It has been a long time since I have blogged, but at this very moment, there’s so much I want to say, so here goes.
I used to be the kid at track and field days who envied all of the kids with multiple ribbons pinned to their shirts. They fluttered in the wind while I looked down and saw my one-and-only ‘Participant’ ribbon. Every. single. year.
I was the girl who, at the cross country run came in second-last… only because every time that other girl got close, I started running again. I was the woman who always said, “I’m not athletic, I’m not a runner, I can’t run.”
All of that has changed.
In January, I started working out again. I was fast approaching 40, and truly… a little freaked out about it! I signed up for Sunrise Bootcamp with Equilibrium Lifestyle Management and super-amazing trainer Sarah Seads. I started doing something so far out of my comfort zone, it was crazy! That first workout, I could not run around the parking lot in the warm up. I thought I might throw up. I thought to myself, ‘Oh dear Niki… who do you think you are… you can’t do this…” But, I did. I kept going. I kept pushing harder, and I kept trying. Every class.
Now if you know me at all, you know when my typical bedtime is. It’s late… very late. My bootcamp classes are early, very early… I get up at 5am. The greatest thing about this is that I am DONE my workout at 7:15am, and I feel fantastic for the day. But, truly the greatest thing about bootcamp is everything! It’s hard. And fun. And each class I do something that I never, ever thought I could do before. And I get faster, and stronger, and have more fun every time. The group is INCREDIBLY supportive, and Sarah is THE BEST! Seriously. The best!! I have done more in the last 5 months than I EVER thought I could do.
In January I set some goals. One of which was to run a 5K. Then in June, run another 5K - this time faster. But, plans changed… I was very sick for my first 5K and couldn’t do it. And for the second I decided to challenge myself and SEE if I could run 10 instead of 5.
And guess what…? I did! :) Who knew??!! My goal was to run the whole way. And, that I did! I RAN 10K! (if you click the link… I’m the girl with the bright green shoelaces zooming through the crowd!)
What I think was so powerful for me in this experience was that I really wanted to stop and walk - just for a minute - a lot! But I just had to ask myself, “What do you want more… to walk right now, or to run the whole way?” I learned the power of the mind on Sunday… I had little conversations going in my head the whole way like “This is hard…” followed quickly by “You’ve got this Niki… bootcamp is way harder than this… keep going!” The sense of accomplishment as I crossed that finish line and the absolute joy and sense of pride I felt is incredible. I actually tear up every time I think about it. I did something that I thought I couldn’t do. Because I just went out there and did it! And, because I believed in myself, and believed that I could.
I have a group of girlfriends who I often say “are all avid mountain bikers, avid runners - and me… I’m crafty!” Now I can say, “I’m crafty… and I’m a runner too!”
If there was ever ANYTHING that you thought you couldn’t do… please just try to do it!
If I can run… ANYONE can!
I am reminded of a quote that says, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right!” This has been HUGE for me. I’ve learned that by believing in myself and showing my boys that I do, I am teaching an important lesson. They see me taking on challenges. They have seen (and have heard about) my breakthrough moments and how persistence and perseverance pays off. They are taking on challenges and are excited about them. I am incredibly proud!! I believe that these lessons that we are all learning do not just apply to running, or to fitness, but to life in general. I challenge you to tackle something that you have never done, or thought you could do before. Dream some dreams, set some goals, make a plan, and GO FOR IT! I will be right here cheering you on! :)
I am so incredibly thankful for the lessons I have learned over the past 5 months. For the breakthrough moments I’ve had and for the fun I’ve had along the way. It’s been amazing, and I can’t wait to see where this little girl goes from here!!! :) And I do know… that it may include an even longer run, and a beautiful location! I’ll keep you posted!! ;)
Thank you for all of your love and support! I am blessed!