My Struggle with the Treadmill and Running

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“Sometimes the best runs come on days when you didn’t feel like running.”

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When I created this blog I wanted to incorporate a fitness lifestyle into what I write about every week. Sadly, I’ve struggled with it. I didn’t want to write about something I wasn’t doing. I didn’t want to lead people on thinking I had my health together. In fact, that’s been my biggest struggle. I can’t seem to find the time or put workouts before other things that need to be done. But I want to be healthy. So I signed up for a 10K on June 2.

I originally planned to do a half marathon but I have been sick the last month with colds. As much as I hate letting myself down, I scaled back my goal a bit. Right now, I am on a 12 week journey to a 10k. Around the 6 week mark I will be running in a 5K to see how I am doing. That will give me a good idea of what my 10K may be like.

I used to run races all of the time. But I’m a little nervous about these two that are coming up. I am in terrible shape. Ashamed about the person I am today. But I can’t keep feeling sorry for myself or wishing I could do something. I’m just going to do it.

Yesterday, I walked 2 miles on the treadmill. I wanted to ease myself back into everything. I hate treadmills by the way. But we bought one so I could use it during winter months. Normally, I would just go outside and run. Except I have my daughter. I don’t want to expose her to the cold so a $200 treadmill seemed like a better solution.

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As the weather gets warmer I’m hoping to venture more outside. But until then it’s me and my trusty treadmill. Honestly, I don’t have much of a plan right now. I know I need to write my workouts down so I have something to focus on. But since I’m just starting back I’m really wanting to just focus on getting on the treadmill.

I’m also incorporating HIIT workouts with my running each day to build my strength. I don’t know if I will be ready for the 5K or the 10K. Failing is one of the worst things I can think of right now. I know if I’m putting in the work then I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. It’s going to take a day at a time. A goal at a time to help me get back to the runner I used to be.

Any advice or encouragement would be so helpful. Is anyone else starting over in their fitness journey? I would love to hear your thoughts. What helped you stay motivated?

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Starting with the basics. It’s a common idea when you’re trying to learn how to do a new hobby or learn a new skill. But when you’ve been there before it’s hard to go back to the beginning. That’s been my biggest struggle with my weight loss.

Many of you may not know but I have been through the weight loss process before. I lost 70 pounds back in 2011-2012. It was through running I learned how to love exercise. It also taught me how hard work really does pay off. It wasn’t long before I was hooked. I did a number of 5Ks, a 10K and 2 half-marathons. Sadly, I stopped running and quickly fell back into my old habits.

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It’s a little embarrassing now writing about me starting over again. Why? Because I see it as a huge failure on my part. I stopped believing in myself. I stopped reaching for new goals. I felt like I had reached the finish line so I stopped. But life and exercise is not like that. Just like our spiritual walk with God, it is a DAILY battle.

“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” – Luke 9:23

Luke 9:23 is a reminder how God says we must take up our cross daily. We have to remind ourselves every day why we are here and what our purpose is. This is the same in exercising, relationships with others and our walk with Christ. Why did he say this? Because God knew we need to go back to the basics to keep ourselves on track.

Like in my workouts. In my mind I have run half marathons before. I should be able to walk out of my house and do it again. But because I have not strengthened my running muscles in so long I am starting over. It’s hard to humble yourselves back to the beginning. But when we go back to the basics that’s where we can renew our strength for what’s to come.

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Whether you’re starting over in your spiritual walk or your physical exercise journey, know going back to the basics does not mean you’re a failure. It just means you’re renewing your strength. Slowly growing into that person you once were. Take the time to refine what you may have overlooked before. Train smart. Progress is progress.

What part of your life are you starting over? Exercise? Spiritual walk? What have been the hardest struggles so far?

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