What’s 30 minutes worth to you?

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Relaxing in a bar in Barcelona. 

There are days when I really don’t feel like running. And by not feel like running, I mean really, really, really, I would prefer to just sit on the couch or in my chair and just sit and relax. You know what that’s like. We all do. But when you’re trying to stay fit, that’s not acceptable. There has to be some way to motivate yourself to get up, get out, and get that run done. I found a way that has been working for me better than anything else.

I remember all the times I sat in my chair at my desk in my home office watching the hours tick by, the entire time thinking to myself, “If I’d have just gone out for thirty minutes, I’d have been done long ago.” That stuck with me, and yesterday, when I really, REALLY didn’t feel like running for no other reason than because I was just not in the mood, it struck me: it’s just thirty minutes. There’s not much I can get done in thirty minutes anyway, so I may as well get this run accomplished.

I’m glad I did. I felt so much better when I was done, and yes, I accomplished something important. My runs are very important to me, and while I am always happy to be done with a run, I’m not always happy to start one. The difference between enthusiasm and discipline is that when we are enthusiastic about something, we are happy to do it. Discipline is what we use when we aren’t happy about doing something but we need to get it done anyway. Yesterday’s run was all about discipline, but even then, it sometimes takes a mind hack to get past the obstacle of “I don’t feel it.”

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After a run. I’m always smiling, because I accomplished something good for me.

It’s just thirty minutes. There’s not much you can accomplish in that time that is as good for you or can have such a long-lasting effect on your quality of life. Get out there and get it done. It’s just thirty minutes.

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