From time to time, I go back and read posts from the past. Sometimes I go back a few weeks, looking for follow ups to what I’ve recently written about. But sometimes, I go back even further. It’s on these older posts that I’m able to judge just how far I’ve come and try and shape my ideas of where I want to go. It’s these posts that remind me of who I used to be:
I used to be a guy who would only run on the treadmill in my home because I didn’t want other people to see how bad of a runner I was.
I used to be a guy who would take a break from running before he finished his first 1/2 mile.
I used to be a guy who HAD to run with his ipod.
I used to be a guy who had to talk himself into running.
I used to be a guy who would alter his routes to avoid running hills.
I used to be a guy who would give up running when the running got tough.
I used to be a guy who thought that running 10-minute-miles was impossible.
I used to be a guy who thought that running 9-minute-miles was impossible.
I used to be a guy who thought that running 8-minute-miles was impossible.
I’m not that guy anymore. Running has made a believer out of me. It’s given me the confidence to believe that I can do anything that I put my mind to. We all have a “running” inside of us. It’s in there just waiting for us to release it.
At first it won’t want to come out because it’s been trapped for so long. You’ll have to coax it. You’ll have to wear your ipod and run on the treadmill in private. But once it comes out and sees what it’s been missing, it will never want to go back in its cage.
Yeah, I’ve come a long way. But there’s still room for improvement.
I’m still a guy who thinks that running 7 minute miles is impossible. We all have goals to shoot for, right? What are yours? More importantly, do you know what YOUR “running” is?