Guest post featured on True Start Coffee
I am beyond thrilled to announce that my writing has been featured on True Start Coffee‘s blog today. In a post titled “Want to fall in love with running?,” I recall how I finally became friends with a running regime, and how it took nearly 30 years to get me there.
Every time I lace up my sneakers to go for a jog, I am continually baffled I am a runner. As my feet start tapping the pavement, settling in to an easy cadence for a brief warm-up, I always have a moment of disbelief: am I really running again today? What higher power tricked me into thinking I could actually make a go of this? There are plenty of other things I could be doing right now: eating an entire loaf of bread, attempting to foster a suntan on my translucent skin, testing out couches for their nap efficiency…why, after almost 27 years of my life, did I suddenly become a runner?
As someone who does run 3-4 times per week (with some soothing yoga thrown in the middle), I honestly believe that running doesn’t have to be some scary, lofty goal for those interested in taking up the sport. It took me several tries, throughout my life, for the fitness habit to stick.
Looking back at how I began running, it’s no wonder I never wanted to give it a shot: I didn’t know how to properly begin. My fitness lifestyle brought me back to it several times over the next 10 years, but I always found an excuse every time to give it up again: my knees hurt, I only needed to lose weight for the summer, I hated running outside in the cold, my favorite TV shows were on, etc. I always thought “true” runners could a.) run really fast, b.) look good doing it, and c.) not feel tired during a run. I couldn’t do any of these things (especially the looking good part), so I convinced myself I was not a natural born runner.
It’s continually a surprise to me that I still want to run, but I’ve seen the health and fitness benefits from the activity, and I can’t go back to where I was before. I’m actively taking a part in my longevity and consciously making a choice to help my body. And that choice doesn’t have to look perfect.
You don’t have to be fast. You don’t have to have perfect form. And you certainly don’t have to run for 10 miles without stopping to consider yourself successful. With any new endeavor, you won’t want to make it a habit if you don’t approach it correctly. Want to start baking? Don’t start by trying to perfect a soufflé. Want to take piano lessons? Put down that prelude by Rachmaninoff. And if you want to paint like Picasso, consider starting with Paint By Number, art classes, or just go full-throttle and fling paint at a canvas like Jackson Pollack.
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