The following is an excerpt from “The Gift of Running”
“The hardest step for a runner
is the first one out of the front door.”
Oh, how true are those words! Even if you love running, some days are tougher than other to muster up the strength to take the first step. Nearly without fail, you will return from your run glad that you did it. Running gives more than it takes. You will be more relaxed and, in the long run, you will have more energy if you run.
But how do you convince your reluctant self to get up off of the couch when you just aren’t feeling it?
Every day that you go out and run,
you are writing your own legend,
becoming your own superhero.
What do you want the next chapter to say?
Some will say, “My own legend? Isn’t that a bit much for a runner as slow as me?” No. It isn’t too much. It is not enough. Millions of people are sitting on their couches, eating potato chips or bon-bons and wishing that they were in shape. They remember fondly the times earlier in life when they were more fit and active. They wish they were in better shape.
Well, guess what? You stopped wishing and started doing something about it. When you decide to go out and run when you just don’t feel like it, you are taking command of your own destiny. You aren’t sitting around wishing. You are a person of action. Each day that you defeat that blah feeling and passive state by going out and conquering those miles, whether or not you feel like it, you are becoming your own action hero. A real-life legend in your own time, you step out the door and defeat the enemies known as mediocrity, complacency, and passivity.
Every day that you go out and run, you are writing your own legend, becoming your own superhero. It doesn’t matter who else pays attention or knows the legend. This epic tale is for you. What do you want the next chapter to say?
Now pick up your cape and boots and head for the door. There are more fitness adventures to be had. You are a running legend. Go kick some butt!
“Train hard, race easy, & enjoy the run!” — P. Mark Taylor