I just started running this past May. Maybe late April? With how late our winter lasted, I'm guessing it really was May. I'm serious when I say that. I never ran much before. I was much more a part of this crowd ....
I lost all my weight doing the elliptical and hiking intervals on the treadmill, never running. I couldn't even fathom running a mile when I started! But once I got going, I loved it. I didn't start it for weight loss, although it has leaned me out quite a bit. I haven't lost a lot of weight, but running has made my legs leaner and stronger, my stomach is flatter and, I guess the saddest part, I lost my boobs! Honestly though, I love my new "runners body" as I call it!
|Left is from Sept. 2012, right is from July 2013|
However, as much as I love running, it's not always "easy" for me. Some days are definitely a struggle. And it's not even the running that I struggle with. It's the getting out there; having confidence in myself that I can accomplish running. Once I get out there and get going, I can easily do it. But I have mental roadblocks that sometimes get in my way of running. Especially lately. I see that I have five or six miles scheduled and I get a little nervous that I can't finish. A voice inside my head keeps saying "you're not a born runner; why are you doing this? You're tired, or sore, or blah, blah, blah, let's take a break." I take it one step at a time - I put on my workout clothes, I put my hair up, bring Mercedes for a short walk to warm up, and in the end, I lace up my shoes and I go. And you know what? I can do it. I can finish my scheduled miles and I don't even have to take walk breaks anymore. I'm sure I will as I keep increasing my miles, but I can run six miles plus without walk breaks now! Proud moment.
I might not be a born runner, but I am a runner. I know when I'm experiencing those mental roadblocks or my body is tired, that once I get out there and get running, I will feel great. And when I'm finished with my run, I feel energized, calm and less stressed. I love being a runner.
Do any of you experience "mental roadblocks" when it comes to exercise? How do you get over them?
Until next time~