Starting is the Hardest Part. . . from Average_Jbob's blog

It's been a good week for training. . .and by that I mean that I actually got out there and trained this last week!  I didn't have to stay late for work, so that excuse was right out the window. . .I had my plan already set for me, so I didn't have the "not sure what to do" excuse. . .and the weather was, well, it's California so the weather was nice.  A bit hot during the day, yes, but I do most of my outdoor running during early evening or night when it's cooler AND I had a few indoor activities planned out so even the heat wasn't an excuse!  The point is. . .I was able to stick to my plan and ACTUALLY TRAIN!  It felt great!

I'm not going to say that mentally I wanted to train each and every time, but I have found that sometimes the BEST SESSIONS I've had came from when I REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO START!  Sometimes after sitting in traffic for a LONG TIME just trying to get home after work, the LAST thing I want to do is lace up my running shoes and go BACK OUTSIDE, especially when I COULD be sitting down with a nice cup of coffee and eating dinner while watching American Ninja Warrior (oh. . .the IRONY. . .watching someone else do physical exercise instead of doing it myself)!  BUT IN THOSE TIMES when I can fight through the cloud of complacency and actually get outside and begin running. . .that's when I find I have some of my best runs.  It's that victory over that little voice in my head that tries to tell me what my limitations are, wether they be physical or simply a lack of willpower. . .that little victory of being able to get out the door of comfort and stumble into those forced first few steps that turn into a journey. . .when you get a mile down the road and realize that your mind has shed it's fog from the day and your body falls into the routine you've been building it to accept. . .

Ok. . .I'm realizing now that this post is getting a bit too far up its own backside. . .I don't have a ton of massive physical endurance accomplishments to brag about or anything like that. . .I simply went outside this week and ran when I didn't feel like doing so. . .I went to a few new classes at my local Gym (new to me) to try and broaden my training routine. . .and it turns out that I enjoyed all of it!  I wasn't sure about doing the trail run I had scheduled for Saturday because my wife had asked me to join her at a new class at our local Gym. . .I went and it was way more intense that I had planned for, so spent a good deal of the rest of the day mentally telling myself it would be fine to skip the trail run. . .and maybe it would have been, except for the fact that I had made it part of my training plan and didn't want to cross it off my list simply because it seemed like it would be difficult to do when I felt 'worn out'.  Finally, in the late afternoon I silenced the inner voice, grabbed my trail shoes and headed out.  I'm glad I did.  I saw so many wild rabbits hoping around it was like the opening to a Disney movie!  I caught up on a few podcasts I hadn't been able to listen to, broke a good sweat, got some good hill climbs in, and at the end of my run, was treated to one of the better sunsets I've seen in my area.  I would have missed all that if I'd simply stayed home because I'd already worked out that day. . .I would probably have been justified for doing so, but there was an extra reward for me in knowing that not only had I stuck to my original plan when I didn't have to, but I proved to myself that I could do the extra workout as well, and that's honestly something that will pay off for me in my next Spartan Race (there's always some extra effort required you didn't know you needed!)

This post might have rambled a bit. . .but if there is anything I'd want you to take away from having read it, it would be to realize that most of the time when you are dreading doing a workout, HONESTLY, the hardest part of that workout will be simply STARTING.  Once you do that part, the rest will take care of itself.


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Added Jun 10 '18



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