Trying To Start Running And Failing Isn’t The End Of The World. Try Again!
My first outdoors running attempt was a disaster. I gave up after 2 miles and walked the rest of the route home.
I immediately thought of excuses to cancel the marathon, return to ‘normal’ life and to never have to worry about running again.
If I’d went through with that, then I wouldn’t have ran 2 marathons and 6 half marathons. I’d be back up to my original weight of 272 pounds or worse and I’d be feeling awful about it.
When I failed on that winter evening in 2011, I was pretty cut up about it at the time, but when I got home I felt a remarkable sense of calm.
I’ve no idea where the serenity came from. I relaxed all evening watching documentaries about space, went to bed early and got up refreshed next morning and thought to myself ‘Why not try yesterday’s run again, only a little slower?’.
So I went out there. And ran 4 miles. 1 day after feeling that it was all over, it was back on again.
That’s why if you’ve tried running before and it didn’t work for you first time, it’s worth trying again.
You’ve got nothing to lose but your pre-conceptions that you’re ‘not a runner’. I felt the same way about myself at the time, that somehow others were special (mad, athletic or just stupid, I dunno) if they enjoyed running.
Just give it another go and see how it goes.