Okay, the title of this post is not 100% true, because I do not, in fact, run every single day. But it’s a phrase that sounds kind of nice, and I say it to myself as kind of a mantra to motivate myself — to remind myself, really — that I am a runner, and that running, and exercise, is really, really important.
We talk about routines on this blog, and how important it is to develop one; not just in running, but in all walks of life. Really, when you think about it, running every day is kind of a metaphor for how we could approach many different things. For example, I approach my “diet” the same way I approach running — just build on it a little every day, repeating the same steps, over and over. I don’t “diet”, per se, which is why I put it in quote signs, but I definitely have a food regiment that I try to stick by. Each morning, I’ll make a little smoothie with a splash of low-sugar orange juice, a couple of tablespoons of Greek yogurt, and a couple of handfuls of blueberries or strawberries. That’s how I start my morning, every morning.
And then when I get to work, we have a cafeteria there, and I’ll get a couple of eggs on a plate. I’m a low-carb kind of eater, so high fat/protein doesn’t bother me at all. And then for lunch, I’ll get some kind of salad, with a protein like chicken or turkey, and top it with all kinds of vegetables. For dinner, it’s the same idea — pick a protein like fish or chicken, a couple of vegetables, maybe a salad, and that’s it. Now, the point of all of this is not to bore you to tears about what I’m having for lunch, but to draw a connection to developing a routine that can better your health in the long run (no pun intended), and how it can tie back to running in general.
We all have our running routines, whether we think about it consciously or not. While it’s the physical act of running that keeps us in shape, it’s the idea of that routine, and us sticking to it, that really is the force behind we do.
And if you can apply those kinds of routines to different aspects of your life, well — you’d be amazed at how much you can accomplish.