Man do I ever love walking.
About 6 weeks ago, I decided to start running every day and focus on my cardio. I’ve got a friend who is huge into running and I got motivated by him. I was also feeling sluggish every day and finding it hard to really accomplish anything. I felt a nice morning run would turn that around.
Unfortunately on the first day I completely overdid it. I was looking at the numbers he was posting, the competitive streak got the better of me and I ended up doing 10 miles as fast as I could – and injured myself.
I was worried that it was something REALLY serious – but thankfully I was only on the shelf for about 10 days. I decided to ease myself back into it by walking.
Now I walk a lot as it is – but I’ve never did it for exercise really. But given the opportunity, I’ll always walk somewhere as opposed to driving. However I’ve never really walked for exercise.
Holy crap do I love it.
I’ve had an elliptical at home for years but there’s nothing quite like walking outside. The biggest part is being able to clear my head. Sometimes I listen to music and focus on a mix of walking and interval running, other times I listen to a podcast and just turn my brain off and relax for an hour.
Then there’s the times I think about work. Sometimes I think about the work I have to do today. Sometimes I think about how to improve a site. I’ll decide “This is the website I’m going to think about today” then go for my walk, clear my head and think about that site – and come back with 1000 ideas.
Sometimes I have a freaking epiphany.
Remember the whole reason I started walking/running? Here it is again:
I was also feeling sluggish every day and finding it hard to really accomplish anything. I felt a nice morning run would turn that around.
While out on one of my walks, I decided to think about that. And I realized what the issue was.
See – I have a morning to do list. It’s 10 items long, and it covers various things I have to do that day. For example, go through and deal with every e-mail recieved overnight. Or do my sports tips for the day.
There was one item on that to do list – “add events” – that I hadn’t accomplished in quite a while.
Long time readers will remember last year I launched the website YGKEvents.com – a website that lists all of the events going on in the city of Kingston, Ontario.
Now the website started off well but unfortunately for various reasons it ended up becoming neglected. Events just stopped being added to it.
That was what I had on my morning to do list. “Add events”. And every day for the past few months – I’d simply skip that and move on.
Think about that for a second.
What I was doing every morning was reminding myself of my failure. Every single freaking day, there was this constant reminder that I failed.
And I never even realized it.
It wasn’t until on one of my walks when this just popped into my head – and I was like holy crap! That’s it! That’s what has been affecting me for the past few months.
So then it was decision time. The site is a tough one to outsource – but it would be a huge undertaking for me to handle it. I’d essentially have to take a month off from all my other work just to focus on this – and that would just be for adding any and all upcoming events. And yet it’s a risky project with a potentially limited audience that is still going to take up a lot of my time after it’s up to date.
I did it.
In hindsight, it may be a dumb decision. It’s been a brutal last few weeks. I haven’t written any articles on here – and that’s why. I’ve stopped working on practically every website – and it’s all because of this site. I just spent the last few weeks basically adding event after event after event.
Will the site be a success financially? Who knows. There’s still a ton of work to be done on the site alone just to get it running smoothly, and so many things I want to implement. There’s so much social marketing needing done – and a lot of money to invest over the next little while.
But I’m already declaring it a success. Why? Because today when I woke up and I started working on my morning to do list, I got to “add events”. Unlike the past few months where I have skipped it every day, I instead went through the social networking sites and my e-mails, seeing what new events there were and then adding them.
And that feeling of sluggishness I was feeling just a month ago? Completely gone. Replaced by a rush of adrenaline, by enthusiasm. By a whole new love and appreciation for work.
And I have walking to thank for that. I’m gravitating back into running – but I know that if I ever have something eating away at me or something to think about – all I need to do is go for a nice long walk.