And around and around we go
But when we choose the groove
It’s a whole different ball game
The revolutions and repetitions begin to work in our favour
Lo and behold
*I started a “streak” 30 days ago – a running streak – set loop – no further no less 5.6km per day.
The thing about a commitment or streak is that it gives the mind no place to hide
I actually track my streaks with an app aptly (sorry couldn’t help it 😂) named “streaks”
Thanks to my bull headed mulish tendencies when set on a course and the dread feeling of failing my app – I ran through chafe (bad combo of undies and tights quarter way through my streak had me noticing how close to broken glass scratching chafe can be) I bought a couple of thongs – not the sort that we Aussies wear on our feet (sorry if that is too much information) and kept running.
Eventually as of yesterday the chafe was gone (or rather – I now have callouses – too much info again I know – yet you have come this far – may as well continue reading )
So together with the aforementioned unmentionables,
I ran past the seduction of charming company and warm beds on Week-end mornings – I ran through sudden drops in temperature.
And I ran past my husbands frustrated utterances on watching me limp about earlier last month to “f*sake mate, give it a break for a day – the world won’t end”
But my streak would have
And the strangest thing happened around week two, alright three – I began to thrive and love my morning runs
Air pods and music helped immensely. Once I started using music to drown out the little whiney voice on my head it became mercifully peaceful instead.
Yesterday morning – because I have now decided to up the ante and run a 9km loop – I needed to leave in the pre dark dawn.
Because the majority of my run is along rock strewn trails I also put a head lamp on so I could see the terrain and so cars (on the highway part of the loop) could see me.
I don’t have to contend with “I don’t want to because…” anymore.
I’ve run through every excuse the whiney voice could come up with already so it doesn’t try it anymore.
The beauty of setting a 30 day no matter what commitment.
This run thing has become a habit, so now it runs itself – or rather it runs me.
I can’t not go
And that is the best bit about creating grooves of habit
Life is circular
Why not choose the path and the things we lap with?
I’m taking running – it has so many beneficial impacts that it is difficult to come up with a reason not to
Yoga – at least a set of sun salutations per day
9 glasses of water
And my new 50 a day plie squat routine (awesome for runners) it hurts now but it won’t in a few days and instead I will probably be adding to it.
It’s all set into my app now so obviously I cannot fail
But I am seriously limiting what I put in that hellish thing because;
Have you ever heard the tale (Hans Christian Anderson – I think it was) about the little girl who wished for red dancing shoes but then when she put them on her feet, couldn’t stop dancing and her feet grew bloody and her legs weak yet on and on but she couldn’t take the shoes off – they were stuck!
Yes, well, the streaks app is a bit like that but well worth it to sort your lazy ass out if you need it.
By the time you read this I’m off on my new daily 9km circuit in the dark with a head lamp on looking like a weird cyclops clip clopping along probably wondering when I can up the ante again – not for 20 days says my sensible adult
Part of me is still that little girl who wanted red dancing shoes 😁
Sorry for the long post – a bit enthusiastic about things at present which means I tend to waffle.
Have an awesome day ❤️
My running playlist at the moment – these things are always personal taste but sometimes it’s nice to try another’s perspective.