Prior to be embarking on my own personal journey of self-discovery, I recall enviously watching runners as they seemed to effortlessly float through my neighborhood. They seemed so majestic, and made running look so easy! But the thought of strapping on a pair of old tennis shoes and fumbling my way, huffing and puffing, along the pavement provided me with a completely different mental picture. There was no way I could ever be as awesome as the seemingly mythical creatures that paraded past my home. No possible way.
Have you ever felt this way? Or perhaps, do you currently feel this way? It’s easy to feel intimidated when you see seasoned runners gliding along with barely a drop of sweat glistening on their lean bodies. You may think, “Where do I even begin? I want to try, but don’t know where to start.” Sound familiar? Well I can happily say that just because you aren’t there right now, doesn’t mean you can’t be there someday. And to supplement that, it also doesn’t mean that you HAVE to attain that ideal to be a successful runner either. I’d like to share a few pointers that may help encourage you onward in your running journey, and I hope you are able to find the confidence, motivation, and strength as you take your early steps into the running world.
First things first, please remember that you are perfectly fine just as you are! Now granted that’s no excuse not to incorporate some sort of physical activity into your daily life. My hope is that you love yourself enough to take wonderful care of your body, and running is one really fantastic way to do this. And yes, while there are beautiful, lean runners who will speed by you effortlessly just when you feel about ready to collapse on the pavement, there are also so many normal, everyday people out running who struggle, just like you, as they are also working toward gaining their legs as newborn runners.
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