Some days running is pure joy. Today was not one of those days.

I’m waaaaaaaay behind schedule. Way behind. I’m scheduled to run a half marathon in two months, and prior to today I hadn’t trained more than three miles. Motivation has been a huge problem this spring. I’ve still laced up and gone running several days each week, but I simply haven’t wanted to run very far.

Tip of the hat to Jolie Kerr for introducing me to my new life motto: JFDI. Just fucking do it.

I ran five miles this morning. I didn’t want to. I wanted to stay in bed and be warm warm and cozy. But I got up, I put on my shoes, and I just fucking did it.

JFDI does not just apply to running. Many parts of life are unpleasant but necessary. No one likesflossing their teeth or paying bills or cleaning the bathroom, but they need to be done. Of course these things are uncomfortable and gross. That doesn’t make them any less mandatory.

Signing up for a race is more than a one day commitment to cheering crowds and a medal. It’s a commitment to the entire process, and I voluntarily signed on to do it.  I know it will be worth it in the end. Some days along the way will be difficult, but dwelling on the hard times won’t get me any closer to the finish line. I just need to shake it off and do the work.

Quit stalling, quit complaining, and JFDI.

Originally published 3/15/14

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