Which Way Are You Running?

by Scott on November 5, 2010

I went for a run today. I usually start off on some flat ground for the first mile, kind of ease myself into it. I’m not sure if it was because of the guilt over eating too much of the kids Halloween candy, or because I just needed an ass beating, but I headed straight up a beast of a mother-effin’ hill. I live essentially on the side of a mountain, and I usually like to end my run coming down this hill….you know the easy way handle it, but not today.

The ascent was murderous. My legs instantly felt like mush, my lungs were on fire, and I swear someone had filled my sneakers full of cement. I quickly made up my mind…. I was gonna make this hill my bitch. That was it, that my decision.

I just put my head down and fucking ran. I focused on one stride after another, not caring about form, not concerned about how much further I had to go, all my energy focused on the task right in front of me. A funny thing happened about halfway through, I started running stronger, so much so that I got to the top in what resembled a sprint. I caught my breathe and banged out a few more miles, enjoying the best run I’ve had in weeks.

It reminded me of some lessons that have been really important to me lately:

  • Do the hard stuff first. Whether it is work related, relationships, etc. get the stuff you dislike the most on the table and deal with it. It will make the rest of your day or experiance much more enjoyable. You will also have more energy to handle what you need to instead of waiting until you’re more tired.


  • Don’t get overwhelmed by the big picture, or in this case the hill. Focused on the steps that you need to take and getting to the top will take care of itself.


  • Always be moving forward, even if your steps have to be small or if your form sucks. It’s not always how you get there, but just that you made it.


  • Ever notice that in the middle of doing something challenging that it suddenly becomes easy? The hard part is getting started and gaining the momentum that will reward you for your effort.


  • Don’t eat too much Halloween candy.

Just curious and would love to hear your thoughts on this. Has there ever been a time in your life where you had to just put your head down and go? Did you accomplish what you intended or at least come close? Let me know your story, I would love to hear it

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