If you’ve been here long at all you know I’m a runner. I guess you could say I’m a runner in many different senses of the word. When I don’t know what to do, I run.
Running was how I found freedom from a lot of self-made chains, how I found my faith and how I follow the call I believe God has placed on my life.
It’s also what I do when I’m afraid. When I’m insecure, unsure or feel unsafe, I run. It’s how I cope. Physically, running has been very hard for me the last few years, but I continue to go. Where I once felt freedom and exhilaration, some days I now feel and count every single step.
The reason I continue to go is because I believe with all of my heart it is the thing helps me move forward. When I run, all I need to focus on is the next step. Whether I start out to run a mile or two or ten, all I have to do is take one step. And then another.
To me, running is a perfect metaphor for life. We start out at the beginning with a goal in mind and when we start it seems like forever away. Impossible. But over time, step after difficult step we look back and see how far we have come. When the miles are tough we reach deep inside and find a strength we didn’t know we had. It’s when we look back from the finish and see it was the difficult miles that made us. The ones we remember most profoundly are the ones we fought through, the ones that took every bit of effort and strength we could find.
Those are the miles that make us.
The last month I’ve been working out harder than I had in over a year. As a long-distance runner for over fifteen years, my body was burned out on long slow distance. To challenge it to respond, I started pushing my body to run intervals and sprint drills; I started doing plyometrics, and insanity classes. Working on fast twitch muscles is definitely not my strength and it’s taken every bit of determination I can find, but it’s showing. I can see and feel the difference in four weeks! Even my legs are feeling stronger when I run and I didn’t know if that would ever happen again!
I promise: if you put in the time and do the work to move your body, you will look and, more importantly, feel better. Every day, you get to choose to say yes. Yes to a new life, yes to pushing and challenging and working your body – and it will respond! You will become stronger, leaner, faster, fitter and healthier. This week begins the first step to helping you find YOUR BEST YOU!
SO. Are you ready for a workout?! My amazing personal trainer Julie Larrison has written three FREE sample workouts for us! There is a beginner, intermediate, and advanced workout so you have no excuse not to start today! Download the workout that is best for you by following the links or clicking on the images below.
Objective: This week your objective is to move your body. If you are not accustomed to working out, start where you are. If you’ve been working out for a long time and have hit a plateau, change it up! Challenge your body by making it work harder or different than whatever you’ve been doing. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but it will be worth it. We don’t all need to run but we do need to move. What makes you come alive? Do you love to dance? Run, bike, swim, rock climb, dance, whatever you do: move. Incorporate 30-60 minutes of exercise into every day this week, starting today.
Assess: How do you feel? How does your body respond to exercise this week on day 1 versus day 7? Push though soreness, I promise moving actually makes it better. Write down how your body feels and the emotions you experience as you commit and push through fatigue, soreness irritability and all of your excuses to find endorphins, exhilaration and gratitude! Pay attention to how your body likes to move and do that. This is about finding what makes your body come alive – what makes you focus on this present moment, the only one you’ve got – and live it to it’s fullest.
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*these workouts are at your own risk. If you have a medical condition or preexisting injury you may want to consult your doctor before beginning a workout regimen.