The hardest part is getting started. It’s a cliché, but it is so true. Once you start, that little spark, I like to call momentum, just takes over and makes things a whole lot easier. Once you start, why would you stop? You’re already “in-motion”, moving toward whatever you’ve set out for yourself. As you keep going, with that momentum, it builds up and things don’t seem so bad or hard. And you know, “an object at rest tends to stay at rest, while an object in motion tends to stay in motion.” All you need is that initial GO, that PUSH, and then you can let momentum take over.
I had one of the best yoga practices I’ve had in a while last Saturday. My body simply felt amazing flowing through my practice. My body was so flexible and strong while my balance was spot on. I was nailing poses and holding them forever, I didn’t want it to end. This got me pretty excited for my Sunday run the next morning, thinking I was in a really good physical/mental place. Plus the fact that the weather was supposed to be 50 degrees and sunny helped with the excitement too.
The next morning I set out for my run around 9:45ish. As I’m leaving the back door, some kid is getting wheeled out on a stretcher by paramedics. (I think he broke his leg)…bad omen right there! But I set my Nike+ app to start and began my run down “the hill of death” (coming back up at the end of my run is always so cruel!). The first 2 miles were really rough. Even though it was my first time running in the sun since the last two weeks of snow, ice, and rain, it just didn’t feel good. My first mile was super slow, the slowest first mile I’ve ever run. I didn’t think I would make it to the 6.5 miles I had planned.
However, I had already started, I already finished that first hard mile. The second wasn’t great either, but after that, things started to feel better in my body. I really could careless about my time. I’m only aware of it because my app shouts it out at every mile. Which is really funny (awkward) when I’m passing some pedestrian on the sidewalk and my phone starts talking (loudly), haha! Anyway, at 2 miles I always know I can keep it up, since I only have to turnaround and run back to get 4 miles and then I just have one “out” mile and “back” to finish with 6. From there it’s up to how I feel and if I feel like doing just a bit more.
By the time I was at mile 5, I was hot, sweaty, but not tired, I was feeling good. The little things kept me going. Two beautiful coffee tables thrown on the curb, wood-burning stoves from houses making the world smell like comfort, and little kids riding scooters as their parents ushered them out of my way. I turned around for that “back mile” and knew I had this. My momentum was strong. As my phone shouted out the 6 mile mark, something clicked. The momentum I had built up during this run was at its peak. I felt like I was flying, I didn’t even feel my body or legs. I was just moving effortlessly through space. I knew I wanted to run further than just one last mile. So I went for 7. I didn’t want this momentum to stop. I’d earned it. I started, it was hard, but I was rewarded with a feel good accomplishment (my longest run), a runner’s high, and a damn awesome burst of MOMENTUM to propel me into the coming week.
I’m always really inspired to write after my workouts. This word, momentum, really took over my thoughts. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s really hard to start. I struggle with it everyday. Reading that first page, writing that first sentence, running that first mile. It is HARD. But I know that the only way to get things done, to make an accomplishment, to feel GOOD, you just need to start. Once you start, you will start building momentum. That’s all you need to keep going and accomplish what you want. The reward is waiting; that pay-off and satisfaction can easily be yours if you just start and let momentum guide you.
It will get easier. I know it can seem daunting, but I promise it will. You just need to find that momentum and soon enough you’ll be unstoppable!
So tell me:
+ Do you agree that the hardest part is getting started and finding that momentum?
+ What’s a recent task you had a hard time starting or struggled with in the beginning, but ended up with a wonderful accomplishment in the end?
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