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As April and Athletic Apparel month starts to come to a close, we look back at our athletic performance for the month. This month has been all about pushing ourselves to new limits. In fact, this month I had a few very humbling fitness moments…
This week, I took advantage of a nicer day to go for a run. We have some big, long, technical runs planned this summer and I need to start getting back into cardiovascular shape and increasing my distance now before those runs creep up on me. I went for a short, but really hilly run, and thought half way through – “gosh, I feel horrible and I can’t wait until I am back in shape and able to run longer distances like it is nothing”. But I can’t focus on chapter 12 when I’m on chapter 1. So I got home, sat down at my computer and started planning out the rest of my mileage workouts based on our planned runs this summer. Bring it on!
And then today, I had a moment during my workout where I wondered if I could go any further. It was as much a mental workout as it was a physical one. Exercises were challenging, the reps were high, and there was virtually no recovery time. I broke down at one point…and then I took a deep breath and got it together. I stopped looking at everyone else around me struggling (which made it worse for me), I stopped looking at the workout as impossible, and I started strategizing how to get through it by breaking it up into smaller intervals and celebrated completing those intervals…and then I finished!
We all have limits, but the important thing is to set goals and strive for them. Some of them may be trying to complete a mile run or walk, or finding the courage to get back into the gym. Some of you may be training for a marathon, triathlon or simply hitting the gym to get strong and feel your absolute best. It doesn’t really matter what your fitness goals are…it just matters that you have them and that you stay dedicated to them and to yourself!
We are so blessed to have our bodies and our health, so let’s get active, stay active, push our limits and feel the best we have ever felt…together!
Looking for a bit of inspiration? Check out these inspiring athletes that teach us that no obstacle is too large to overcome in our quest to stay fit and healthy.
Watch the video “Catching Kayla,” linked in this article, and you will be truly moved
“She Collapses In Agony Every Time She Runs A Race, But This Teen With MS Refuses To Stop”
“They ask why I push myself to the limit.
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