Yesterday, besides waking up to not enough coffee, we also had no electricity and no water, this is part of living in a third-world country. So I can’t complain.
I had a 14 mile training run in the schedule and by the time I could get out to do it, it was already 11 in the morning, and the sun was high in the sky, throwing down blasts of heat. Because of this, I was trying to find a way out of the run.
I did not want to go on the run!
I couldn’t push it off to the next day because it was the last day of the week. I tried to rationalize why I should just do half the mileage, a nice 7 mile cruise, I did have a sore calve muscle, not bad enough to make the run shorter. I could not cook up a good reason.
After circles of rationalization, I left for the run. Still, in the back of my mind I was thinking if I want to, I can still cut it short.
I got out on the trails and never looked back. After 2 miles I was in reflection mode and thoroughly enjoying the time to ruminate on goals, the nature surrounding me and what I wanted to accomplish when I got back.
I was doing what I wanted to do-Run.
So I thought I didn’t want to run, but this soon changed after I got going. I think this is a common occurrence for endurance athletes and writers.
There are times when you do not want to sit down and create a world on paper. You say:
I do not want to write!
In spite of this sentiment, you sit down and start writing. After a paragraph or page, you are writing and you are doing what you want to do-write.
What I get from this is that for some reason our minds play tricks on us. They want the easy way out. What would be easier than writing or running? Watching TV, drinking coffee, chilling on the deck in the sun, all kinds of things. But, once we get going we find that we are doing what we want to do.
The trick is knowing ahead of time what you actually want to do.
So decide what you want to do now. And when the time comes to do it-Just start.
The first steps and first words may feel forced, but after a mile or paragraph you will find that,
you had to do, what you didn’t want to do, to do what you wanted to do.
Running Prompt-Do a run you’ve been dreading-Speedwork, long run or tough trail run.
Writing Prompt-Write in a form that does not come easy for you-a poem, essay or fiction.