I am a fan of gentleness. I should write a book about the gentle approach. I try to be easy on everyone — forgiving and kind. Especially myself. But not with running. I can’t be. I have to be unforgiving and unkind.
I have to just do it. The Nike ad is right. You don’t want to do it. But you have to. Because it works. Seriously.
I got my sorry self out of the house at around 9 yesterday morning, stepping over the kids’ snowpants and my own bad self esteem.
I headed down into Riverside Park to the river. The sidewalk was clear; the snow still clinging to the branches. I ran for 1.1 miles. And it took me 14 minutes! Yes. Beat that!
I stopped for bagels and strawberries for the fam on the way home. I seriously walked into the apartment giddy with happiness.
Running is a mood enhancer. I am going to sign up for a 5K in March with my kids and my coworkers (Join us — http://www.coogans.com/events/).
I am going to run slowly, but I am going to stay in the race. And I’ll be happy when I’m done.