If you are anything like me, you allow your self esteem to be directly related to your self view. My self view is that I am totally out of shape, overweight, and need to get focused. My self esteem has been pretty low because of it. So I thought, “Hmmm, how do get my body back to the shape I know it should be?” I know that I am really an athletically trim figure but the world just can’t see it. So I have to straighten up.
Amazon.com has an amazing thing called “App of the Day.” One fine morning they offered C25K. I got it, not thinking I would really use it, but just to have if I did decide to run. Back in November I decided to try it out. I was doing really good until a dumb driver sideswiped my training and I couldn’t exercise for two months. But enough of that, I’m not bitter. Really.
I dislike running for any length of time. Distances scare me, my asthma kicks in, my congestion builds up, and I think, “Why am I doing this?” I am all about the quick burst of speed, even did track in school. Yet, to be good at quick bursts, you need to be in shape. To be in shape, that means movement.
To be good at running I think back to an article I read years ago on how to run correctly. You can Google how to really do this if you don’t know, but here are the points I remember.
- First you must have great shoes. I bought some amazing shoes that feel so soft, you won’t even remember you are running. Umm… I don’t think so. Hey, I know I am running but at least my feet won’t hurt while doing it. Plus, they look cute.
- Second, maintain proper posture. You don’t want to be the person injured going for a run because you didn’t watch where you were going (while smiling) or just look silly running because your arms are flopping and your feet are pointed out. Look good, so the next passerby will believe you run all the time and enjoy it.
- Third, run like you do enjoy it. This one always cracks me up, probably because it is SO true. No matter how much you hate an activity, you don’t want people around you to realize it. The general public wants to believe that you are having fun getting in shape, not dying with every step. Think of those Nike commercials. So put a smile on your face. I treat it like eating green beans in front of my kids. As a mom, your child has to have a chance at new foods and experiences without your value judgment on it. So you smile and take a bite (they haven’t noticed my serving size yet). Same thing with running, smile big!
Number three sticks with me. I tend to enjoy running more when I smile and think it can be fun.
I will just support Luci Furious and say that the C25K is awesome. This little thing is the incentive I, and maybe you, need. It tells me when to walk and when to run, it should change my music but it doesn’t. I don’t mind since I know what music inspires me to move. I love walking and then running for a quick moment. I can run for a minute, look good doing it, and even smile. A little bit of Linkin Park and Lady Gaga helps as well.