Like half of the population, I’ve been on a fitness kick for the past couple of months. I’ve been getting back into my running groove, and while it wasn’t easy at first I’ve finally hit my stride! Hallelujah! When I’m running, I have all sorts of wonderful strokes of inspiration and wish so badly I could coherently voice type (and my phone actually decipher my wheezing).
One of those moments of clarity was the realization that the first time going out to run one mile was significantly more difficult than the times I’ve run thirteen. I know, that sounds crazy. And I’m sure the die-hard runners are screaming at this post like, “giiiirl are you outta yo mind!?”
But just give me a second to explain, and I promise it’ll make sense.
First, let’s all take a moment to count our excuses for not running, working out, going to that exercise class, etc…
- I don’t feel like it
- I’m tired
- I have SO MANY OTHER THINGS TO DO OMG #STRESS
- I just ate
- The Bachelor is on tonight
- It’s way too cold to get out of bed this morning *hits snooze button*
And the list goes on and on and on. Why on earth am I making excuses to myself, to avoid something that I know for a fact is good for me? The reason is simple: working out is hard. Getting in to a new habit is hard. Running one mile when you haven’t run in months is hard.
It’s tough getting yourself hype because you know you’ll probably walk after five minutes when you used to be able to run for two hours.
But here’s the good news y’all: it gets easier. Only if you stop making excuses.
Sure, the first week or two you’ll feel like a wheezing sloth. But one run after the next, you’ll feel yourself getting stronger, feel yourself being able to go juuust a little bit further without walking.
Want to know why running one mile is harder than thirteen? Because when you’re able to run thirteen miles, you’ve been at it for a while. You’ve been running consistently-ish, and you have a big goal in mind. It’s a habit, and something that you never miss. When you set out to run one mile, it’s probably new. And you’re probably dreading it. And it’s gonna hurt a little, and you’ll be sore. But you’ll feel so proud, and healthy, and confident, and like a friggen rockstar.
Putting your health first is SO worth it, and will only get easier!
I’ve found that I stay the most motivated when my workout playlist is updated with fresh (semi-aggressive… you’ve been warned) music, and I have workout clothes that are functional and feel great!
Here are a few of my recent purchases and favorites:
(the ones from Shopbop are on sale through March 5th!! Use code “BIGSALE16” for up to 25% off, deets here.)
I’ll probably be writing a good bit more on health, it’s been such a big part of my life lately and I’m feeling SUCH a difference! Who knew I’d actually stick to my January fitness goal!
I’d love to hear from y’all: I’m no expert (obviously!) but are there any topics you’d like me to write on and open for discussion? Any tips you want to share? Please leave a comment or tweet me!