What Runners Do

Groundhog Day, running, humor, Modern PhilosopherI’m sure we all have those Groundhog Day moments, Modern Philosophers, when we wake up and are certain we are just living the same moment over again.

Ths French call it deja vu, but in America, we always go with the Bill Murray reference.

I had one such moment this morning.  And to be honest, I have it pretty much every morning, except Monday and Fridays.

The alarm went off way too early, and I did not feel like going for a run.

I just wanted to crawl back under the covers and sleep for another hour or so.  Give my sore legs an opportunity to rest.

Alas, I did what I always do…got out of bed and begrudgingly went for a run.

It’s not like I really had any other choice.  I am a master negotiator, and can always talk myself into doing things I detest.  How do you think I make it to work every morning?

Today was no different.  I told myself I’d just walk.  Something is better than nothing, and a half hour walk definitely beat the lack of a workout I’d get by staying in bed.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherThen I told myself I’d run a little, but just laps around the church parking lot down the block.  No big deal, and again, the superior choice to walking.

Next I convinced myself to run just an easy  mile on my regular route.  That would allow me to get in a couple of hills, really start the heart racing, perhaps even work up a sweat.

The negotiations continued like this until I had run my usual route, and returned to The House on the Hill a sweaty mess.

A sweaty, but accomplished mess.

Just like always happens.  Because even though I don’t like how the story starts, I’m a big fan of the ending.  I simply need to trick myself into getting there.

Pro Tip for the beginning runner: Run first thing in the morning.  You’re not awake enough to think clearly, put up much resistance to the idea of running, or even remember much of the run.

But you will be wide awake by the end, which is definitely important, because you can feel like a bad ass for ignoring that groundhog and still getting those miles under your belt.

After my run, I tweeted out this to the world…

That’s what runners do!

I’m disappointed that tweet didn’t get more likes, but there’s only so much I can control in this crazy world.

I’m sure I’ll have to deal with the very same obstacles tomorrow morning, but something tells me that I’ll be my usual sweaty mess about an hour after I finally crawl out of bed.

I’m not always a fan of running, but I’m a fan of how great I feel after a run.  Even if I have to trick myself to do it.  Whatever it takes, Modern Philosophers.

In the end, I just bite the bullet and put in the miles.

Because that’s what runners do…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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13 Responses to What Runners Do

  1. ksbeth says:

    good for you! I have never been a runner but love to walk and can identify with feeling good after

  2. Jeff Cann says:

    I actually like the running part, so I always overdo it and feel like crap afterward.

  3. jilldennison says:

    I used to love to run, but at 68 and having broken enough bones already, I now settle for a 4-mile walk each day. However, I’ve been lazy this year, making all manners of excuses … too cold, too hot, too humid, too tired, too much to do. I think, though, that you’re right … I need to learn to convince myself first thing every morning, for it does make me feel better for the whole day. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation!

  4. Bryntin says:

    Same thing but with cycling, if I don’t firmly talk myself into ignoring all the excuses trying to get through first thing in the morning then one of them will scupper the plans entirely. The only thing that tends to happen differently with a bike ride is that when you are feeling into it as you riding it’s easy to think I’ll just add a loop’ to your route and end up doing a lot more than you planned to! (That’s what cyclists do…)

  5. markbialczak says:

    You are very strong mentally, Austin.

  6. AAristizabal says:

    Congratulations on your running! We are always master negotiators when it comes to talking one’s own self into something hard but accomplishing. Best!

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