should stop eating the cashews, but try to
find the genius who can tell you how.
Despite a litany of fits and starts, I
somehow survived the long, excruciating
run-hating period, and made it to the
other side with an ability to tolerate and
even (on good days) enjoy successive
sweat-soaked miles. I know—weird, beautiful. Pass the tissues. Discipline played
only a minor role in my transformation.
I relied on a hodgepodge of tricks, cheap
thrills, and occasional deep thoughts laid
out here in no order of importance—they
were all important. I made plenty of mistakes when I started running five years
ago, but I’m still in, so I must have done
something right. If only one of these
points keeps you from quitting, then, as
they say, this will all have been worth it.
Keep it comfortable. Easy may never
be the first word that comes to mind
when you think about running, but it
should be in the beginning. If you suddenly realize your gut has reached the
edge of your desk and you hit the road in
it’s okay to disguise the fact that you’re
running: ‘hey, pizza guy—forgot your tip!’
a panic to try to erase the problem with a
desperate, blistering run, you may go out
a few more times (provided you don’t injure yourself), but at some point shortly
thereafter, you’ll quit. On the other hand,
if you go out and stop the moment you
grow uncomfortable, you’ll think running is easy because it actually will be.
Your long-term chances of continuing a
brief, easy habit are much greater than
they are for a desperate, punishing one.
Don’t worry about speed. Go as slow
as your pride allows—as slow as the
people you ridiculed before you tried this
yourself. If you run alone on desolate
country roads like I do, you’re at an advantage. And you can always speed up when
the rare car passes. The person in the car
doesn’t care how fast or slow you’re going,
by the way. Everyone knows you can run
faster, but you can’t run faster for long,
and long is what you’re after.
Tell someone. Walk up to your most
unsupportive acquaintance and inform
him you’ve started running. This is preferably a person who is as lazy as you were
just before the first run (one run and
you’re no longer lazy!), someone who will
chuckle or even make fun of you. Ridicule is a strong motivator. Ask anyone
who has achieved anything in life to tell
you about the high school teacher who
told him he’d never amount to anything.
Get new shoes. I had a hard time with
this one because there were decent shoes
lying all over the house. Not running
shoes, but I didn’t want to spend $100 on
something I wouldn’t use in a month.
Which is exactly why you should buy
them. Get the expensive ones that will
shame you, from the closet floor all the
way across the room, into a run.
Find a running partner. It doesn’t
matter if he is faster, slower, or right on
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