Today, while running on the trail, I silently cheered for the New Years Resolution runners who are trying their hardest to start out the New Year on the right foot. I said “hello” as I passed them, and got funny looks in return. As someone who has chosen running as my favorite past time ever since I can remember, I am guessing that it is difficult for you right now. I urge you to stick with it. It will get easier, and you will get faster.
Prior to going out for my run this morning I read Susie’s entry about an article she read on change. The article notes odds of nine to one that you will stick with your New Years resolution. I urge you to defy the odds. Be the “one” – ALL of you.
There is a load of advice out there for you to read. Here is just a little more…
ADVICE FROM JULS:
– Say “hello” to the people that pass you, or when you pass other people. Doing so will make them feel good, and it will do the same for you.
– When someone passes you (going the same direction as you) do not be discouraged. Instead, you can be encouraged that you will be the passer, rather than the passee, some day. Just keep it up.
– Join a training group, or create your own, and commit to a race. The camaraderie will be a huge support. The friends that you make will keep you going, and the event will give you a goal. Finishing the race my affect you so intensely that you will be forever hooked to running.
– If someone says, “on your left,” this means to that they will soon be passing you on YOUR left side. Stay put. When you get used to this occurring, it is ideal that you actually move slightly to your right.
– This is especially important if the “on your left” message comes from a cyclist, and even more important if this cyclist is a child.
– Don’t under estimate the importance of good shoes. Go to a good “running” store and find out what shoes are right for your feet.
– Celebrate your you every success. If you made it to the trail, then celebrate. If you ran a 1/2 mile, then celebrate. When you run your first 5K, celebrate. Every step is just that. It is ALL worth celebrating…and so are YOU.