Remember when you got your first smartphone? You turned it on and there was all that new, surprising, stuff that you didn’t even expect? Apps! I can Facebook from my phone, what? It was fun discovering all it could do.
That stuff’s old news now, which is why people don’t like the new iPhone. Nothing new to see…except some colors you’re going to cover up with an OtterBox anyway.
Remember your last run? In your same ol’ ‘hood? That same poodle growled at you. Same number of cracks in the asphalt. (Or worse, on the treadmill.) You ran your same pace you always run. You did speed work…the same speed work you did last week.
Ugh. Gag me with a chocolate GU!
Some people thrive on the “same old” routine. But these are the people who still use flip-phones and have been working at Corporate Co. for 235 years. Not that old-school communication devices and long-term company loyalty are bad things, they’re just not for everyone.
Now, think back to your first ever run. You went farther than you thought you would. You saw your neighborhood in a new way–not in a car. You climbed hills you didn’t think you could climb (in fact, you didn’t even realize there was a hill there before). A bug flew into your eye. Someone honked at you. This was some exciting new shit you didn’t expect!
Your last run. Same old shit.
Your first run. Exciting shit.
Getting my point?
You’re bored of the same old shit. Unless you’re training for the Olympics or something, there’s no reason to keep doing the same old running routine over and over again.
Do something new. And keep doing new stuff.
Probably not this (but if you do, definitely record it on your iPhone and post it to YouTube, k?):
Amen sister! So true. I’ve been running at Ruston in the mornings and I love it! I wish I didn’t get tired of doing the same thing over and over and over…
That sounds delightful. I am jealous.
This is funny!! I totally understand this. I have to change my route up a bit for a happier run. When I have to run the same route it seems like I look at my watch a trillion times just waiting for the run to be over. But when I go somewhere new and exciting my watch seems less of a distraction. I also need to keep my mind focused on being thankful to run, the other day I tweaked my ankle and it was quick how my attitude changed from “Ugh running”… to “No I need to run…I’m happy to run!!” My ankle is well now and I’m happy to say it didn’t derail me that much but it was a test of what my inner desire really was.
I hear you, I barely ran this year and it felt like a task. Life was to busy with moving and getting married and a big project at work. At some point, I decided to stop running and I feel better now, don’t have the constant guilt.