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Many of you know that earlier this year, I decided I wanted to run a 5k. And many of you know that I hated running- it just wasn't for me. Ultimately, I never ran the 5k & I'm quite alright with it.
I never liked running not because I wasn't good at it- in the months I was training, I ran a decent mile & achieved running the 3.1 miles. I was capable of doing it. The actual process of running though, wasn't for me, there was little I enjoyed. I felt like it was a chore, I got bored being alone running- even when I was running with somebody, our pace was always different (I have little legs) so I was always running alone. The one thing I enjoyed, was being outside.
But when the 5k I singed up to run got cancelled, I felt relieved. In my head, I knew that there were a crap ton of other 5k's I could have signed up for, but so much of me was glad I wasn't going to have to run (and in a group of people nonetheless). Running just wasn't for me for so many reasons & I'm fine with that.
Once I weaned myself off of running (just kidding, I just stopped), I was kind of bummed that I didn't fulfill my goal of running in any 5k, but honestly, I wasn't bummed enough. For me, I realized, that working out should not be a chore the way running was for me. Working out should be enjoyable, you should want to go do something for yourself & running wasn't that for me.
And then I stumbled on something that changed me. Because I'm super active in our local Relay for Life community, I often hear from people who are interested in hosting fundraisers with us. In the Spring,in the heat of Relay season, a woman named Jen reached out about doing a kickboxing event. I was super pumped to do a new kind of fundraiser & after meeting her, was even more excited to work with her.
After Relay season ended, I was able to try out a class at her place, CKO Kickboxing, so that I could get a feel for what they do there while planning this fundraiser. I freakin' loved it. It was challenging & hard but I was pushing myself. My body was beyond sore but I loved how it felt (well ok, walking up the stairs I did not enjoy!).
A couple of weeks later, I finally signed up for a membership. I was weirdly hesitant, partially because of money and partially because I new that once I began, I'd be changed. I've been taking classes for about a month & my goals each week right now are to get there 3-4 times a week. Eventually, it'll be 4-5 times a week in goals, but I'm working up to that.
What I love is that the classes don't feel like a chore. I don't feel annoyed to get up and work out, rather, I'm excited. I still do modifications on certain things- I still do push up's with my knees on the ground, but the amount of pushups I can do now compared to my first week have almost tripled. I do the slowest burpees the world has ever seen, but I'm doing them. Last week, I learned how to do a flying front kick properly & while it's not smooth, it's happening. I can not only hold a regular plank for just about a minute, but I can throw some rainbow planks in there too!
I really love going to classes, I love that each of them are so different & I can tell that my body is really working hard within minutes. I like how I actually am, for the first time in forever, am enjoying working out. When I'm wrapping up my hands before class, I'm excited to get started to see what kind of torture I'm in for that next hour. I weirdly have enjoyed getting up & out on weekend mornings to kick some major butt!
The lesson I learned with all of this is that making goals & challenging yourself is amazing. It's something that should always be done. But when you don't achieve the goal in the way you have set out- don't feel bad, don't feel ashamed & don't let other people put you down for it. The way I look at it, I didn't run a 5k & I probably won't. But for the first time I can say I ran 3.1 freakin' miles. That's something I probably haven't done.. ever? I did it. That's way more running than I ever anticipated I'd do.
I also learned that working out should be challenging but it should be fun & enjoyable. Find something that you don't dread to go do. Find something that is hard because you're only going to get stronger as you continue to build & grow. Find a place that is judgment free, accepting & wants to see you do your absolute best. A place that gives you the tools you need to be kickass! That's what I found & it's really amazing.
My biggest thing, is just don't let other people tear you down. It might hurt when people are asses to you, or make you feel awful for now following through in your original ways. Be true to yourself, make goals for yourself, be proud for all the mini goals you achieve along the way, Doing things that are going to make you an even better version of yourself are great things. Focus on yourself & find the balance between enjoying a workout and a challenging workout. And mostly, don't let people burst your bubble of greatness!
If you're local in Westchester, NY- try out CKO Kickboxing! It's awesome!
If you want to join us for our Kickboxing fundraiser on November 19, 2016- check out the details!
My name is Kristina and I'm the founder of Love Struck. Read about how Love Struck came to be, see how I make it happen or just read a random thought I just might have! Anything can happen at our blog & I wouldn't have it any other way! It's time to get Love Struck, and what better way to start than right here!