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Running & Worry...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I have been wanting to become a runner since...well, since I can remember. I think it's because it has always been something I have never been able to do, even when I was thinner. I do struggle with my breathing, but there are professional athletes that have the same challenges, but succeed. I have been thinking about this more and more...for too many years, I have listened to people who have discouraged me from even trying. I am not sure why I listen, but I think it has something to do with the part of me that is concerned I may not make it. The part of me that doubts my success...the part of me that has seen me fail before and thinks that I may repeat that failure.

However...that voice has gotten me nowhere. It has gotten me to overweight. I am here because I chose not to try. I am here because its easier to be lazy (when it comes to exercise). I am here because I listened to people about what I should do with my life, instead of paying attention to what I want to do. Now...I can't for the life of me remember what I wanted to be when I was a little girl. I even asked my mom if I ever said anything. She said no. Even from an early age, I was trying to please others. I didn't want to want for myself. I think I considered it selfish....my mom always discouraged that. We were never supposed to say anything good about ourselves because other people would think we were show-offs or self-centered.

It has taken a while, but I am learning there is a difference between being self-centered and having a positive self-confidence. And...I need to start living my life, which includes doing a few things that I want to do. I have worried too long about what other people think or about what they may say. It's time to start doing something that makes me happy, in a healthy way! Training for a half-marathon is a great goal to set...it is something that I can work up to, is good for me and is something I could never see myself doing until now.

Its time to stop worrying and start running! Not only will my heart feel better, it will be happy too!
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CAROLYN_ROSE 2/12/2013 9:02AM

    you can totally become a runner. never in a million years did I think I would ever be able to even run for a minute and now i'm training for half marathons. The trick is to start out slow and never ever compare yourself to others. Try running for 30 seconds and then walk for a few minutes, then run for 45 seconds and then walk. Keep pushing yourself a little further each time and before you know it, you will be RUNNING 5Ks nonstop.

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BERGBA7 2/12/2013 2:57AM

    Very right!
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Let me tell you the story of my sister... she always thought she could not run (she is a smoker and has a really ugly cough). In December this year she decided she at least wanted to try it. She started running and the first run she could only make 300 yards! After that she was so red and thought she will faint. Last week (2 months later) she ran 3miles!!!! She is so proud and so happy about it!
You can do it too!!! GOOOO!!!
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JFGWIFE 2/12/2013 2:33AM

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CYND59 2/12/2013 2:11AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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