But sometimes, you should do it anyway.
For one thing, you might find out that you don’t hate it as much as you think. I used to hate the idea of working out with other people, now I love it and can’t imagine it any other way. I don’t like running, but I do like races. Yoga and I are not good friends, but I like yoga workshops.
That’s part of the reason. The other part is that doing things we aren’t particularly good at makes us better people. It makes us better physically, because you are using parts of your body you don’t usually use. And it makes us better mentally because we can all use a little grit and determination.
I’m an asthmatic. I’m not terribly fond of cardio. But I do it because I know that it helps me stay fit. Running helps build my stamina. It helps my heart, my lungs, and my willpower. So, sometimes I run.
This summer I signed up for a few races. Some 5Ks and one 10K. One of the ones I did was with Run Michigan Cheap. It was in July in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
A July race sounds hot and sunny. It was the opposite. It was rainy and wet. I’m not going to lie, I briefly considered rolling over and going back to sleep in my soft, comfy bed. But I didn’t. I got up, put my shoes on, and headed down to Kalamazoo.
There was a lot of rain. Enough that we had a late start to the race. The race director made sure it was just rain and not a thunderstorm. (No one should run in an electrical storm.) This was a trail race. So, we were warned about mud, puddles, slick gravel, and to not make too sharp of a turn at the turnaround spot for fear of a wipeout.
There is a thing about running in the rain. You really can only get so wet. I mean, once you are soaked to the skin, you aren’t going to get any wetter. And there is something rather cool about running in the woods in a rainstorm. It feels tough.
The above statement is incredibly true. Whether it is running, or eating healthy, or getting up and putting on your shoes in the morning to go outside, life is a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to just stop, and the part that wants to keep going.
Which is why it some times pays to be uncomfortable. To do things you don’t want to do. To train your body and your mind to keep going.
You’ll be glad you did.