One of the questions is this:
If you could give advice to other women who are trying to incorporate running into their life, what advice do you want to share with them?
This question sparked some passion in me that I could barely control. I had to edit it down to the space allotted for responses. So I thought I'd share it.
Here is my answer:
When I started running, I did everything I could to do it in private. I didn't want anyone to see me trying to run, trying to teach myself how to run. I had led a very sedentary life and in my late 20s I was trying to completely change how I viewed myself, the type of activities I spent my time on, and what I wanted to do with my life outside of work.
I was afraid other runners would ridicule me, I was afraid that drivers on the street would honk and make fun of me, yell things from their car windows and embarrass me. I was fat and I felt old and clumsy and I was terrified of being seen in public trying to change that.
Eventually I gained the confidence to join a group of beginner runners. Essentially it was a Couch to 5k-type of program and it COMPLETELY CHANGED MY WORLD. My outlook on this activity was radically changed by the time I'd finished the 10-week program.
I learned that the running community is not a group of high school jocks who are going to make fun of me for being slower or for struggling. It’s a group of SUPPORTERS who have my back!
The “intimidation” and "fear" I experienced was really more about fear within myself. Fear of failing, fear of succeeding, or maybe just fear of trying something new.
Don’t let THAT stop you!
NEVER LET FEAR STOP YOU FROM DOING WHAT YOU WANT!
Go out in the street!
Run and walk on the trails locally!
If you really need an excuse or to take attention from yourself,
GET A RUNNING PARTNER - GET A DOG! ANYTHING.
Just don't ever let fear control your actions.
It's YOUR life.
Actually, now that I've written that last bit, I like it so much I think I'll make it my new tag line. Because this blog isn't really about faster times and weight loss these days; it's about how I'm living my life, and the ways I'm changing how I live my life. I like it!