If you’ve read my previous posts, you would know that I am a pretty active person. I started playing tennis at a young age and about a year ago, I received my Turbo Kickboxing certification. As much as I love working out and pumping iron in the weight room (you can’t blame me – that’s where all the ripped guys hang out!), one thing I’ve always hated is running.
At the gym, running on the treadmill gave me a headache as soon as I stepped off the conveyor belt. Outside, the bugs just enjoyed flying into my face….and my teeth. It just wasn’t working for me. I was not a runner and I was a-OK with that.
That is, until I realized the many health benefits of running. Obviously, it keeps you in great shape, but, more than that, it relieves stress. I’ve mentioned before that stress is bad on the body and that exercise helps you through it, but running specifically gives you a natural high. Running long distances allows your breathing pattern to stabilize and gives a similar effect as meditation. The perk? You’re burning a few more calories when you run!
After realizing a good run would make me saner, I thought I should challenge myself and decided to give running another try. To make sure that I kept to my goals, I decided to sign up for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco.
I had heard of this gorgeous run late last year and the thought of actually running it has always been in the back of my mind. I finally decided to sign up earlier this year and recruited a few of my good friends to do it with me. I train by increasing my mileage every week and working on incline trails (read: this run will be HILLY!). To combat the problems I had before, I decided to run trails with nice scenery (to avoid boredom) and just cross my fingers that I wouldn’t eat another bug (because its gross).
Running one mile used to intimidate me, but I am excited for the 13.1 mile goal I have set for myself. It’s a lot (and I mean a LOT) of work, but I know that the results will worthwhile… especially since we are given a Tiffany’s necklace when we cross the finish line. (What? Everyone needs a little motivation….) I feel accomplished and proud every time I go a little further and can actually feel my body changing with every passing run.
I think it is good to try new things in life (not to mention, switch up your workout routine). You don’t have to sign up for a marathon, but challenge yourself to do something you never thought was possible. Whether you start small with a 5K race or swimming 40 laps, or set high dreams of being in the Olympics, know that anything is possible when you set your mind to it. The feeling you will get afterward is indescribable.
So I challenge you gorgeous CollegeCandy readers to go above and beyond. Until then…October 17th – here I come!
What are you going to challenge yourself to do today?