Sometimes I am amazed at how awesome groups fitness is. I will tell you, internal dedication and motivation are key to success. You have to want to be out there living a healthy lifestyle.
BUT there will be days that you just don’t want to! It is substantial easier to stay on task with outside accountability.
When I started to evolve my lifestyle to incorporate running, I hated it! Like REALLY hated it. But I committed myself to running a 5k and that was what I was going to do! I mean really how much of your time does a c25k program take?
Once I finished that 5k, although I had the race high, I immediately reverted back to my old non-runner way of life. My father-in-law was so excited to maybe have someone to run with that be kept asking me to go out with him on the trail.
I finally gave in. This is a man that does sooooooooo much for me! My husband’s family is a constant stream of solid support and love. I decided to make him happy and join him running again. Outside accountability caused me to re-lace up my running shoes.
Over the next several months he started hounding me about going up to the track and trying to befriend a group that runs up there every Tuesday. I am an introvert by nature and not one to go out of my way to awkwardly meet new people. But finally he beat me down and I started to try.
I didn’t know it then, but ultimately this group became an important missing component in my life.
I went from having a couple close friends to having bunches of them! All athletes. All utterly amazing. All incredibly supportive and inspiring.
All it took was one run and then there I was… The girl that grudgingly became a runner… out there every Tuesday (no matter what!)
That was 3 years ago! Now these girls represent a critical part of my life. Always encouraging me every year to push myself harder and further than the year before.
In the past 3 years, due to their encouragement here are some of the things I have had the opportunity to experiance:
– completed a half marathon
– found my forever coach
– started TRX
– learned to swim
– raced triathlon
– cheered them on finishing half ironman, marathons, and full ironman
– kept fit during pregnancy
Etc etc… I’ll tell you what… without them I would never have kept going!
If you are a solo runner, I completely understand! There is a beauty to the quiet peace of doing things on your own. But, sometimes having someone to hold you accountable adds to the many benefits of being an endurance athlete!
Sometimes it amazes me to think about how much different my life was 3 years ago… but I know enough to say THIS life is it for me. I’m hooked and will run as long as my legs will let me.
Night all! Stay encouraged out there.