Not too long ago, March 4th, I wrote a post about running. If you would like to re-read it click here. I just did and it made me want to tell you what has happened since then!
Since March 4th we have joined the “Y”. Our intentions are to get healthy. For me personally that means getting my muscle back. I have been loosing muscle for years, but it really took a turn for the worse when I had foot surgery last September. I had to be on crutches for 2 months and didn’t walk very well for at least a month after that. My legs looked different and my calves felt like jello. I knew that something had to change, I needed to do something. So, in January I started walking on the treadmill a little…and then I didn’t. I just knew it wasn’t the right atmosphere for me. I had been a personal trainer, which seems like ages ago, but I know that I love the gym. So after much contemplation, we joined the “Y”. I love it, I love weights and I knew they had what I needed to get healthy and strong.
We are on that path now, of healthy and strong. It’s a path that I love.
So now to why my March 4th comments are so interesting. Turns out that for many years, like my whole life, there was at least one thing that I continued to tell myself: I am not a runner. So for all those years that is exactly what I believed. I went along breathing heavy, not making it past 5 minutes on the treadmill, and feeling like there was no way that I could ever “run for my life”. I usually have a pretty good sense of positive thinking, but with this I just couldn’t use the right words or get my mind straight. One day this past month I decided to change my way of thinking. I decided to say that: I am a runner in training. I thought that phrase was good enough, but when I was at church last Sunday and I told a friend that IS a runner that I was a runner in training, she laughed and said “You are a runner. Once you run a little, you are a runner.” So it got me thinking that I should probably just say that I am a runner. Admittedly I don’t run fast, however since I have changed my thinking, I have run 17 minutes on the treadmill without stopping, and I did a walk/run 5K in 39 minutes. I plan on smashing those times and continuing the positive talk in my head.
This weekend I will do my first 5K marathon (with a real live start and finish). I will walk/run it. I won’t be the first to cross the finish line, but I will be a winner because I have given myself a chance to “Just do it.”
Until next time…feed your mind, feed your body, and feed your soul with wonderful things!
P.S. I got the image off Pinterest, but there was no link to where it came from, but I love it!