This post has been in my drafts folder for a couple of months already and I don’t even know why! I started writing it after watching a weight loss show which involved a teenaged boy. He needed to lose a lot of weight and the doctors had him on a plan to do so through diet and exercise.
He despised running so his parents would threaten him with being forced to run if he didn’t eat the “right” foods.
Now, there is so much I can say about this episode and this punishment of running but what I am focusing on for today is the realization I had while watching this boy hate running because he couldn’t do it.
I realized that I can no longer relate to that feeling of being unable to run. Do you know what I mean? I no longer can understand what that feels like, how running two minutes at a time used to feel completely exhausting and impossible.
I then realized that we runners and fitness freaky people do not give ourselves enough credit on a regular basis. We completely overlook our strengths and abilities and instead keep setting goals for new PRs.
But what about where we are right now? What about the daily fitness strengths and capabilities we have achieved just from keeping up with our fitness routines?
I may have set a new PR for myself in the Spring and I may sometimes feel hopeful for an under 1:45 at the NYCRUNS Falling Leaves Half Marathon, yet there are other fitness strengths and improvements that I do notice on a regular basis.
These fitness strengths and improvements may not count as PR’s and they may not be super cool to some but to me, they make me proud.
My abs are strong.
This coming from the girl who hates planks and never really cared that much about six-pack abs.
I have noticed over the last little while just how strong my abs have become whenever I am in the middle of the ab section of Pure Barre.
I still recall when I first started Pure Barre, the ab section was brutal. I was shaking like crazy and couldn’t complete the sequence without stopping. Now I can. Now I can feel my strength and I smile each time as I go back an inch, up an inch.
From Pure Barre Pure Results Workout -> review here.
I also notice how Pure Barre has strengthened my upper body as well. All of those body weight exercises, small arm movements with light weights and push ups have definitely made an impact on my arm strength.
Often we overlook strengthening the upper body but trust me, you need a strong core, strong shoulders, upper back and arms to power you through your runs. Even my posture feels better and stronger when I am running!
My leg muscles are fierce.
Not only do I notice these muscles when I touch or look at my legs, I can feel just how strong my leg muscles have become when I am able to complete exercises in Pure Barre that used to try to kill me!
Just the other day, I made it through a Pure Barre thigh sequence and realized how I used to stop almost immediately, unable to do this exercise position but over time I strengthened my muscles and can now do it!
It’s this thigh exercise below. It looks like no big deal but O.M.G. just try getting into this position, where your thighs hover over your heels and you tuck your hips from there. Just that hovering can kill you in two seconds.
I can run fast (for me).
Maybe not as fast as someone else but for me, I am fast. I am so proud of myself on a daily basis especially when I think about how my easy paces used to be my fast paces.
I think I speak for a lot of runners when I say that we often lose sight of just how fast we can run. We get so used to seeing certain paces that they become common but for most of society, they are crazy fast. Let’s be proud of our current speed.
I can run long.
Although I have yet to run a marathon (will I ever? will I run NYCM next year? I really don’t know), I do find myself fairly capable of just running and running and running.
So long as I pace myself, most of the time I feel as though I can run forever. This is a far cry from the teenaged girl I used to be who fainted and then threw up on her gym teacher (yes, that really happened) when forced to run a mile in gym class. They even brought out the wheel chair for me which is my favorite part of the story.
My son called me Saturday morning during my long run. We chatted for a few minutes before I said please let me hang up, I am almost at the 14 mile mark. He could not believe I had already run 13 miles by the time we were chatting and I was still running and talking to him with ease.
I can’t even fully understand his point of view anymore because to me, it’s just no big deal to run so long every Saturday morning and if I am running easy enough, I can certainly talk on the phone at the same time < – But that’s a big deal.
I received an email from Runner’s World yesterday with a last chance offer for this weekend’s Runner’s World Half & Festival. Obviously I cannot make it this weekend (hello, Bar Mitzvah!) but it did remind me that wow, I ran 3 races in one weekend two years ago.
Photo taken at finish line of Runner’s World Half Marathon. I ran the 5k and 10k the day before!
When I first starting running more seriously and reading blogs, I used to look at people who ran multiple races in one weekend as if they were insane…because I thought it was something I would never be capable of doing.be proud of your current fitness level! #running #strength #ability #fitness #halfmarathon @pure_barre Click To Tweet
What are you currently proud of yourself for in relation to your running and workouts?
What are you able to do now that you never thought you would be strong enough to do?