Today was my first day back running after Christmas, New Year and birthday celebrations.
I felt heavy, it was cold, I was running with the dog who was going a bit wild, but I did it.
I didn’t want to but I did it anyway, and I don’t think it was because of will power, rather it was some advice taken from James Clear’s Atomic Habits of setting yourself up for success. I laid out my running clothes last night, got out of bed this morning, put them on then came downstairs.
Deciding to go for a run is that much easier when you’re standing at your door in your running clothes with your trainers on.
It’s also coupled with his goal-setting advice of “becoming a runner” rather than “running a half marathon” The latter was the goal I followed last year and after I ran the half marathon I stopped running. This year I’m going to become a runner, I’m taking part in the same Inverness half marathon but it’s just a step, a milestone rather than the end.
If you haven’t checked out his book I highly recommend it.