I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a post. I’m doing well, and I hope you are too!
When I started this blog, I had the intention of developing myself, learning from the process and sharing any insights that could help anyone out there. This included working out regularly. To preface, I haven’t always been an active person. My family isn’t active as well and this has been influential in the way I viewed or lacked focus on fitness and health.
When I graduated college, it’s as though my mind made room for new concentrations to focus on. Goodbye essays and late night cramming sessions, hello to overall feelings on feeling strong and fit. I’m a firm believer in the little things all add up. I started out with a plan to simply join a gym. This was major because I set out the path for myself to dedicate to utilizing this resource that I saved some of my earnings on. I also set a goal of working out at least once a week. For people out there, that may seem too small of a goal. But this is coming from someone who never took the time to work out. This was a big step for me and was meaningful to me to approach.
My workouts started out with some cardio: running on the treadmill, bicycling and using a stairlift. At first, I was exhausted in merely 10 minutes. But as I became consistent and dedicated to this cardio regime, my body was thanking me for challenging itself to become healthier and stronger.
Once I laid down a good workout foundation, I thought it’d be great to run my first 5K. I was waiting for the subway and saw an advertisement for the color run. I thought that this was a fun and approachable way to tackle on my goal of running a mini marathon. I instantly signed up.
I started off my labor day weekend at the color run and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It felt great to know all the training I’ve done prepared me for this moment. The day was colorful and eventful. A lot of families, friends, couples came together in their colorful workout outfits. It made me feel happy and unified to be a part of this crowd. It also helped that people of all shapes and sizes were in attendance. It wasn’t intimidating at all! There were also food and beverage vendors that were touting healthy and nutritious snacks. I was hooked!
When it came to race time, I forgot my headphones at home and was feeling anxious running my 5K without music. I’ve never done that before. However, through that challenge, I was able to focus on the silence and put my mind to motivate myself throughout the race. I was my inner cheerleader. I was in the moment and felt deep gratitude and appreciation for my body carrying me throughout this race. The comfort of my sneakers, the sweat off my face, the pounding of my feet on the pavement as I moved forward and onward. It was fantastic. Of course, I felt tired at times, but my ability to stay on track kept me motivated. When I finally hit the finish line and had color powder thrown on me, I felt victorious and happy. I grabbed my medal and felt like I could do anything. It is an incredible feeling to feel in charge of your body and strong.
All in all, I think I’ve come a long way from my journey of fitness and I look forward to challenging myself in becoming the best person I can be.
Here’s to many more healthy days of running!