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I see this every year...

Saturday, January 07, 2017

During my run this morning, I realized that there were many runners/walkers along the trail. I could not help noticing their fancy workout clothes and their obviously new sneakers. They looked enthusiastic, like people with a definite plan. Some had trainers running with them, some walked with friends/family/dogs. It was like a scene from January 2016.

I remember noticing the same increased number of joggers/walkers last January. And the January before that one. The numbers dwindled in February, further in March. By June/July, when the weather got colder and colder, I hardly saw any joggers/walkers, except for the hardcore guys from the armed forces. Because female joggers/walkers all but disappeared, I stuck out among the enthusiasts. The armed forces guys would take time to encourage me and even coach me. They'd even comment if I'd missed too many runs and ask whether I'd been out of town.

I enjoy seeing many people on the trail, especially ladies of all ages. I encourage them and always wave hello, because that's how the armed forces guys keep me encouraged through the year. I hope they last past March because I know that's the only way to get stronger and better and healthier. It's easy to step out when you've just made your resolutions and energy levels are still high. When the gear is new and stylish and the pounds drop of week by week. But after March, when the novelty wears off, you need to dig a lot deeper to find the motivation to keep at it. I read articles and blogs on SP. I watch 'my 600 lb life' on TLC to remind myself why I have to keep doing what I do. I remind myself that running is not going to kill me, it will only make me stronger. And I look out for the armed forces guys and admire how easily they seem to run up those hills, and I convince myself that one day that will be me.

You've got to stick it out past March. You've got to make it a lifestyle change.
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