It is fifteen months since I started this Operation Move gig.
I don’t know that I thought I’d stick with it this long, truth be told. Of course I had good intentions, but I’ve had those in the past too and spent countless dollars on unused gym memberships over the years. I’d miss a session, then two, then forget why I even signed up in the first place.
I think there are two reasons why running has become such an important part of my life.
The first; community.
Our Operation Move team blows me away every single day. This is the most supportive place on the internets, and the virtual high fives there are often what gets me off my bum and out the door when I’m lagging.
The second thing that keeps me going? Being old.
Well, I’m not that old. I turned 37 in October. But there are some big advantages in taking up running for the first time in your mid 30’s.
I don’t have a swathe of teenaged personal records taunting me, because I never ran as a teen. I’ve not raced anything or anyone before, so I can’t bemoan how much slower I am than I once was.
I am FASTER than I have ever been. I am STRONGER than I have ever been.
I have achieved things that I would have scoffed at as impossibilities not two years ago.
That is a pretty amazing feeling.
And every record broken pushes me on. Makes me move the goalposts again, and aim even higher.
Every PB reinforces this feeling that I can do amazing things. Things that I never thought possible, both running related and not.
Even if I’m having the worst week ever, a new personal record lifts me up so much because even if I can’t do ANYTHING right in my entire life, I can run.
In many ways it still shocks me how much I love running, and the impact it has had on my entire life. It sounds wanky, and I’d have rolled my eyes out of my head reading this just a year ago.
But it is the truth.
How about you? What drives you when you can’t be bothered? What gets you out the door?