the idea of running is daunting and overwhelming and seems impossible for you ... I want you to read this.  The simple truth of this persons journey is amazing. 



"I started January first and have run every day since. These distances are without stopping.
It went something like this…
(I have been driving the course to get a true distance)

Day 1 – 400m and felt like dying
Day 2 – 1 k
Day 3 – 1.5 k’s
Day 11 – 2.5 k’s
Day 17 – 3.2 k’s
Day 20 – 4.2 k’s
Day 23 – 5.2 k’s
Day 27 – 6.5 k’s

I try and push the distance further every day.
Goal is to run 10 k’s and to feel happy again.
Thanks for the inspiration."

UPDATE: They did it.  10ks.  Done. And now running pretty much every day is part of their life.  A vital, wonderful, empowering part of their life.

Read those distances again.  You can do that.  400m.  You can do that.  Start. Run.



Running through a "Date"

If you have lost someone ... the date that you lost them can become a heavy, unbearable, agonizing number that fills you with dread as it creeps towards you.

I had seen this happen to my best friend.  And the ache that he felt was just so grim to watch.

I had my own date looming.  So I decided to run through it.  My date is February 22nd.  So I ran the Half Marathon on February 26th.

I ran through it.

I'm not saying that running takes away the ache.  But it gives you new aches to think about.  Physical aches.  Aches that you can take a panadol for, or have a bath for, or sleep for.  Aches that you can fix.

If you have a date looming ... run through it.  Know what it's like to be able to fix an ache.