I’ve been waiting for many years to have the desire to run, wanting to be one of those women who effortlessly and beautifully ran with ease in their adorable outfits and cool shoes. At least once a year, I’d make an attempt, but failed to keep at it because it didn’t come easily. Then, this year, I was on the verge of a panic attack…again…and almost hyperventilating on the phone with a good friend (who also happens to be a psychologist). Our call was breaking up, I couldn’t hear her, I said “pardon,” and all I heard her say, loudly, was “EXERCISE!”
I left for the gym (yes, had a membership that I hadn’t been using) about ten minutes later. I got on the treadmill, I walked quickly, I ran, I was out of breath, I walked quickly, I jogged, I walked at a rapid pace, I jogged, I ran, I walked…all for about 30 minutes. I didn’t get very far, but I made an attempt and actually felt better. The panic attack didn’t happen, I was able to get through the rest of the day, and a new habit, hobby, and love was born.
For the past 3 months, I’ve been running an average of 4 miles, at least 4 days a week. Yesterday I ran 6 miles in preparation for the upcoming Cooper River Bridge Run which is a 10k. I’ve lost a little weight and even thought that wasn’t my main goal, I’m starting to feel like my old self: Standing taller, holding my tummy in and moving more gracefully throughout my day. Mentally, I’m a force to be reckoned with. Well, sort of. I’m more positive, more confident and enjoying the relationship I’m having with running.
Step 1: Rewrite Your Story. I stopped telling myself I couldn’t and I just went and ran.
Step 2: Confront Your Problems. I had been making excuses and had to come to terms with the fact that the gym wasn’t coming to me and, as Nike states, “just do it!”
Step 3: Discover Your Inner Strength. I’ve found the strength to show up and by showing up and doing the work, I have the confidence that I can do this in other areas of my life too!
Step 4: Redefine What’s Possible. I slowly but surely pushed myself a little farther each time.
Step 5: Exceed Your Expectations. By pushing myself, I began to exceed and embrace how that felt.
Step 6: Change Your Belief System. This step naturally came out of Step 5 because I exceeded my expectations. How could my beliefs stay the same?!
Step 7: Own Your Breakthrough. I feel confident and have a new outlook on what I’m capable of because I can run!
Please share any breakthroughs that you’ve had. If you’re still working on having a breakthrough, I encourage you to go out and do something you’ve talked about doing for a long time. Just do it! The rewards are amazing!
UPDATE: I got over it! Finished the Cooper River Bridge Run in 1.06.41. The two toughest parts: Getting up the bridge and the last .2 miles. Goal for next year: Finish in under and hour!
Looking forward to the Moms’ Run on Saturday, May 12, 2012, supporting Postpartum Depression. It’s a 5K. Goal: Under 30 minutes (UPDATE: Finished in 28:33). The 2012 Moms’ Run is at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. Stay after the race or come by for the new Family Fun Day with plenty of great activities for kids and fun for the whole family.
For a list of the races I’ve finished and upcoming races, click here.