Hi Carrots N Cake readers! My name is Patricia, and I am so excited to be able to guest post on Tina’s blog, and I hope you guys enjoy this short post. I wanted to write about something that really means a lot to me, mainly because my own personal transformation from someone who was fairly inactive growing up to someone who can call herself an "athlete" is what motivates me each and every day.
Whenever people ask me how I got started with running or getting into fitness in general, I always mention that growing up, I absolutely *hated* running. And more embarrassingly, I reveal that I often used asthma as my excuse for not being very active or pursuing sports all that much. Aside from my brief stint as a volleyball player, I can’t say exercise or fitness was a huge part of my high school and college years.
So…I thought I’d share some things that helped transform me from a couch potato to an avid runner and CrossFitter!
1. Start Small
When I first began running in 2007 right after college, I couldn’t even run around a track! You read that right…not even one lap around the track! So…that’s what I started with! I tried for one lap and then two laps…then eventually, I got up to 1 mile (4 laps around the track). Starting small helped me overcome the intimidation of even the thought of running. No one was born running…we all started with baby steps, one at a time. You can even apply this with everything else in life…I’m sure Einstein also had to learn simple mathematics like 1 + 1…way before he started developing the Theory of Relativity. So, give yourself a break and start small!
Here’s a picture of me during a track workout back in the summer of 2007…finally able to run around it more than once.
Misery) FUN Loves Company"
This second tip definitely helped me train for my first marathon…which turned out to be my first race and athletic endeavor ever! When I decided to start running, I decided to join a Team in Training (TNT) program through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I know that Tina joined the same program for her first marathon, and I can attest to how awesome and effective it is when you have a team behind you. I don’t think I could have done my first double-digit mile run on my own. And when you have people to "suffer" through a workout with, the "suffering" actually turns into FUN!
Not only do friends keep you accountable, they also allow you to test your limits. I have found that many of my friends limit themselves because they are plain intimated. When you have people to help you through a long run or a WOD, it’s easier to overcome that intimidation and you end up surprising yourself with what you can accomplish!
I am not the best rower (and dread it every time I see it on the WOD blog)…but with friends, I suck it up and row!
3. Laugh at Yourself and Let Go
When you are first learning a new skill or embarking on a new athletic endeavor, it’s okay to fail at first. It’s okay to have bad runs or fall off a rower (I’m not saying I have fallen off a rower before…or have I? ). Without those "bad" or "failed" attempts, you can’t appreciate the "good" or "successful" attempts as much. As hard as it is to just brush it off and pick yourself up and try and try again, try to let it go and laugh it off. After all, laughter really is the best medicine, right? (So many clichés in this post, I know!).
But in all seriousness…allow yourself to make mistakes, laugh it off, and get at it again! Every day at CrossFit, I make the funniest "WOD-faces," but I really think these funny faces that I make remind me to not take myself too seriously while I’m working out… After all, what is the point if it’s not fun, right?
Thanks for reading everyone and good luck with your future athletic (and otherwise) endeavors!
Be sure to check out Patricia’s blog at Run Foodie Run!