Monday “What Went Well”: Just do it.

Ah, there’s that nifty Nike slogan again. Thing is, it’s basically 100% right.

Um, when am I doing that long run? Oh, yeah, that's right. I'm doing it now. (Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
Um, when am I doing that long run? Oh, yeah, that’s right. I’m doing it now. (Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

I’m training for a marathon to end 2014 and yesterday I ran a 15-miler on a morning when I really wanted to stay in bed. My coach said, do it slower than you want to for the first 12 miles, then pick it up for the last three miles if you feel like it. I felt like it. By the time I got to mile 2, I was happy again. It was a good day to run in Seattle (actually a little warmer and sunnier than ideal, by the time I was done), but the important thing was, it got done.

Strive for actions, not outcomes.

That’s my mantra going into this last stretch of 2014. An attendee at a talk I gave a few weeks ago asked about the importance of goal-setting. I responded that I now strive for taking actions and rewarding myself for them – not striving for an outcome and only being satisfied with that particular outcome. It changes the psychology a little bit there. The power is in our hands completely to take an action. So, we either do it – or we don’t.

Yes, I could have stayed inside yesterday. But there was that voice in my head (you have voices in your head, too, right? Please tell me I’m not the only one) that said, “Hey, you’re only a couple of months out from that race you want to run, so don’t you want to train so you have a good chance to run well?” Yep, I do want that. And I’ve done both things: trained for a marathon and run well, and trained sort of halfheartedly and run sort of halfheartedly. Running well is WAY more fun, let me tell you.

So, for the last two and a half months of 2014, let’s have some fun.

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Yesterday’s Every48 workout: 15 miles RUNNING at an easy pace, with a little bit more speed mixed in for the last three miles. Done just in time to watch the Seahawks-Rams game from the middle of the second quarter onward.

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