Day 10: Change is Possible

This is a re-run post I wrote about one year ago. This trying to post every day is a challenge for someone who, prior to the 31 Days series, had only written seven posts for the entire year. It feels a bit like trying to run a 5K without training for it. So, I’m pacing myself a bit and leaving a few days for reprints and what-not. This post was actually written on a Monday last fall, so when it says, “yesterday” in the post, it is technically “one year ago.” I’m sure you’re all smart enough to understand. 🙂

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Yesterday, I woke up at 5:55 a.m. — by my own choice — to go for a run.

Let me repeat myself.

Yesterday, I woke up at 5:55 a.m. — by my own choice — to go for a run.

This may not be such a big deal to some people, but for this non-morning person who has always hated running, it’s a pretty big deal!

My husband had to leave earlier than normal for work, so if I was going to keep up with my Couch to 5K running plan, I had to get my run in before he left. So, I set my alarm. Then, I had a hard time falling asleep because I had taken a Sunday afternoon nap. Then, I got woke up two times in the night by kids. And it would have been really easy to turn off my alarm. It would have been really easy to just quit.

But, I didn’t.

I got up early and went for a run, and I gained such a sense of accomplishment! My great feelings came less from the fact that I went for a run, but more from the fact that I didn’t quit. Usually, I just kind of give up. Or congratulate myself for at least trying. Or make excuses for why something just isn’t for me.

I cannot tell you how much I have learned from what I thought was just a silly little running thing. I’ll attempt to share more in future blog posts [good thing the 31 Days series is holding me accountable to that!], but for now I am just amazed to see that change is possible.

It’s hard.

It’s challenging.

Every time I run I still feel like stopping for a break.

And, man, it’s dark at 6:00 in the morning!

But, as I force myself to keep up with the running plan, I’m finding this new desire to tackle things that I’ve come to think might always stay the same.

I can stop being a night owl and learn to be a morning person.

I can become more patient.

I can be more organized.

I can love that person who always rubs me the wrong way.

If I can learn to run, well, then just about anything is possible.

And, if I can change, well, then you can change, too.

 

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4 thoughts on “Day 10: Change is Possible

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