I’ve always been in a gym. I did gymnastics as a kid since I was three years old. In high school I transitioned to cheerleading and continued in college at Rutgers University. During my college years I also started weight training and doing cardio on a regular basis. Staying fit became a very important part of my life.
I never minded weight training. Cardio was a different story and was always challenging for me…probably because I was bored by it and the time DRAGGED on. It was torture to get through 30 minutes on the elliptical machine or walking on the treadmill.
In recent years I’ve turned to more fun ways of getting my cardio in through Zumba and cardio kick boxing group fitness classes. I enjoy it and the time goes by fast…you also burn a ton of calories.
But running…forget it. I would rather do back handsprings up and down the length of a football field than run a few miles. I’ve tried many times to run on the treadmill or even outside but I’ve always HATED it. I think a big reason why I hated it so much was because in every sport I played, running was always a punishment. Another reason why is because I’m not good at it.
How are you good at running you ask? By being good at it I mean you don’t feel like you’re going to die 10 minutes in because you aren’t in shape to run. So I would take the easy way out and do my 30-45 minutes on the elliptical, work up a good sweat and be done with it.
But as I grow older and wiser as I approach my 30’s, I know I need to challenge myself.
By starting my fitness journey to have a fit pregnancy and to get my body back into great shape, I’ve been inspired to start running. I know to reach my goals I need to incorporate running into my fitness routine.
So yesterday in New York we had a heat wave…it was 47 degrees! With the recent single digit temps and frigid wind chill I was thrilled with 47 degrees and so excited to get outside and run…yes, I was actually excited to go running…me.
I ran for 18 minutes (I do understand 18 minutes of running is laughable for most of you, but it’s a start) up and down the hills in my condo complex and it was not easy, but I felt amazing after. Next time I will go a little bit longer and a little bit further.
My first running goal is to run a 5k in May or June of this year. I do realize that a 5k is only 3.1 miles but it will be a big personal victory for me to run those 3.1 miles with ease.
So, the point of this post wasn’t only to out myself and share my previous loathing for running, and now my change of heart, but also to motivate you. You have to start somewhere to reach your goals.
Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself in your workouts. I know it’s just easier to stick to your routine but chances are you are missing out. Try new classes in the gym, experiment with a new sport (I really want to learn how to play tennis), or take dance lessons. You might surprise yourself and actually enjoy it.
The possibilities are endless, but the result is the same…to make yourself feel better and be better.
It turns out I don’t hate running after all. I actually kind of like it :).