If there’s one thing I’ve learned to be good at, it’s being bad at something.
It’s not as easy as it sounds.
Actually it makes you feel quite vulnerable, and it’s hard to sit with it – that discomfort.
In the beginning you are going to suck at it. And you are probably going to suck at it for a long time. You are going to have to live there for awhile – where you don’t take to it ‘naturally’, it doesn’t ‘come easy’ and it’s just hard work.
But the thing is it doesn’t matter how uncomfortable it is, it can still be fun.
Often times we mistake things we are good at for things we love and vice versa. But more often than not, how much we enjoy something has very little to do with our skill or our talent.
Somewhere along the way we’ve been sold the idea that there’s always an intersection of what you love and what you are good at.
But you can love something, not be great at it and still enjoy every second of it.
This is me with running, this is me with strength training, this is me with crochet, this is definitely me with baking.
The truth is I like being bad at things, because I love puzzles and usually it just means I haven’t worked it out yet. I love the process of working it out. Which is why I find it easy to out-work things that I’m bad at, not because I want to be good at it, but because I like deciphering the code.
Eventually that work ends up looking like competence.
But the puzzle is the fun part.
I’m writing a book about how to love running enough for it to change your life.
The book is going to focus on my journey so far, the when the why and the how of the workouts and of training, but also how it all connects to things that are far bigger than running. I’m taking up the challenge of writing a book in 30 days. Which is a lot of writing, but hopefully just enough pressure to keep the momentum going. You can sign up to read the daily words on patreon and get access to a whole range of bonus podcast episodes, and an ebook with 52 running workouts, so you’ll never be stuck for ideas ever again. Stay up to date on: