Recently I was talking with someone about my lack of cooking skills. I don’t really dislike cooking; nor am I that bad at at; it’s just the amount of time it takes to prep, cook, and clean up compared with the time you spend enjoying the meal seems off balance to me. But I have a husband who sometimes doesn’t get home until 6:30p and I have two kids who are in bed by 8p … therefore sometimes, I’m someone who cooks. But I’m not a cook.
The difference between doing something and being something is how you look at the activity. For me, cooking is a chore. And running, while it’s not always enjoyable and usually not “easy,” is always something I choose to do. Even when I groan about the hills on my route, I know they’re making me stronger and faster.
Sometimes I choose to run to catch up with friends. Other times, it’s to spend some time on my own (away from my kids). Usually, there’s always an underlying reason: right now, it’s the half marathon I’m running the weekend after Thanksgiving. But it’s always something that I know is good for me, mentally and physically.
The process of becoming a runner is simple. The next time you hear yourself saying, “I have to run … ” just replace the word “have” with “get.” You now say “I get to run.” That minor change in syntax has the power to change the way you think about running and even those runs you don’t really want to go out for will show you their purpose. The chore will dissolve and running will become part of who you are: a runner.