I saw this quote the other day, and it really resonated with me:
“The comeback is always stronger than the setback.”
I know we’ve all had highs and low with regard to our fitness journey, so I wanted to share some of mine that immediately come to mind.
My lowest fitness lows:
Barely recovered from a flare, I decide it’s a good idea to run a half marathon. I pretty much crawl over the finish line with exhaustion.
During a favorite CrossFit workout, I feel pain in my lower back, but continue to work out because I don’t want a “DNF” (did not finish). I end up in the ER later that night.
My highest fitness highs:
I participate in my first CrossFit competition (which was a high itself!) and complete 50 Hang Power Snatches at 75 pounds. Prior to the competition, I didn’t *think* I could even do one. I definitely surprised myself!
Turning right on Hereford, left on Bolyston and crossing the finish line of the Boston marathon – one of my lifelong goals. I even finish with negative splits!
As cheesy as it might sound, fitness is a journey, not a destination. Through all the highs and lows, you’re allowed to cry and scream or do whatever you need to do to deal (been there, done that), but you’re not allowed to give up. If anything, start again and come back stronger!
Tank from Live Fit
I Finally Bought THE Jacket
Guys, I really wanted this jacket from L.L. Bean all last year, but it was always sold out when I went to order it. (I ended up buying this more affordable option instead, which I liked but wasn’t super high-quality.) It’s technically backordered right now, but only until 8/16, so I’ll definitely have it in time for fall! I just hit purchase and couldn’t be more excited! 🙂
And (!!) I got free shipping and saved 25% off with code SAVE25!
Related: I’m also in love with the Signature Fleece Pullover, which is ON SALE right now, but there’s limited sizes. If you want it, HOP ON IT ASAP!
More favorites from the sale…
Question of the Day
What’s your highest high and lowest low when it comes to fitness?
My highest high and lowest low are actually the same event. I cut my foot on a piece of glass in the midst of training for my first Marathon and couldn’t train. The longest run I had was 12 miles prior to the race. Super disappointing because I was really excited for Chicago. The highest high was crossing the finish line of this marathon because I went into the race planning to drop out whenever my body needed to! I just kept going one mile at a time and telling myself good job for running the furthest I ever ran (each mile past 13.1!)
I’m so glad you finished! Best feeling ever, right!?!
Lowest of lows… thinking I could tape my foot that had been bugging me to try and pr a half. I ended up crying the last 3 miles and had to recover from a stress fracture.
Highest… so many but finishing a 50k trail run on one of the toughest courses with Dan has to be up there with memories and pride!
That’s amazing about the trail run!!! Congrats!
Highest high were my two mud runs and my first 10k under an hour (4th in women and 11th overall). Lowest low was when I did a leg workout overloaded (larger weights than usual) and I strained my hip flexor; than meant 2 months without leg workouts and 3 months until I could decently run; it was like learning to jog and run again.
Oh man, that sounds terrible! I hope you’re up and running again!
I needed this post today about fitness as a journey – thank you!
I’d say my highest, also CrossFit related, was when I participated in the Open. I had only been CrossFitting maybe a month and the workout called for a Snatch that started at 45#; I was able to do that 27 times. So exciting! I completely surprised myself that I was able to get under that bar!
Lowest, was stopping, and thinking I could do it all on my own. I am much better when I with a group. Although I am only competing with myself, it pushes me to go further.
Loved this post.
I love that Soft Cotton Rugby! I am typically a size small in Patagonia as I am 5’3” and about 105-110lbs. Based on my size and what you ordered, do you think I would be an XS or S? Thanks!
Probably an XS, but I’d check the sizing chart on the LL Bean site to be sure!
I have the soft cotton rugby pullover and it is amazing!! I love that stripe version of it. Hmmmm…. 🙂
Good to know! I think I’m going to buy it!! 🙂