“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step!” (Lao Tzu)
I started running recently!
For the longest time I wanted to run. I would have dreams of me running. I would notice runners when I was driving down the street. I talked about running. I read about running. I googled tips on running. I have a board on Pinterest labeled “Running.” I wanted to be a runner!
The desire to run only intensified when we moved to Colorado Springs. It seems everyone here runs, even 70-year-olds with white hair and wrinkled skin. Colorado Springs is home to the Olympics Training Center, and our great city has on more than one occasion been named one of the Top 10 Fittest US Cities.
I have a good friend (Susan) who texts me inspiration and tips on how to get going and to keep going. I used to think that when I ran if I felt like my lungs were on fire and were going to burst out of my chest or if my feet or my hips hurt, that there was something wrong with me and I should stop running immediately! Turns out, most runners experience those things, even healthy runners who have been running for a while.
I also have asthma. And when I was a young girl, if I started to experience shortness of breath AT ALL, I was encouraged to sit on the sidelines, take a few puffs of my rescue inhaler, and watch. I had a “puffer” at the ready just waiting to rescue me if I started to breathe a little heavy. (Oh, how things have changed! They now encourage asthmatics to exercise to help increase/maintain lung function. I’ve also discovered that there are quite a few Olympians who have asthma, also.) But I don’t think God’s called me to sit on the sidelines anymore!
After hiking one day as a family, I posted some pictures on a shared family album, and my mom asked me if I really enjoy hiking. I thought about it before answering her the following reasons:
- I have a real sense of accomplishment at the end.
- I don’t like it when I’m huffing and puffing on the way up, but I like how I feel afterwards.
- My family can all be in crappy moods (me, too), but when we get out in nature, our attitudes change!
I imagine those are the same reasons that will keep me running when I feel like giving up!
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going!” (author unknown)
Here’s to good habits that will last a lifetime! I’m doing Couch to 5K! Wanna join? Are you a runner? What are some of your tips for consistency and follow through when it comes to running?