Just Go Anyway


I had a long run scheduled for Sunday…six miles according to the marathon plan I have been following.

But this past weekend had me feeling that familiar lazy-I just want to sit on the patio and drink my coffee- kind of feeling.

I did not want to go for a run.

All the excuses popped into my head.

I’m tired.

I don’t think I can run 6 miles today.

I think I feel a twinge here…or maybe there.

I should rest it more.

And honestly, I really did feel all of those things.

Begrudgingly, I tied my shoes. I hemmed and hawed over to have pig tails or a pony tail. Did I have the right music set?

PROCRASTINATION with a capital P!

I stood on the front step and looked down and snapped this picture. In that instance, I had a choice;  step off or go back inside.

I chose to take that step and off I went.

And truth be told?

The run totally sucked.

I really didn’t want to do it. It was hot & humid (I do not tolerate heat well at all-after having heat stroke in my lifeguard days).

I suffered through every single mile, bartering with myself…”when you get to that corner, we can walk.” or “you can make it another 5 minutes” Then I would get mad at myself for being such a wimp.

During the last mile, I told myself to shut up. It is ok to have an off day. Not every run is going to be awesome. The fact that I took the step and did it, no matter how ugly, and let me tell you, it was ugly- was enough.

And the best part? Oh, that came from Instagram…

when my friend Emily left a comment that simply said:

FYI, I ran this morning because of this tweet.

How awesome is that?

You rock Emily!

What inspires you to Just Go, when you don’t feel like it?  


About Kelly Pugliano

Kelly is a freelance writer, photographer and avid runner. Here you will find life stories, favorite entertaining and family tested recipes and motivational tips for the sport & fitness minded. You can also find her creating on her food blog *www.eatpicks.com*.

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  1. I hear you, girl. I am in a post-half funk myself…hoping to get back into the swing this week!

  2. I just have to remind myself that not EVERY run will be good…

    You’ll be in full swing in no time!

  3. I thought of you today as I ran too. I have been feeling that way lately too. Not all that sure why either. I guess it’s us all writing posts like this and sharing our lives a bit more openly that makes sure we know that we are not alone in our struggles and our feelings xoxoxo -LV

    • Oh, you are so right! It’s been hard getting out on the weekends…but yesterday just felt brutal…ya know?

  4. The way I feel RIGHT NOW is what motivates me. The weekend was ridiculously crazy, and I haven’t gone running since Thursday. I want to cry from impatience and frustration. So my reasons are selfish.

    • Not selfish at all…it is awful when you have all that pent up energy..I know it makes me crabby if I don’t get out. After my run, no matter how good or bad it is, I do feel better.

      Hopefully you got out on the road and found that runner’s high! :)

  5. I actually relish the “I’ll just make it to that corner, and then I’ll walk,” only to make it to that corner, and make the same deal with myself to the next corner . . . until I near the high.

    And, oh, the runner’s high.

    I’m proud of you for up & running. Because, even a run that sucked beats no run at all. Always.

    • This is so true…way better than not going at all…

      And the run after that was fine and back to “normal”…just some days it’s just…”meh”. Ya know?

  6. I’ll be honest… sometimes I just cave and don’t do whatever it is that I should be doing.

    I’m in awe that you can just get up and run and really stick with it. I’m sure that as you do it more and more it gets easier.

    • I stick to it because I know if I don’t, I’ll never make it through the 26.2 miles! Thank goodness this will be the last marathon I will run. Too hard on the body…I’ll stick with the halfmarathons from now on! :)

  7. I’m slightly embarrassed to say I choked up reading this. As a mom you’re responsible for so much and sometimes, you just don’t feel it. Everything else I’ve read suggests when you don’t feel it, if you just do it you feel wonderful. That happens…sometimes. But there are times when you struggle through it, battling till the last step because you’re doing what you must. What race are you training for?

    This was very inspiring, thank you, just what I needed to read today.

  8. You inspire me my friend … ok you don’t inspire me to run … but you inspire me just the same;)

    and also … 4 sleeps til I hug you xxx

    • Oh, you are too kind my friend! It is YOU who inspires me….

      CANNOT WAIT!!! 3 days!! (there’s that number again!!)

  9. Cathy Medina says:

    You really are going to run another marathon? Is this your second? I ran my first and last May 27th and knew it would be my last before I even started. Training is so time-consuming and sometimes quite boring esp. the 20 mile solo run that took me forever! I did reach my goal: to do one before 66 and to finish and my long-stretch time goal but will NEVER do it again. Buffalo was not slow-runner friendly. I was at the 17th mile at about 4 hours and they were already taking down the water stops and road marshals! Good luck with it all!

  10. Funny thing happened while I was reading your post Kelly, I started chanting (Yep! Chanting!) “I will go for that walk TONIGHT!) You inspired more than just one and I’m sure your inspiration goes FAR beyond me.

    Thank you for pushing me to treat “me” better. :)