There is a lot of power in buying a cute outfit; let me prove it to you. I purchased a pretty pink t-shirt, black capri leggings, and a skirt. Then I put on my bright socks, brighter sneakers, favorite baseball hat, and black sunglasses. Just like a little kid who puts on his new sneakers and is convinced he can jump higher and run faster, I went out for a run.
My whole life I’ve avoided running with the same zeal that I avoided real math classes as an undergraduate student. Everything in my mind tells me that running is boring, stupid, and not for me. It’s for other people, for runners.
Every Thanksgiving our family participates in a great event, The Mesa Turkey Trot. Notice, I used the term “participates” because we don’t all run. My husband, daughter, and sons have all run. I walk. But the last few years I’ve thought, “Next year I will run.” Thoughts don’t get the job done.
But thoughts do plant seeds. After the 2013 Turkey Trot I told myself that 2014 would be different. The next day I went out for a run, only to blow out both of my ankles. This led me to all sorts of other mis-starts to include being embarrassed in my neighborhood by my tortoise-like pace, going it alone because my family of athletes had bigger and badder fitness plans, and, well, I looked silly in my old walking sneakers, dumpy sweatpants, and boxy t-shirts. Which led me to May 2014 and my cute outfit.
On May 7, 2014 I ran for the first time in my life as a runner. Almost two months later, I’m stilling running. I’ll tell you more about the details of this running metamorphosis in future posts. For now, I’m curious. Have you ever “acted as if” to encourage something good to happen? My husband, Dave, and I teach our children to “act as if” you’re happy, and you will be. Act as if you are grateful, and you will be. Act as if you are confident, and you will be. It just never crossed my mind to act as if I was runner in order to become one. Until now.
Who do you want to be? Tell me your story. I’m eager to cheer you on to victory!
Have a great rest of the week 🙂 ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc
PS: The attached picture is of me, the speck, running in beautiful Ely, Nevada.