So a few months ago, I joined a running group. I have been a “runner” for many years. When I was in high school I was somewhat forced to run to stay in shape for the sports I played. In college it became a way to relieve stress. At one of my lowest emotional places it became an obsession which turned into an addiction. I am glad to say that it is now a healthy form of exercise I use a few times a week in order to stay in shape and to challenge myself. I have never been a super fast runner, or one who has ever won a race, and I honestly still don’t feel like a ‘real’ runner sometimes, but I am working on that. For a long time I have felt that if I was part of a group it might help me with my training, my motivation and to have others to encourage me along the journey. I have had some fears in the past, some of them may seem irrational to others, but to me they were real.
I happened across a wonderful group of women in a Moms Run This Town (MRTT) group on facebook. I was a bit nervous as I clicked the ‘join’ button. Within a few minutes I was officially added and welcomed! AHH I could hardly believe it. Over the next few hours I was introduced to the group and decided to join a few of the group workouts! A few days later I did my first workout and I knew this decision was a great one, and LONG overdue for myself. Since the first workout I have done several more, and I am so thankful for the amazing women I have been able to meet with. I have also done a virtual race with some of the women and will be doing my first real race with the group tomorrow!!
For many years I have held a perception that any groups or classes I could join would make me feel even worse about myself. I was intimidated by the classes and I had a fear that I would walk in and be the only person who has weight issues, or not as in shape as every one else, or I would make a fool of myself. I did a few classes back when I worked at a fitness center back in Chicago, but that was about 6 years ago. I have almost always worked out alone, or sometimes with one other person. I have been at my current gym for a little over 2 years, and back in December I finally took the plunge and walked into a Zumba class one night. I was SO nervous I felt like I was going to puke. I have to say that is was great decision that helped me get the nerve to do more classes and eventually to join the running group.
I have met amazing people in the running group as well as the classes. After doing Zumba I made some friends and one the girls in the class and I decided to try out the Body Pump class. I am SO hooked! I have met even more wonderful people and have made friends! It has been a fun journey and a blessing to my life in so many ways.
I am really glad I did not let my fear keep me back any longer. Are there any fears that you have overcome on your health and fitness journey? Fill me in! 🙂
~Chocolate Runner Girl~