It seems like I always want to do just enough to get by. Crack that 300-word mark for my Marriage Project post and shut it down. Get my 3.1 miles in on the treadmill and call it a day. Tell my wife I love her, that’s it.

Is this the part of my mind that’s constantly searching for the path of least resistance (the part Seth Godin calls the ‘lizard brain’)? I say yes. Why don’t I pound out 3 posts in a night when I’m feeling especially Faulknerian? Why don’t I pump out an extra 10,000 feet at the gym? Why don’t I actually write Jen to tell her what I’m thinking and feeling instead of just spouting plagiarized verbiage?

The short answer is that it’s easier not to. The long answer is probably a little bit more complicated and has to do with some deep physiological issues that would make Maslow’s head go spinning.

So we’ll stick with the short answer. It’s easier not to because doing nothing is always easier than doing something. I feel good about myself when I reach my daily goals. This is fine, unless my goals never change.

To not push myself physically, spiritually, and relationally beyond the point I am currently at is to not develop into the person and husband I’m supposed to be. Set goals, yes, but then shatter them. Don’t be satisfied with the workout that’s “good enough” or the date night that’s “better than theirs” or the budget that “gets us by.”

In case you’re wondering, I’m talking to myself (as I seem to do quite often on here), but if you’re listening you can steal my material…

For the runners, how many miles do you try to run every day?

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I'm an aspiring freelance writer and blogger (which doesn't make a ton of sense when you think about it). I started a blog called Our Marriage Project and one about OSU called Pistols Firing. I love both of them, and I love my wife. And I love Kevin Durant, Explosions in the Sky, Tim Riggins, Blue Moon ale, Twitter, and the state of Georgia.

8 thoughts on “Enough”

  1. As you know, I don't run. But I do walk as of late, at least a mile and a half almost daily. I mean, let's be honest. It's really the cute asian baby down the street who keeps getting me out of bed. But in the end it's so worth it. Discipline and such. Or adorable waving babies and such.

  2. I'm in the same boat with the training for the half business. I don't know what "normal" work outs should be. Im thinking 3 5milers and a 3 miler in there? I don't know. I'm starting to get stressed thinking of what you do after training so long for something.

    I love this post, btw. 🙂

  3. I run 3 miles minimum when I do run, not very consistent. I love how yesterday and todays posts go hand in hand. It inspired me to do what I do well, but also to challenge myself. Keeeeeep writing.

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