Alright, perhaps you get attacked by a wild animal or some other inconvenience befalls you… But we’re talking about the other 99.9% of runs here.
I’m a semi-regular runner, probably clocking up two or three light runs a week, and almost every time I spin myself the narrative that it’s a bad idea. This seems to be especially prevalent for runs first thing in the morning… I stand contemplating my next move and my brain throws a hundred reasons not to run at me:
“My left leg feels a bit tight”
“Breakfast will be too late if I run”
“What if there’s an important email to deal with?”
Some days I give in to the objections, but on others I manage to drag myself out of the door and a few kilometres around the local area, with my legs often grumpily objecting all the way round.
And yet, post run.. I never regret having done the run. All those objections turn out to be hollow.
I now find it a helpful weapon, in my morning struggles with willpower, to tell myself “You never regret a run”, and just maybe, that’s starting to tip the scales for the good guys.