New Years’ resolutions about getting fit would come and go until eventually, it started to bother me.
"I had made the transition from starting a habit to being fit, both in my body and mind.”
That’s when I realised that a big part of the issue was that I lacked a clear and motivating goal. This is when things started to shift.
I decided to enter into a 10km fun run and to use the opportunity to raise funds for breast cancer research. Truthfully, this was as much about staying on track as it was about supporting a great cause.
10km seemed like a long distance and three months didn’t strike me as very long to get ready. These feelings proved to be a motivating force and helped me get disciplined in my approach.
I began by going for a 3-4km jog before work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and built up from there. It became easier to get up, I felt improvement, I progressed to more frequent, longer runs.
The day itself was wonderful. The excitement spurred me on to a personal best time of 57 minutes. 60 minutes had been my goal; and I went on to complete more and longer runs The habit of jogging stuck with me. I had made the transition from starting a habit to being fit, both in my body and mind.