It’s been in my head for a while that I was going to attempt my first run at Easter to ease myself back in again. I’ve been mentally preparing myself for the fact that the first run back will be hard and disheartening.
Then on Monday night I was on Twitter and the conversation turned to what relaxes you/keeps anxiety at bay and my answer was, of course, running. We were midway through swopping our favourite running books and inspirational quotes when it hit me: god I miss running! And it occurred to me: what exactly am I waiting for? Why do I have to wait until Easter, can’t I just do it now?
- It’s too cold.
- I don’t have a long sleeved running top.
- I don’t have running gloves.
- It’s too dark.
- I haven’t planned it!
After mulling it over, I realised that whilst some of these were good reasons a month ago, now they’ve just turned into excuses. The mornings are getting lighter, it isn’t quite so cold, and anyway, who cares if I don’t have a specific winter running top… I’m so unfit that it’s unlikely I’ll be out for any great length of time – a normal sweater will do for now!
I went upstairs, opened my running drawer and pulled out the essentials. A top, my running leggings, sports bra, socks, sweat band and the trendiest of items – my bum bag! (I’ve got to put my house key somewhere okay?!). I left these in a pile outside my room, to make it easy for me to grab everything in the morning.
The next day my early alarm woke me from the middle of a dream and I was seriously contemplating forgetting the whole thing and snoozing for an extra hour. It was darker than I’d thought it would be, and as I laced up my trainers I realised that I could hear the pitter patter of rain against the window. I pulled on my rain jacket and stepped outside before my brain had a chance to register it’s disapproval.
And do you know what?
You see the only thing stopping me as it turned out, was myself.
So whatever it is that you haven’t quite managed to do yet, ask yourself: What’s stopping you?