Today felt like it was going to be a crappy run. I woke up 2 hours late and had to drag myself out of the door. I took my time warming up and sauntering down the dirt trail to the path I take, I even did an extra “warm up” walk. However, I turned on my music and started my iPod fitness counter. Off I went!
Now the running part in and of itself should be considered an accomplishment; however, half a mile into the run, I began to really enjoy it. It was scary! I started to go faster. Part of this increase in speed may have been from the fact that I was going downhill but it didn’t matter, the wind on my face felt amazing.
I turned around when I got to the end if the path and started my way back up the hill. All of my happy fun time running was gone! I felt like that fat kid the high-schoolers would make fun of in gym class (I was that fat kid). I was huffing and puffing, almost on the verge of tears. Every muscle fiber in my legs was telling me to quit or slow down. I’m glad I had my music turned up because I don’t want to imagine the sounds that were coming out of me (Gamorrean from Star Wars maybe or Jabba the Hutt as he’s getting killed by Leia?). This is where the really accomplishment starts: I didn’t stop. I pulled myself up that hill and when I finished I looked at my time and found out that I had pulled off less than a 12 minute mile!
Holy Gobstoppers Batman!
I’ve been working towards this goal for a very long time now and am over the moon about this. I now know that this is possible. Fitness goals are within reach no matter what obstacles are put in front of you. What are some goals that you guys were/are having problems with but are now/close to achieving?
I’ve been running for 4 months now and I’ve been needing a pair of dedicated running shoes for a while. Well a few weeks ago, my father-in-law (a runner) saw my plight and gave me a gift certificate to a place called the ABQ Running Shop.
I was very excited and couldn’t wait to go and pick out a pair of my very own running shoes. When I got there, I was gobsmacked by how many different options there were. It was overwhelming. However, the lady that worked there was knowledgeable and helped out with narrowing it down to two types of shoes: The Brooks Ghost 5 and Asics Cumulus 15. I was allowed to run around in both to get a feel for how they cradled my feet.
In the end, the Cumulus won out.
Aren’t they beautiful?
After running in them a few times, I can honestly say that these are the best investment I’ve made towards my fitness goals yet. They feel so amazing on my feet. When I run in these babies, the pain in my foot and hip disappear and running has become even more enjoyable (I never thought I would say that).
What are the little things in your life that are keeping you motivated to achieve your fitness goals?
Like a pair of unshaven legs through the winter months, I have left this blog unattended as of late and I apologize. I’ve been pushing through a lot of issues lately and to tell you the truth, they’ve been pushing back… HARD. My weight loss journey has been a difficult one and it’s only the beginning. I encountered some old demons today (the passed few days actually) and I started sinking into my old habits of over eating and eating the wrong stuff.
I felt ashamed of what I was doing but felt like I wasn’t in control. It was honestly scary and I never want it to happen again. These feelings of self-loathing are poisonous and only breed bad things. If any of you out there are feeling this now or have felt it in the past, I urge you to talk about it with someone that knows, loves and supports you. Do not bottle these feelings up.
I find it strange that I’m just now hashing this low self esteem stuff out in my head. I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long but I’m glad that this is happening now.
I hope that you all on staying on the path to wellness; however, if you should fall, please remember that you are loved and that the only way you will fail is if you give up and don’t get back up. Good luck everyone!
I got the pictures from here and here