Do the Hard Thing: A Study in Contrast

The Gritty Me: Don’t stop.

The Other Me: I think I should just intersperse walking and running.

The Gritty Me: You are going to intersperse walking and running- after you run for thirty minutes without stopping.

The Other Me: Interspersing walking and running is very healthy. Probably better for me.

The Gritty Me: This isn’t just about your body. Finish what you started. Do the hard thing.

The Other Me: There is a bear on my back. I feel heavy.

The Gritty Me: Are you in pain? Sharp physical pain?

The Other Me: No.

The Gritty Me: Then keep going. Don’t stop. Be Stronger…. Also, change your playlist.

The Other Me: Fine.

The Gritty Me: You have three minutes left. Go faster.

The Other Me: Faster? What?

The Gritty Me: Three minutes, that is just one song. You can do it.  Don’t hesitate. Speed up. Do it NOW!

The Gritty Me and The Other Me in unison:

Four – that’s how many years it took me to get through the lesson That I had to do it all on my own

Three – that’s how many Hail Mary’s they would pray for me Thinkin’ I was gonna end up all alone

Two – for second chances that you’ve given me, Can it be, lucky me, lucky me, now let’s go

One – it’s what we are, it’s what we are

Are we all we are Are we all we are

We are the people that you’ll never get the best of

Not forget the rest of, rest of (Ooohhh)

We’ve had our fill, we’ve had enough, we’ve had it up to here

* * *

We are the people that you’ll never get the best of

Not forget the rest of, rest of (Ooohhh)

Cut to the future, sing it loud, and take the power back

(from All we are we are- by Pink)

The Gritty Me: You did it. How do you feel?

The Other Me: Like a badass.

The Gritty Me: You’re welcome.



Creating new habits. Letting go of bad ones. Pushing past resistance, past what we are comfortable with to achieve a goal. These things are hard. And straight up- running is hard.  The above dialogue is one that often goes through my head when I attempt to run. It is why I think developing an exercise habit is good not just for your body but also for your mental stamina and endurance.  That gritty voice that pops into your head and tells you to “do the hard thing.” It grows and gets stronger the more you call upon it.  It bleeds into the rest of your day telling you, “do not to hesitate, push harder, keep going, be strong.”

This post was inspired by Daily Post’s Writing 101 class Day Seven:

Today’s Prompt: Write a post based on the contrast between two things — whether people, objects, emotions, places, or something else….Today’s twist: write your post in the form of a dialogue.

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  1. Posted April 15, 2015 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Great job…and not to belittle this but a lot of fitness gurus claim that you get the most out of your workout when you switch between low and high impact during your workouts. Also, maybe a bit forgiving on your joints. Anyway, the point is, you’re doing it so congratulations!

    • Banana
      Posted April 16, 2015 at 12:51 am | Permalink

      Hey Marissa, Thanks! 🙂 I know. I have heard that interval training is great and that it is the best for fat burning. And I definitely want to burn fat. It makes sense also that straight running would be harder on your joints but it is so hard (at least for me) to keep running that I can’t help but feel that there is a value in that. Also, I feel like it has to be good for your heart, for cardiovascular health. And, this might be totally misguided but I just feel like I “should” be able to run for a certain amount of time with out stopping. I doubt that I’ll ever be in a serious survival situation that I will NEED to run without stopping for a longer amount of time but being able to if necessary doesn’t feel like a bad thing. Anyway, I started out at ground zero at about seven months ago. Seriously, I was in the absolute WORST shape of my life and there have been no overnight miracles but I am sticking with it. I do think I need to start focusing harder on strength training. I should probably try pilates! In the workout that inspired this post- I walk for five minutes, run for thirty and then intersperse walking and running- song by song- for the rest of the hour. Thank you for your comment. You are so supportive and I really REALLY appreciate it!!

      • Posted April 16, 2015 at 2:29 am | Permalink

        Oh yes, no problem. Well I really do enjoy your writing and I get it about the running. My daughter just learned how to ride a bike so I run around our driveway to keep up with her. She’s still a bit wary at the turns. Anyway, I’m in pretty good shape but always amaze myself how quickly I tire out when it comes to actually running so I do see that aspect of it for sure. It’s great that you are back into it and getting your heart pumping no matter what!

  2. Posted April 15, 2015 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Lots of things in our life boil down to training. The more you are trained; the more it becomes easier. Babies just do not jump up and run. So keep at it and it will become a lot more easier…or maybe bearable is a better word. Ha ha!

    • Banana
      Posted April 16, 2015 at 12:57 am | Permalink

      Steve, Yes! You speak the truth. So much boils down to training and persistence! And you do have to start somewhere. I was in terrible shape 7 months ago. Sometimes I get frustrated that I can’t see the results immediately but I am making progress and I am most certainly in it for the long game…..

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