Thursday, August 18, 2011

No mile left behind

Part of the reason why I got fat in the first place is because I like to eat large amounts of yummy foods and sit on my ass I am an "all or nothing" type thinker. Luckily, I've really been able to work on this.

For example, in the old days if I was in the mood for a burger, it wouldn't occur to me that I could order a burger and get a side salad and diet coke. No. All or nothing baby! Bacon cheeseburger deluxe with fries and MAYO and a milk shake please… That was my M.O.  Now I roll differently.

As I've discussed, this summer has been a little challenging when it's come to running. It's starting to pick up and I'm getting back in the swing but either way, I've decided something.

I will honor every mile I walk/skip/run. No mile will be left unappreciated.

I used to think if I only had 10-20 minutes, why bother? Other people have said the same thing to me, "Eh I can't see the point in only running for 15 or 20 minutes so I skipped it."

This is the wrong attitude and I will never skip a 10 - 15 - 20 minute opportunity to run again. If I have those minutes and can take them, I will take them. My power walk / light jog of 20 mins today yielded 1.5 miles.  I wasn't going to do anything today since yesterday I ran four and tomorrow I'm scheduled for 6 (and I'm resting an achey hip) but I decided to reach for the treadmill instead of food to beat a little case of the blahs...

In any case, 1.5 miles just once a week for a year adds up to just about 3 full marathons! The big picture is remarkable. Think about what an accomplishment it is to run just one marathon… Sure 3 spread out over the course of the year doesn't pack quite the same punch but why should we still act like running more than 75 miles isn't a big deal? What if you double that? Take those 2 days a week you weren't going to run at all and do 1.5 instead… Well now you're looking at an extra 150 miles in your year and 12 miles in your month… Why leave those miles behind when you can grab them!

Aside from a good little boost of energy, depression fighting endorphins, and a few calories burned - it's just good for you.  It also keeps you running and mentally in the game.

So that's my big revelation of the day and I thought I'd share.

No more all or nothing thinking when it comes to running for me. I am obviously going to aim higher than a 1.5 miles or 20 minutes of exercise for the regular but I'll also no longer snub or discount the shorter workouts either. They all make a difference.

Every mile counts, every step forward is another step in the right direction of whatever your journey is.

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