I saw this quote recently and it truly inspired me. This is where I am at how I am motivated. As I said before here, I am completely goal oriented, but my goals are not set up against anyone but myself. For example some of my goals have been everything from run from a steady 30 minutes, when I first started, to completing a marathon alive. As most you busy people and especially moms know, even getting a work out in 4-5 times a week can be a goal. What I have loved so much about the blogging world is that it has enabled us to hear so many amazing stories on how people got started, what their goals are, how they have reached them, and they are setting new ones. THAT is what it is all about. Your journey. Your inspiration. I think we have to tell people's stories. How they started, how they are inspired, which in turn inspires us.
Meet my friend Renay, who started with a goal to complete a 5k and was inspired by our blog and other friends that run as well. We are so very proud of her. Here is her story:
Numbers: 207, 70, 45, 16, 32, 5, 2.
I started running because of numbers. At my highest, I weighed 207 pounds. With my two pregnancies, I gained 70 and 45 pounds respectively. I was a size 16 when my youngest child turned one. I'm 32 years old, and 5 feet, 2 inches tall. I felt old, short, and fat!
People say it's not about the numbers. Well, skinny people say that. To me, it started because of the numbers.
Let me say this, I am not a runner. I hate exercise. I don't like sweating. I despise being sore. I'm lazy. I like to sleep. I love to eat.
But, again, there were the numbers...
So, I downloaded the 8-week training C25K app four months early, and set my sights on a 5k on April 27th. And it took the whole four months!
135, 8, 35.
Today I ran my first 5k. I have never felt a more amazing feeling!! The hills were hard. My legs are aching. I sweated. Today I weigh 135. Today I am a size 8. Today I ran 3.1 miles in 35 minutes.
Today I am a runner.
What I really love about running is that it just that it gives me my ME time. My husband totally respects that, and if I can't run in the morning, he makes time for me to do it after he gets home from work. I am a much happier person when I get my run in. I feel healthier. It relieves stress. And I sleep better! Once upon a time, I turned to not so positive things...but this time, I made a better choice! And as much as I hated it at first, I can't imagine not doing it now!!