Running on hold…
My hip is better, but I still have pain. I figured out that a light slow jog is less painful than walking, but I am not going to take any chances. I have a Chiropractor appointment later today, so hopefully that will help. This all comes from the time I jammed my hip while running on a sidewalk. Lesson: When running on a sidewalk, don’t get distracted.
So yesterday I went for a 2 mile walk. The main reason is to keep my “running habit” going for when I am better, which I hope is soon. My theory from 16 months of running is that in order to be a consistent runner, it must become a habit. Habit is the key to most success in life. If you can create a habit, you can be consistent and succeed where others fail.
I used to run 3 days a week. I did this for a month or two and then it stopped. 16 months ago I started running 6 days a week. I’m still running. I’ve learned that in order to create a habit, one must do the same thing at the same time of the day. Don’t hear me wrong. I didn’t mean to say the same time, as in 2:00. I mean the same time as in after an event that happens every day.
Let me explain.
I run after work, which works well for the winter and lousy for the summer. Because of what I do for a living I get home at various times, but for me it is usually between 2:00 – 4:00. As soon as I get home I run. Everyone know this and even the dog leaves me alone. I go upstairs, get changed, say goodbye to my Lovely Wife and head out the door. Everyday weekday. This has created a habit that even if I want to stop, I really can’t. Of course Mondays are my day off, but even then I go outside and walk a couple miles. On the weekends I do have to adjust, so I run as soon as I get up and eat. Every weekend I do the same thing.
So yesterday I decided to walk since I didn’t think I should take a chance on running and I didn’t want to break my habit. I got home, got changed, said goodbye and walked for 2 miles. I came home, played with the dog outside while I cooled down and then went upstairs and showed.
I don’t know why I went into this today, maybe because I didn’t have much to write about. Suffice to say, habits are important to any success, whether exercise, work, family, even spending time with “the dog”. Next time you want to be successful at something, just do it the same time everyday for 3 weeks and it will become a habit. It might get boring, but no one said success was always exciting.
Do the same thing, the same time, everyday and you will succeed!