I’m not a runner…
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” ~Henry Ford
This statement has never rang so true with me as it did with running. I’ve always said my whole life “I’m not a runner”, and it has always been true until one day I stepped on the treadmill and just started running. I have horrible form, I’m really slow and it doesn’t come easy for me; but I AM a runner now. I became a runner the day I stopped saying I’m not one.
I didn’t have a plan that day I stepped on the treadmill, and to be honest I shocked the hell out of myself that I just knocked out 2.5 miles like it was no big deal. I was working out regularly, and for cardio I would use either the elliptical or the stair master, but I wasn’t seeing much result from either. When I started running, my body finally started to take shape. I was burning more fat, building more muscle and improving my endurance. I was finally seeing results from my hard work. I have been running for about 6 months now, and I can run up to 6 miles on the treadmill before it shuts down on me because there is a time limit per workout. This girl who was never a runner has now become a runner!
I Needed a Challenge
I am the type of person who has to challenge myself so that I keep pushing harder. I have to set goals to work towards so that I can feel the pride when I reach those goals. That’s why I started running 5K’s. The great thing about these races is that they are short enough for any fitness level to be able to complete, and you can complete them at your own speed. Most are not timed, so even if you’re not conditioned to run 3.1 miles straight, you can walk. I’ve seen physically disabled people complete these races. They literally are for everyone!
You CAN Do It!
If you’re interested in running but don’t think you have it in you, I highly recommend giving it a try! If you’re not ready or you really think it’s not your thing, I completely understand because I’ve been there. But find something that gives you that reward that running gave me. Stop telling yourself you can’t because you can! Self confidence is half the battle in your fitness journey!