That feeling of “I’m back”
Have you seen that Friends episode where Phoebe wants to go running with Rachel and Rachel is embarrassed because Phoebe runs really awkward and all over the place? That’s how I felt when I first starting running again after having my baby. I felt like people were looking at me like I was a crazy person running by. Everything felt loose and weird. It was like I was in a completely different person’s body.
I felt like this for a little while. I would keep trying to go for a run and everything just seemed off. I had to stop frequently. I couldn’t go as fast as I wanted. I still felt all over the place when I was running. I was starting to get really discouraged.
I even told my husband at one point that I maybe I should give it up. The hobby that I loved so much just didn’t seem to work for my body anymore. It was harder than I wanted it to be and it didn’t feel like it used to.
But I didn’t give up. And then something happened.
Each time I ran it started to get a little easier instead of harder.
Each time I went out there I felt more like my old self. I went a little faster. I felt a little less awkward. I started to enjoy it even more.
I had that feeling… I’m back.
I have run twice this week and it feels like it used to. It’s my time to myself. I feel good, excited, and faster.
This feeling reminded me of how far I have come. And also how much farther I might be able to go.
Many people have asked me how I can possibly run a marathon. How can I possible run 26.2 miles? Well, as I always tell them, I don’t start out thinking about how I have to run 26.2 miles. I start out thinking about how I need to run the first 5. Then I need to get to mile 8. Then I need to get to mile 13. And so on.
When you focus on a goal in steps it doesn’t seem so challenging and daunting. I remember the first time I ran a mile and felt like I could still breathe afterwards. I wasn’t born this way. I just had a goal and went for it. I took it in steps and knew it wouldn’t happen overnight.
This is the same with any fitness or weight loss goal you have. It won’t happen overnight so don’t give up on it.
I’m glad I didn’t give up on running like I told my husband I was going to after coming home from a bad run one day.
Because if I did, I wouldn’t have the awesome feeling I have now and be able to tell you – I’m back.
I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.