3 Things I Learned When I Started Running
For six out of the last eight weeks, I’ve been on the road. I knew in advance that I would be traveling so much and being the planner (read: worrier) that I am, I was determined to figure out a way to stay healthy and fit while traveling. While I could have done better at eating healthy, I was quite successful in my fitness endeavors. I tried a number of classes: Pure Barre, Cardio Barre, OrangeTheory Fitness, Ballet Burn, and PiYo, as well as trying my
hand foot at running.
When I was considering my schedule and the long hours, business dinners, etc., I wasn’t really sure what opportunity I may have to take classes, but running presented the best option. It could be done on my own time… But there was only one problem: I’m really not a runner. I used to run a bit – sprints and a few laps for basketball in high school – but nothing major, I was never a fan. I had practically debilitating shin splints and asthma that made running even more of a challenge. The most I’ve run in the last few years is a brisk walk to get to a sale at the mall. #ShoppingismyCardio
It was a crazy endeavor, but I set my mind to running, determined that I would try, that I would push myself to do it, and that I would succeed. And I did just that. My times, nor my running, may not have been pretty, but I did what I set out to do. Let me tell you, running will tell you a lot about yourself. Here are the three things I learned when I started running:
- Running isn’t easy. No brainer, right? I really should have known this, but given how much I exercise, I foolishly thought that running may be a bit easier for me now. Wrong. So very wrong.
- Running is all about self discipline. It’s a whole lot harder to motivate yourself to run, especially by yourself. Whereas exercise classes are also social events where you can see friends, running is a more personal endeavor. You constantly have to motivate and push yourself.
- Running will show you your strength. I’m not talking just about physical strength but also about your mental and emotional strength. It takes a whole lotta will power to keep running when your legs feel weak and you’d rather park yourself in front of the TV with a tub of ice cream.
Outfit Courtesy of Brooks Running