Friday, August 19, 2011
Hi Everyone, thanks for reading my blog. Its been a long time. I have always admired runners. Everytime I see somone running I think to myself that this is the ultimate definition of fitness. I have tried many times before to be a runner. I bought books and read about running. I tried to follow a beginners training schedule. I would go out and eventually build up to a few minutes of running, interspersed with some walking but have never been able to run/jog for more than maybe 5 minutes at at time. Running was very hard and eventually I would just give up.
Last week I decided that I wanted to try running again. I always felt deep down that I could master this. Why not? This time I changed my mind set about running. I changed my reason for running. Instead of saying I am gonna run to lose weight, I'm gonna run to burn off last night's ice cream or I am gonna run so that I can eat pizza tonight and feel better about it or I am gonna run to have a more toned butt (which are all GREAT reasons) I said I am gonna run for ME. I am gonna run for the beauty of it, for the challenge of it, for the mental clarity of it, for the thrill of accomplishing it, for the self confidence it gives me. And then something different happened. I started out on that first day and just started jogging, very slowly, but I was out there and I was just enjoying moving my body. I jogged for a few minutes and then a few more minutes and then a few more minutes. Eventually I jogged 10 minutes before I stopped. Ten minutes!!!! Wow!!! Then I walked. Then I jogged again........another 10 minutes.............really? Today, just about 8 runs later, I have been able to jog for 30 minutes without stopping!!!!!! Is it hard? Well, its jogging, so its challenging but hard? Not really? Its exhilirating! So my question is: Could changing your mind set really change how well you run? When you do something for YOU is it different than doing it for smaller thighs or to eat Ben and Jerry's? I am just truly astounded by my early success? I cant contribute it to anything but changing my goal. So..................what do you guys think? Have you ever tried to re-evaluate why you do something to see a shift in your success or progress?