A couple of weeks ago during a particularly tough hot yoga sculpt class, our instructor said something that really stuck with me. We had just finished a tabata sequence (yes, in 100 degrees) and we were about to kick back into another and as she demonstrated what was ahead she said “and now for the America’s Next Top Model move. . you know, because they don’t eat enough to be able to do it”.
When I first started running it was purely to lose weight and get as skinny as possible and I hated it. Yes, I ended up losing about 45 pounds but running simply to be skinny (and eating nothing in the process) was miserable and unsustainable. Then I signed up for the marathon and instead of focusing on skinny, I set my mind on being strong: mentally and physically. If someone tells you they trained for and ran a marathon and it didn’t affect their life in a big way . . . they’re lying. I found a training plan and stuck to it, not missing a single run in 18 weeks. Each week, I built up my mileage and the more I ran, the more I fell in love with it. Running became less of a chore and more of a retreat.
One of my favorite running quotes is “Running is just you, the work you put in, and the clock. You can’t cheat yourself. You get out exactly as much as you put in”. Running is so much more than putting on your shoes and taking a few laps. Every single time you step out the door to go on a run, you depend on only yourself to get through it. You set a goal and then you accomplish it, whether it be 2 miles one day or a marathon.
While the marathon is over (until next year), the mindset isn’t. I go out almost everyday to run, clear my head (it’s way cheaper than therapy!) and no matter how small it may be, I set a goal for myself. Sometimes it’s 10 miles and sometimes it’s to stay sane; either way, it’s making me a stronger person.