Do It Because You Can

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If you’ve ever said “I hate running” you most likely hate it because you’ve gone about it the wrong way. Because, if you ask anyone who’s actually completed a race they’ll tell you that there’s nothing like that rush you get when you cross the finish line. Most people when they start running start too hard and fast too soon. Honestly, you’ll feel like dying and that’s just going to make you hate it. I’ve talked about training for my first half marathon, and my second, and now my third, and the impact it’s had on my life. Years of therapy didn’t do for me what running has. I’ve learned to see the bigger picture and stop obsessing about weight loss. I’ve learned how to eat and enjoy food, and not starve myself, because with running your body actually needs food just like a car needs gas. I’ve learned that I can push myself harder than I ever thought possible. And I’ve also learned to actually love my body and the powerhouse that it is. My legs have never been stronger and I’ve never been happier. And when you’re happy, things have a way of falling into place.

Like most people at the start of a new year, you’ve probably made some resolutions to lose weight this year and finally use that gym membership that you pay for year after year. And like most people who make resolutions, you’ll probably start out strong in the gym, going 4-5 times a week, killing it on the elliptical, but come March you’ll be down to 1 day a week if you’re still even going at all (and that’s the best case scenario!). Most likely though, you’ll be back to resolving to do better next year. And so, nothing changes.

There’s nothing like a new routine to keep you motivated. The trick though is not just to do something new, but do it with a goal in mind. Most people don’t like doing anything without a reason, so to help you not hate running take a look at this schedule that will take you from a couch to 5k in just 9 weeks. That’s less than a season of The Office. All I ask is that you stick with it for 9 weeks and then decide whether you truly hate running or not. I promise, there is nothing scary about it and you’ll see how amazing you feel.

** Before I go, I want to give a shout out to my amazing clients this week for really stepping it up and pushing past your comfort zones. I don’t know what it is, but I see something within you guys that’s changed in your determination and I just wanted you to know that I notice it. Especially, Melissa, Jen, and Ariel – you’ve taken major steps.

Congratulations Melissa for running, literally, towards your fears. It takes a really strong person to know what you’re afraid of, and still greet it with open arms.
Jen, you’ve been talking about this 5k for a long time now, and I’m ecstatic that you finally put all the excuses aside.
And Ariel, woo-hoo on finally stretching!! Keep it up and we’ll have those pesky little glutes working in no time!

Comments (6)

  1. really enjoyed reading this. it’s so true. there is just something about running that is amazing and healing in so many arenas of life. congrats to your clients on their accomplishments!

    Thu, January 20, 2011 10:27 AM BY jen
    • Thanks Jen for reading. How long have you been running for?

      Thu, January 20, 2011 11:59 AM BY Dani
      • i started around when i turned 30. which was almost 2 years ago ;) i never thought id be able to run around the block… let alone a person who could run a 4 mile race, or 4.5 miles on their own. this is big stuff for me. and it is a great feeling :)

        Thu, January 20, 2011 12:06 PM BY jen
    • I just looked at your Little Bean store (love the name) and saw the aprons. I always say that in another life I must have been a 50′s housewife, because I love glamming it up to do menial chores around the house.
      I’m definitely going to have to get one of those soon! I love them! Especially the one with the cherries.

      Thu, January 20, 2011 12:06 PM BY Dani
      • There’s nothing like conquering yourself and doing what you thought was impossible. You learn that nothing is impossible.

        Thu, January 20, 2011 12:10 PM BY Dani
      • would love to dress you up in an apron! i love mine :) (makes me fee special ;) and yes… there is NOTHING like doing what you thought you never could. impossible is just a word. an excuse to not do something ;) thanks for the great blog dani!

        Thu, January 20, 2011 2:44 PM BY jen