Posted Saturday, Jan 19, at 11:57pm.
Today I ran 5 miles! I don't remember for sure, but it's probably the longest run of my life. How did I do it? The answer is simple.
One step at a time.
There are no shortcuts here. If we want to run 5 miles, over the course of many minutes, we will need to take many, many, many steps, over and over, one step at a time.
And to be honest, it's not easy. First of all, we need to start running, and guaranteed, doing whatever we're currently doing is far more comfortable than running. And if starting our 5-mile journey isn't the hardest part, then somewhere between miles 0 and 5, we'll encounter those inevitable feelings of boredom, exhaustion, or for whatever other reason, "I think that's enough. Let's stop."
But No. That is NOT how 5 miles are run.
The way 5 miles are run is this. First, realize that the only way to do something that takes forever is to start. And second, no matter how shitty the low-point at mile 3 may be, regardless of how impossible our goal seems at that point, mile 5 will always be closer after taking another step.
That is, right when things can't get any worse, it's the perfect time to take another step. After all, that step is guaranteed to be better than the previous one, and our situation will only improve from there.
And that, like all great accomplishments in life, is how 5 miles are run.
P.S. Here's the route I took. I took the "run in one direction until you get to 2.5 miles, then turn around" approach. This image doesn't do it that much justice, but Nike+ is pretty cool. It tracks stats nicely, and I'd recommend it to friends.
Tagged with reflections.