Monday, March 12, 2012

New Label: Running

I'm in the process of building a new habit. I'm becoming a runner.

I've already become one in my mind, and my day-to-day routine is now two and a half weeks into the new habit.

I'm run/walking three days a week: Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays. Tuesdays and Thursdays are cross-training days for strength (but not legs). Fridays and Sundays are for stretching and/or Pilates. That's the plan, and so far so good.

My New Year's affirmation is "I choose to be in charge of my habits. I let it be easy."

Fitness is nothing more than the result of habits, mostly involving exercise. So I've decided to let it be easy.

I'm using Psycho-Cybernetic's visualization techniques to create a new image: Don the Runner. (He's fit. He can run 30 minutes at a time, three days a week. At 60, he looks back and says, "It was in February of 2012 that I began to run. That's when I became a runner.")

I've done about a dozen run/walks so far. Too many the first week. Now I'm learning. I bought some new shoes: running shoes. My first pair ever. (Though I did buy some trail running shoes once. I tried that until I sprained an ankle.)

This time... I'm going to try to be smarter.

I picture myself on Tax Day (April 15th) running. Why?

To avoid becoming this statistic: "80% of runners stop after 4 weeks!"  But 20% don't quit. I intend to be the one out of five who doesn't quit.

So, I'm beginning a new label: Running. This is the first entry. I've been providing a bit of a running commentary over on FaceBook, but I decided to move some of that "chatter" over here, where I can muse on.

I'm on a new journey of fitness, discovery, and self-mastery. I'm living my dream for 2012: "I choose to be in charge of my habits. I let it be easy." Running is a part of that dream.

If I can master my habits... What then? I don't know, but Dr. Seuss gives me some clues:

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself 
any direction you choose. 
You're on your own. 
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go....
Dr. Seuss, Oh! The Places You'll Go!


  1. Good for you Don! I will be happy to follow your running journey here. I'm a walker, but I am tempted to join the runners' ranks!

    1. @September: Glad to have you as a reader/comment-maker, and fellow exerciser. I'll bet a lot of the info re: running pertains to walking as well. (And for you to join the ranks of runners is just a matter of leaning a bit more forward when you walk... as you start to fall... put that foot out... now you're running! ;-)