Take It and Run Thursday

This post written to link to the Runner’s Lounge Take It and Run Thursday. Topic: Basics of Running.

This is an excerpt from a post I wrote in July of 2007 when I was in the “dog days” of training for my first marathon as a reborn runner. I was tired, hungry all the time and falling into a pattern of long runs without much apparent purpose. I don’t think I could give advice any better than this…

The entire post starts out with a mundane look at the morning run and then digresses/progresses into something else. People have left comments on this blog entry that it was a bit harsh and not like my usual light, goofy banter, but that wasn’t the point. The point was simply that running isn’t easy, but it is one of the most incredibly rewarding things you can do for yourself, your family and the planet in general. Try not to get caught up in the day to day struggles with it. Just open up, embrace the lifestyle and the results, both the ones you intended and many more you had no idea would come to you, will come to you.

“…I was listening to people talk/bitch about weight and exercise, etc. at the local run I was at yesterday. One lady laid on this 5 minute tirade, going on about how she couldn’t lose weight and South Beach didn’t work for her and exercise was too hard and how it hurt and she didn’t have time, etc. It made me mad. I had to walk away because I really wanted to tell her to shut up. Partly because I hate excuses. Mostly because a few years ago… I was just like her…

I’ve had lots of people ask me for my “secret” for losing weight and exercising.
Here’s the secret…

There isn’t one.

It sucks. It’s no fun. It hurts. It takes time away from your family and friends. It makes you doubt yourself. It makes you cry. It makes you mad. It makes you selfish. It takes away your comforts. It exposes your weaknesses, both physical and character. It takes away your favorite pizza (at least on a daily basis, anyway). It humbles you. It makes you look at yourself in the mirror and on the scale and in your favorite jeans in a way that you may have never looked at yourself before. It makes you wonder what you were thinking… daily.

It DOES NOT involve “dieting”, pills, purging, fasting or any other stupid ideas.

It DOES demand absolute attention, dedication, hard work, sacrifice and an unholy amount of will power to fight off all those frickin’ excuses.

It is, most simply, a lifestyle change.

You were expecting something different?

Then you are not ready…

Losing weight and getting in shape is a lifetime commitment and you have to accept it as your new way of life, forever. Until you can make that commitment, don’t even start. You will fall into that category of people who are perpetually “Starting” diets and exercise programs and will be continually frustrated by your lack of progress and constant setbacks. Commit to it first. Believe in it first. Then do it… forever. This is not something you can stop once you’ve started it without adverse consequences.

So is it worth it?

Yes. Without question. It is the best thing you can do for yourself, your family or your friends…

…but mostly yourself.

So what do I get out of it?

Energy. Clarity. Fitness. Health. Motivation. New friends. New goals. Smaller clothes. Fewer health problems. Less doctor visits.

In short, you get your life back, only better… just… without as much pizza…”

So what’s the “motivational point” in all this?  At some point we all get down.  Frustrated.  Fed up with it.  For some, we never even get started because we are afraid of what might happen.  But it IS worth it.  A thousand times over.  Start now and never stop.  Why?  Just try it…  You’ll see…


Still wounded, but slowly getting better…


3 Responses to Take It and Run Thursday

  1. Amy says:

    Thanks Bob for the refresher and sharing this post. Well said. As I battle with my weight all the time, this was a good reminder that it doesn’t just come off. You do need to work on it.

  2. CoffeeBetsy says:

    I completely agree. Unless you’re truly committed to changing your life, these fixes will not stick. You have to take… Da Big Leap.

  3. OLEG says:

    Ahh! A reprise of my favorite post :O)


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