A lot can change in a few short weeks. Our bodies change and things become easier, our perspectives change and lessons are learned. It’s all part of the journey.
I don’t often think about all of the amazing things my body does to survive. All too often it’s what my body isn’t and what I wish if would be that I think about. I don’t think about how I’m going to execute every move or remember to take a breathe. It just happens. As I reflect on the beginning of my journey I’m in awe how quickly My body is changing, adapting. I remember setting out on the first morning with Sara and feeling winded after walking 5 minutes in the cold weather. That winded feeling quickly felt like I couldn’t catch my breath after a few running intervals. Tonight as I was running a five minute interval I realized my breathing, although still labored, felt more natural than the first time out…I was on my fifth minute and felt ok! My body is adapting, my heart is getting stronger and my lung capacity is improving. All steps in the right direction. My body isn’t going to give up on me…my mind will try but ultimately it won’t win.
Five weeks ago running was intimidating. My perspective on running was that I could never do it. My ankle might not be strong enough from surgery, my knees might hurt (after all running is high impact), I won’t be able to breathe. Today my perspective on running is that anyone and everyone can run. There is no longer doubt in my mind that I’m a runner (ok, maybe a little from time to time), but with that is a reminder that running is about personal goals and how you’re going to achieve that. I’m working on reminding myself of this. It doesn’t matter if another beginner runner is running longer or further and we started training at the same time. I wouldn’t expect two people to start dead lifting together and be able to lift the same amount. Why should I be able to run the same length? Physical vs cardiovascular strength, there is no difference. – Angie
I started running 5 weeks ago. 14 runs later I’m starting to find joy and comfort in running. I’m starting to understand the power of a run and how it can alter my thoughts and feelings of the day in 30 short minutes. Some runs are tough but the feeling that comes after a good run is amazing. Dare I say I like running?!?!