Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The first mile

Boy. That first mile sucks.
Each time I go for a run, which is 6 days a week when I'm training for a fight, it's the first mile that's the hardest. I'm always wondering why I can't move my legs any faster, why the incline seems so steep, I wonder how I'm going to get through the entire run if the very first mile is this hard. And inevitably, once I push through that first mile then everything gets better, my breathing gets smooth, my legs start moving, the incline doesn't seem so bad anymore and I think "ok. I can do this."

Very same thing happens for the first round that I jump rope. I guess it's like a car with a standard transmission. It takes more effort to put the car in first gear to get it going then to switch into second or third gear after the car is already in motion. Makes sense but doesn't make it less sucky, lol.

I found that the best strategy is to not think about. If I sit and think of how hard that first mile is going to be, I may decide to just not run at all or I'll run but I'll focus on how hard it is and then it's really feel like it's hard. Instead of just doing it and getting it over with.

That's Nike's line right? "Just do it". But for real, it's so true!
And I only truly started understanding the depth of its meaning since I've been doing muay thai and trained like a real athlete, or since I've become a real athlete I should say.
We always make reasons why we can't work out, don't we? Or why we can't do more than 10 push-ups. We make excuses for ourselves. "I can't do this because...", "I can't do that because..."
Truth is we can do just about anything. All it takes is to "Just do it".
You just need to start doing it and keep doing it. And one day you'll wake up and realize that you just did it.

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