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December 19, 2011

6 Things I have Learned in 6 Months

6 Things I Have Learned in 6 Months

I started running 6 months ago. It was June, right after my birthday and my motivation was high. Even when you are doing something you love, it’s easier when you have that surge of motivation. What’s hard is sticking with it. Part of what I think about in relation to my running is what makes us stick with anything? Most especially, why would you or I or anyone stick with something we don’t like if it was not either necessary or for some great tangible reward?

At 6 months in, running has lost its newness, but it has not stopped being a source of discovery for me. In fact, I think there are little things I learn all the time. So today, I am making a list of 6 things I have learned. These might not even be the most important things, but they are the ones that I have in my head today.

  1. I actually can run. Trust me, I had my doubts
  2. Attitude matters. Especially on days when it’s cold or I’m too busy or something hurts. Maintaining a mindset of “I am going to do this because I am committed to it” gets me running
  3. It’s fine to be mediocre. This is a personal lesson for me. I like being good – I prefer to be great.
  4. Setbacks don’t have to be the end. When I got pneumonia in November and had to stop running for 2 weeks, it was very hard to start again. And when I did, I was slower and my lungs hurt and I couldn’t go very far. It felt like starting over with a handicap. But I did it and I got back to where I was.
  5. Little things make a difference. Since I don’t particularly enjoy the act of running itself – music, a good audiobook, running at sunset at the beach – these things make my experience worthwhile.
  6. Learning something new feels good in and of itself. My kids think the fact that mom has taken up running is a great curiosity. They sort of assumed that adults don’t do new stuff. (ha)

Lessons big and small are only as good as what you do with the information. Part of why I have made a minimum 1-year commitment to running is that I want to be sure to really give myself the time to learn the lessons here. Half way there, I am pretty sure I have only just begun.

Jacqueline

 

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  1. Azyadeh
    December 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Thanks doctor. I am looking forward to reading more from you. I just started riding a bike. I thought I wouldn’t be able yo do it and I was surprised than not only I can but I am starting to love it. Thanks!

    • Jacqueline Jacques
      December 20, 2011 at 4:19 am #

      Thanks Azyadeh! I will also look forward to hearing about your experience. Best to you and your family. Dr J

  2. ams
    December 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    E. probably helps actually having a beach too – lol!

    • Jacqueline Jacques
      December 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

      Absolutely! Best distraction in the world.