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Day 5–Breaking through Running & Writing Obstacles


Obstacle defined–something that impedes progress or achievement

Ask yourself what stops you from running or writing today?

Is it procrastination? The I’ll do it tomorrow syndrome.  According to Psychology Today, “there are many ways to avoid success in life, but the most sure-fire just might be procrastination.”

If so, here’s how to solve this impediment to your progress or achievement.

The first step is realizing you’re procrastinating. So lets define procrastination. It  refers to the putting off of important tasks to a later time or the act of replacing high-priority goals with low-priority tasks.

The next step is deciding what your high-priority goals include, hopefully they include running and writing. If you are putting off running and writing to watch TV, dawdle on the internet or hang out at Mickey-dees then you might be procrastinating.

To beat this obstacle take these 7  simple steps.

1. Make a plan-Run or write every day this week.

2. Meditate on the Benefits- Run to be healthier.

3. Set a deadline-Write before 7 am each morning.

4. Build enthusiasm-Run a new route.

5. Do it-No explanation needed.

6. Reward yourself-After a week straight of running and writing every day you deserve some dessert.

The second obstacle is thinking  you can’t do it. The great thing about this hurdle is that no matter who you are, you can clear it.

Running: Not everyone can run a marathon in their first month, but most can after months of training. And to be a runner you don’t need to run a marathon. Start with a quarter mile, 1 mile or 2 miles. The beauty of running is that progression will be evident. It’s a progressive sport. I started with running a mile at a time. Now I’ve run 50 and 100 mile races. Start small and know you can do it. Start at Day 1. Dedicate yourself to a running streak, this blog will get you there.

Writing: Again, not everyone can sit down and write a novel. Like a marathon, writing requires endurance, and that is why you should start with small bites–short stories, poems and short essays. Then, after getting the feel for it, start that novel. Join our streaking club with Day 1. Stop here everyday for a prompt and some writing motivation.

Running Prompt-Today, run for the reward. Decide on a reward, then run and reward yourself at the end of the run. The only rule is that your reward shouldn’t contain more calories than you’ve burned in the last 2 runs.

Writing Prompt-Write down 5 writing goals. Such as,write 7 days straight, write a short story, publish a short story, get published in a magazine, write a novel or write 15 days this month. Whatever your goals are, make sure at least one of them can be accomplished within the next week, and work on that one first.

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Day 1–Start Running and Writing Today


The first thing to do is get a calendar, organizer or sheet of paper with everyday of the month listed on it. Starting from today figure out where one month would be from now. On that day write how many days you will run between now and then, whether it is 5 or 30. Then write down how many days you will write between now and then. Ideally, it will be every day.

Now, choose the days you will run, write or do both during this month. Mark these days with a highlighter or however you can. If you plan on writing and running draw a line through each day, put an R on one side and a W on the other. As you  meet your goal of running or writing on these days, cross out the letter or mark it off however you see fit. As long as you can look back and see what days you reached your goal.

Of course, the idea of this blog is to get you going each day. Every day. So if today is your first day, run and write.

Right now, miles and word counts are not important. If you run one mile, you ran. If you wrote one sentence, you wrote. Today is day one, so get out on the trail or road, and put your pencil to paper.

Hang your calendar on a wall where you will see it every day, either next to the bathroom mirror, on the fridge or paste it to the kitchen table. The important thing is that it is staring you in the face, reminding you to run and write.

Besides the calendar, it would be a good idea to devote a notebook to your running/writing program. Every day write down any information you want. Ideas for running would be, miles, time, where you ran, shoes you ran in, weather, etc. On the writing side of this you could write down what you wrote, whether it was a poem, short story, essay or part of a journal. Also include how many words you wrote.  The key is having your success documented.

After you write you will feel better. After you run you will feel better. Hop in bed tonight knowing you accomplished something that benefits your health and well being, it will help you sleep sound.

So start today. Run and write. And cross off  DAY 1 with pride.

Only 364 to go.

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