When Big Girls Run (a tale of recent inspiration)
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I have been working out and working out hard now for nearly three months and I wasn't exactly lazy before that, but lately I have been a bit shaken up with exercise and looking for a challenge. I figured I am way too fat to try running so I kind of nixed that idea, especially since I would have to run outside (as I won't have access to a treadmill till June) and that would be humiliating *imagines all the fat just bouncing around*. Then one day driving home, we drove past an area that is pretty well frequented by runners, so I am accustomed to seeing all the trim athletic types bounding along like gravity doesn't exist, but today something caught my eye. There was a young woman (probably mid twenties if I were to venture a guess) running along the sidewalk and she wasn't tiny, in fact, she looked about my size, and yes there was some fat bouncing up and down, but you know what...she looked freakin awesome! I don't know how to explain it, she just looked amazing; her stride was gorgeous, she looked so strong, and even with that fat bouncing, dang, that girl looked like an athlete! Her size didn't matter, chick was a runner and there was no denying it!
That was when inspiration struck, I decided maybe I am ready to take on the challenge that has always petrified me: running. I am going to start slow (using the 5k Your Way Spark program) and actually following the specific directions and sticking to it, rather than trying to do too much too fast and fizzling out.
In the past I have always used my bum knee as an excuse to avoid running, but I now know that my legs have gotten a lot stronger and they can take a lot more than I give them credit. Injuries have almost always come from doing too much too fast, instead of allowing myself the time to build up. I am also shifting my focus more from cardio to strength for a while, so I am going to make sure and put some extra work into making and keeping my legs strong.
In other news, my eating has been a bit shaky, I have been struggling again with binges, but I know it is stress and falling back on old coping mechanisms. My Mom and I are actually planning on working together on our eating, which is exciting, I would love for both of us to lose weight and be rocking the fit and healthy look together!
Ok, time to go pick up my brother and then hit pavement.
Have a peaceful and happy NCIS...errr...I mean Tuesday night!!