When I first started running a few years ago, I was really bad at it. Even now, I’m still only mediocre. Yet I persevere. I have four good reasons for doing so.
Reason 1: It’s a Quick Calorie Burn
This is the main reason why I took up running in the first place. As a writer who spends a fair amount of time in a computer chair, I need regular exercise. Running is quick, effective, and a cheap alternative to the gym, since the streets don’t charge me monthly fees to run them.
Reason 2: No One Punches Me in the Face
Before I took up running, I trained in boxing and kickboxing. Our coach eventually moved out of state, however. The class disbanded, I stopped sparring, and working out now no longer involves the danger of dropping my guard and walking directly into someone’s glove. I can say with some confidence that even a bad run beats getting punched in the face.
Reason 3: I Don’t Have to Be Good
I’m not out to impress anybody, bring home trophies, or even beat my own personal records. In short, I’m not in it to win it. My goal with every race, every run, and every training session is the same.
“You don’t have to be good,” I tell myself. “You just have to finish.”
The funny thing is, though, I am getting better; but it’s not because I’m pushing myself or following some slick training program. I keep showing up, and the consistency pays off.
Reason 4: The Struggle Is Worth It
Running is difficult. Everything about it is a struggle. In the end, however, it’s worth it.
I feel the same way about my writing. It’s a struggle from beginning to end, and none of those daily writing sessions feel important or impressive. I keep showing up at the keyboard, day in and day out. I plonk down on my computer chair, open a manuscript, and give myself my daily pep talk.
“You don’t have to be good. You just have to finish.”
And, eventually, I do.
Training sessions and first drafts don’t have to be impressive to prove effective. They just have to be done!
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You also may enjoy seeing how I worked some boxing and kickboxing exploits into my debut novel, Collapsible: A Novel of Friendship, Broken Bones, Coffee, Shenanigans, and the Occasional Murder.
Happy Monday, everybody! May your coffee be stronger than your yawns.