I have been running for years, booking at least a thousand runs (more likely a few thousand).  And it amazes me that to get out the door it’s always the same old procrastinative (I know there is no such word, but there ought to be) process.

There have been very few times I have just rolled out of bed into my running gear and directly out the door.  Or have had scheduled a run and met the goal of been running at the appointed time.

In stead, there is this process I go through of vacillating back and forth on will I or won’t I. Where will I run? Will it be on the streets, the track or the treadmill? How far? What to wear?  I sit at the computer and check the weather for the outside chance a major storm is about to arrive, and force me to defer today’s run altogether or shift my workout to the gym.  If the weather is not too cold or too hot, I begin the pacing, ambling into the kitchen and then back to my room, a few times. There, I check out my wardrobe and then walk back to the other side of the house. This goes on for what seems like forever.

I am tired of the pacing so I look outside. Still looks the same – the street is still there and so are all the trees, shrubs, plants and the driveway, too; better start hydrating with some water.  It’s back to my dressing room for the real step forward to getting going and start putting on my shorts and dry-fit top. This is major ‘cuz I have almost never retreated from this point to bag a run.  Now it starts to flow but not before the obligatory pit stop or two in the bathroom.  I’m good to go, but just one more glass of water.

Now for the iPhone and iTunes, headphones and application of my knee straps.  Got the headband and turn on my Nike GPS and … and, finally, I slip out the door and head down the driveway for 30 to 40 minutes of escape, inspiration and moving meditation. About ten minutes into what is shaping up to be a great run, I ask myself, “What took me so long?”

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Ira Bellach is an avid recreational runner, living on Long Island for the past 25 years. He is a member of the Greater Long Island Runners Club, where he is an active volunteer to support local running events. Contact Ira at Ira.bellach@gmail.com or call him at 516-633-3329