The first time I saw this saying I didn't really know what I was thinking. It's just a cool saying for a shirt you can wear at the gym, right? Well yeah, but it's also great motivation to get yourself moving on a regular basis. We don't have to be body builders, or marathon runners, or yogis, or anything extreme. However, we should be taking care of our bodies.
The hardest part about anything is choosing what to start, because ultimately you want to finish it! That's the goal. I recently chose to sign up for a half marathon (my 8th), but I hadn't been running or really anything up until the point of sign up. I decided I wanted to get my body back on track being happy and healthy, and this was my best course of action based on my physical strengths! I love running. I know, I know, I'm crazy. And even though I've run several before, I haven't been running this long distance in a very long while. So I found a training schedule!
I used HalHigdon.com, it's got GREAT training tips, plans, and other helpful things for half and full marathons as well as many other race lengths! I really like this site because it's a holistic view of the fitness world and it's balanced. We all know that's key.
You have to be consistent in following whatever training plan you choose so you do not injure yourself. It's also helpful if you're training to get better/faster results than before.
Hydrate & Refuel.
Your body performs SO much better when it has optimal nutrients and basic hydration levels. I'm not saying don't eat carbs or have some drinks on the weekend. In fact, I encourage it. It's important to be happy in your everyday life, so long as you have more "good" days than "cheat" days, I believe it's all going to be ok!
Enjoy the journey.
It's great to push towards the end result, that's what drives us usually. I think that we focus on the end result too much sometimes, though and that is hard on us mentally. About a month ago, and I remember this because it was such a forgotten feeling, I was looking forward to my 6 mile run all day! Then I ran it, it felt amazing during, and when I was done I felt amazing. I felt accomplished and I was so glad I had given myself that reward of challenging my body and pushing through to the next level.
My next challenge to myself will be to find another race shortly after. I had a lull after my first marathon because I had already run 7 half marathons and I just needed a break. But I didn't really want a break, I just needed to tone it down a bit. I challenge YOU to find something (and someone to do it with) that makes you step outside of your comfort zone. Whether it be a physical challenge, mental challenge, or even emotional challenge. We must continue to challenge our minds and bodies to keep growing throughout our lifelong journey.
I hope you enjoyed my throwback running pics! Results, adventures, and pictures of the upcoming race to be shared when completed!