When I set a goal to run my first 10k last summer, it was the first time I had ever started a regular training plan for running. I didn’t think it was possible for my legs to move me in a distance longer than 2.2 miles.
Turns out, I was wrong. All those around me were right! I used Hal Higdon’s training plan, which made it a breeze and a blast.
Looking back, the training was easy – the mileage was easy to accomplish, the schedule was easy to follow and there was no reason to consider that it couldn’t be done. Yet even as I stared running, I was still intimidated by the unknown. This was new to me and I didn’t know if my body could translate the numbers on the page into a physical accomplishment… but there was one comment by Hal that was more inspiring than anything else in his schedule… after all the tips and pointers, he said at one point, “Ok, now just go run. Put one foot in front of the other. It’s simple.”
There are so many areas in life where we sit around thinking, planning, considering, researching… when what we really should be doing is just going to put one foot in front of the other. It’s simple. You may not end up where you think you are going to go, you may be walking right into a wall… or even more scary, right off a cliff…. but if you don’t at least try, you will never know, and life isn’t about research or wishing things could happen… life is about movement, change, and new experiences. Unless you are happy with everything about your life right now, go find your training program. Find a run – and then do the most simple part, one foot in front of the other.
What else inspires you to put one foot in front of the other?