Strong is the new beautiful.

I never realized until this week how busy I’ve become since I decided to change my life & make fitness a priority. I don’t sit down on the couch the first minute I get home from work; I change into my gym clothes & put on my running shoes & head back out the door. I don’t turn on the television & spend hours & hours watching it. I don’t neglect household chores. I can finally say I ditched my lazy habits. Ever since I started my new athletic life, I have more energy than I’ve ever had before. I actually want to clean my apartment, & I don’t get tired after the first 15 minutes of doing so. I can stand at my sink & do my dishes without awful lower back pain from standing too long. I also enjoy shamelessly dancing around in my room to my favorite music. You’re probably thinking, “Wow, you really WERE lazy”. YES, I WAS!! & my body actually used to hurt any time I tried to do anything productive. Now, the pain is gone. Because I run for almost an hour at a time, I don’t have lower back pain from standing at my sink for too long. It is AMAZING how your body responds to regular exercise. I wish I would have known earlier, but I’m glad I know now. If I could tell anyone anything that has regular body aches & pains like I used to; I would tell them to EXERCISE!! It will be painful & tiring at first, but it will be so worth it & those aches & pains you used to have will be gone. This comes from my own experience!

Monday night was the Full/Half marathon information session – I wasn’t as intimidated as I thought I was going to be. There are a few races that are a part of our training (which I think I’m looking forward to the most) – & one of them is in February.. & it’s a 10 miler!! I think that was just about the only thing that intimidated me, because it was so soon. This week it has been absolutely frigid! But because I’m so COMMITTED I ran twice this week so far. I’ve noticed as long as you layer & bundle up, it’s not too bad. I may be speaking to soon, as I have yet to run when there is snow on the ground!

Me, myself & I got myself to 5k status. Without this training program, the coaches, & the other people involved, there is no way I would be able to get to 13.1 on my own. I am so ready for the challenge.




2 thoughts on “Strong is the new beautiful.

  1. Ruby Browne says:

    Isn’t it crazy how using more energy somehow gives you more energy? It’s the coolest thing.

    Keep committed and don’t let the cold freak you out. You’re absolutely right. Once you get going it’s really not so bad (even when there is snow on the ground).

    I’m stoked for you and your half! I’m thinking I might like to attack that in 2015, too.

  2. ciaraelyse says:

    Thank you! It’s such a great goal to tackle. I can’t wait. I’m training all winter so that I’ll be ready for the Pittsburgh Half in May. Crossing that finish line will be one of my Happiest moments, I bet!! Thanks for the good vibes 🙂 good luck to you on your half if you decide to go for it! I’ll be blogging through my training.

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