fitoverforty wrote:You - 18 weeks from now:
brentyboy wrote:Its good that you picked an event - it will give you a sense of urgency to "get things done". Alot of times I find that if people have no deadline, they just don't ever get anywhere. (ME) Also the mental battle that will accompany it will make you stronger.
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fitoverforty wrote:At some point, you know, you will have to train without Stewie especially as the miles get longer and the weather gets warmer.
I understand, he helps you to feel more invisible - thinking that most folks will be looking at him instead of you. But, you are now entering into a whole different spectrum of your fitness life. I want to encourage you to start thinking of yourself as a runner - a strong and capable athletic person, with every right and purpose to be out there running, because that is what you are. Trust me, as you progress and become stronger and can run longer you will gain more confidence and at some point be proud to be out there running, secure in the knowledge that you look good and if people notice you they will admire you (as I'm sure they already do!). I've been down this same road you are on now..hesitant to step out of my comfort zone and afraid that people would see me running and think I looked fat, or whatever. But, you know what? If I let that fear keep me from getting out there and running, then it wins...the fear wins, the fat wins, and I continue to be unhappy and miserable. - I don't want you to feel that way.feelin-great wrote:then I can drop him off and run by myself. It will be tough because he is my crutch! He is the reason I was able to start running in public in the first place and it takes the self-consciousness (I don't think that's really a word ) out of my running!
Ya think? Thanks! I guess i've reached an age that has acquired a certain amount of life experiences and I relate so much to what you were saying. I've already felt those things (still do sometimes) and I know how powerful those kind of thoughts can be, how they can derail a person before they even get started.feelin-great wrote:Lynne, you should be a motivational speaker
Now, THAT'S what I'm talking about! That's the attitude you need to have. Again, I can relate to this....a couple of years ago I was running with a running partner that not only was faster than me, but she was thinner too (now, talk about intimidating! ) and I would wear baggy tshirts because I felt so much bigger than her. She would wear the cute runner's tanks and shorts. But one day I just decided to wear one too. When she came over, as soon as she saw me, she immediately said how great I looked - I looked so strong and fit - I intimidated her!!! Imagine that!. Wow, I guess I did look pretty darn good, but up until that moment I had it in my head that unless i was the same size as her, or smaller, that I couldn't possibly look good. And it did bring out more confidence in me - I felt more like an athlete - like I belonged in that sports tank, out there running for everyone to see. So much of how people perceive us, is in how we project to them how we feel about ourselves. Wearing a big baggy tshirt says "I feel fat and maybe you won't notice me if i hide behind this shirt!" But wearing a cute sports top, that hugs your curves, says "Yeah, that's right, I look good!" See what I'm saying?feelin-great wrote:I didn't wear my usual baggy t-shirt, I wore an athletic tank, somewhat fitted, and I think that helped - I was dressed for the part and that made me a bit more confident because I actually looked like a runner
feelin-great wrote:I registered really early because I knew that if I paid for it I would do it - if I hadn't paid for it I would probably have found an excuse to back out.
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