Becoming "One of THOSE People"

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

I am on Week 3 of my 5K training program.

Have you ever been on facebook and have seen people updating about their love of running? How running makes you feel alive, real runners never stop, it's not about pushing the limits of your body but the limits of your mind, etc etc etc...? And have you ever wanted to punch one of those people? Because I have. And often. But then one day I realized it was a classic case of some kind of jealousy mixed with curiosity. Was running really that wonderful? Did it really make your body feel that fantastic? Was it just as much about mind as it was about body?

And here I am, three weeks in, and I FEEL it. I wake up in the morning with no more back pain. It doesn't take two hours to shake out my pain any more. I don't crack and pop with every movement as loosen up in the morning. When I wake up I feel GOOD. And also... I wake up without my alarm now. I wake up sometime in the half hour before my alarm even goes off. This has been happening regularly for the last week and a half. But the best part? When I go to sleep - I sleep like the dead. My head is on that pillow and I am under in less than 10 minutes. And I sleep SOUNDLY all night. Like Coma Sleep. I don't feel myself toss and turn at all anymore.

I have never been so impressed with my body. The weight is coming off, I'm eating well (with a few candy slip ups every now and again, but it's Halloween season and Tootsie Rolls are EVERYWHERE....) and I FEEL good. My body feels excellent and I'm finding that I'm more impressed with how well I feel than how well I look. And this is a first for me.

I would recommend exercise to anyone with any kinds of "growing pains" that they can't explain. It's probably that you aren't getting enough exercise. And I hope to remind myself of this if I ever lose sight of my goal and stop in my tracks again. ANNIE, THIS FEELS GOOD. DO NOT STOP. KEEP ON RUNNING. :)
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