Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Just do it!!

I didn't run yesterday. You know, life just happens. You wake up, you don't quite "feel" like running. You work, you eat lunch and think, "Hey I should do just a quick 10 minutes." But you don't. Then you get home from work, wander into the kitchen, grab a bite to eat, check your emails and well you just don't "feel" like working out and then you go to bed. And you tell yourself, "Eh, I'll do it in the morning." Then morning comes and you hit the snooze button and say you will do it at lunch...but that is where you were yesterday.

Well that is how Monday started out for me. Then I had to go to a Mom In Touch meeting this morning so I knew I was not going to go running before the meeting. Then I am slapped in the face with a mom, sitting on a towel at the meeting because she is still sweating. She had just run before the meeting and was still in her work out clothes. And yes I will admit it, I was jealous. She did what I kept putting off. It was my first time at the meeting so I made small talk about running. And I got the impression that she thought I couldn't run. But that could have been me reflecting, because I felt bad for not running.

In any case, I got back home from the meeting and started to work and then about 2PM I decided to leave my desk and take a break. I went into the kitchen and started to look around. Then I pulled the ole switcharoo on myself. Before I could talk myself out of it, I threw on my running clothes and headed out the door. I didn't give myself time to talk myself out of it. I always try to keep all my running apparel and gadgets readily available so that I can do a quick change. So I did what my husband tells me to do every time I don't want to do something. Bring the body and the mind will follow.

My run was uneventful except for the fact that initially I didn't want to do it. It's a mental game folks. And sometimes you have to trick yourself into doing it. I did and it worked. Talk to any athlete and they will tell you that many times and I do mean many, they don't feel like working out but they do it anyway. Remember when your kids were small and they didn't want to try something. You would tell them to do it for 5 minutes and if they didn't like it, they could stop? Pretend you are a child, go out there and do it for 5 minutes. If you aren't feeling it, turn around and come home.


  1. Great quote..."Bring the body and the mind will follow." I will be using that one on myself.

    When I used to run outside I would tell myself, "that step out the front door is the hardest one of all.".

  2. I love that: "Bring the body and the mind will follow." Adding it to my list of motivating affirmations! Thank you!

  3. that's my motto.....Bring the body and the mind will follow :).....

    I'm glad you got out there and ran....no more excuses lady!!!!

  4. Yeah...sometimes you need an alter ego to trick yourself. Thank goodness I am a little psycho. LOL

  5. Gee--I read your first paragraph this morning right after I posted that we were calling a rain delay on our daily run. I can relate!

    "Bring the body and the mind will follow." If it works, great.

    For me, its "Win the mind and the body will follow." That's what I think you did. You looked around you kitchen, and something within you clicked. The part of your mind that knows you needed to choose the right thing got you moving. You won the mind, and your body followed.