This week marked halfway through my attempt to adopt Rich Habits and make my millions. While I had made great leaps in some areas, I was under the strain of trying to do the reverse of 17 new habits, hit daily do-to lists, reach monthly goals, think about the long term, self-improve every day, and so on and so forth. It simply did not feel possible. Lots of things had slipped. I had been turning to comfort food and I felt too tired to do much exercise. As a result, I felt like this:
Days 14 and 15 were on a weekend where I didn’t have much planned, so I went back to review what I had written down on Day 1. Whilst the career and blog stuff were coming along, I hadn’t made much progress on running, mostly because there wasn’t enough room in my life to fit that much in. Two runs per week was better than nothing, but that amount of training won’t exactly make Jo Pavey watch her back.
So despite feeling like Eric Cartman after a World of Warcraft binge, I dragged myself out for a 30 minute run. When I say ‘dragged’ – I mean it. I had to bribe myself with thoughts of roast chicken afterwards. To start off with, it wasn’t great – I was watching every minute. At about 18 minutes I had to stop because something was in my way, and I let myself entertain the thought that it was probably good enough for me to stop there. Thankfully, my inner ‘JK Simmons in Whiplash’ came out and did this:
So I made myself run up an extra hill and came back home after 31:25. One of the truisms about running is that you never regret going out for a run, only not going for a run. I felt much better afterwards and excited to go out running again, where only a few hours before I’d been left wondering whether I had fallen out of love with running.
Although I am loathe to say I have learned anything from a book so heavy on cheesy allegory, I have to admit that at the half-way point, I did feel glad to be doing this. Reversing all of my bad habits in one go was probably never going to work, but there is one habit worth keeping: regularly reviewing your goals and the progress you’ve made towards them. I hadn’t realised before that I was making the error of setting goals and then letting them fade from view.