When I started out, what stopped me running for months was that I thought everything needed to be perfect. I thought that I had to have the best shoes, a well planed diet and a hardcore running plan first. Can you guess what happened? I procastinated and delayed running for much longer than I needed to.
When I finally took the plunge and went for my first proper run, it felt great. Sure, I wasn’t majorily fit and I made a few errors during the run itself (running too far) and afterwards (not eating enough protein) but making the shift from researching to doing was incredible.
We spend too much time procastinating
I’m not the only one who has experienced procastination when it comes to running. Over the years I’ve heard friends, family members and work colleagues tell me that they were waiting for the right time to start running despite it being something that they’ve ‘always wanted to do.’ What were they waiting for? Like me, they believed that they needed to have all the right knowledge, the best shoes, an exceptional diet and training plan all mapped out. The stars to be in alignment, in other words.
Like many things in life, the right time to get started with running doesn’t exist. It just simply doesn’t. Regardless of how many blog posts you read, how many YouTube videos you watch and how many podcasts you listen to, there will come a time when you need to take action. Your first run will probably not be very fun nor will it be pretty. However, getting out there and doing something will take you from the researching stage to the doing stage. When you do this, I guarantee that you will feel more fulfilled than ever.
Start, then learn. Don’t learn, then start.
I recently saw a very inspiring youtube video by Andrew Kirby, titled ‘Start, then learn. Don’t learn, then start‘ which summarises this beautifully.
Andrew brilliantly explains that there are often 100s of steps in achieving the grand goals that we set for ourselves, Whether that’s starting a business, a YouTube channel or running a marathon. Often, we believe that we need to focus on all 100 steps at the same time which causes overwhelm and paralysis. Instead, we should be focusing on step 1, making progress on that, then moving onto step 2.
There’s a lot of truth in this idea. Think about when you learnt to drive a car. You didn’t sit in the driver’s seat for the first time, knowing how to drive a car perfectly did you? Of course not. You focused on step 1 first (sitting in the driver’s seat). Once you mastered that, you got familiar with the controls and the various buttons at your disposal (step 2). Over the course of weeks and months, you progress through the various steps and before you know it you’ve arrived at step 100 (driving a car for a whole journey).
If not know, when?
The main message that I want to give you in this post is to start running now. Don’t wait any longer. Put some running shoes on, head out the door and run half a mile. That’s it. It won’t be perfect but this half a mile will give you the experience and confidence to progress to a whole mile. Then 2. Then 3, and so on. Before you know it, you’ll have gotten lots of running experience under your belt and you’ll be able to confidently call yourself a runner.
Don’t paralyse yourself thinking that you need all the answers. Start running first, find out the answers as you go.