“The Beautiful thing about fear is, when you run to it, it runs away” Robin Sharma
Starting on any journey can leave one with feelings of insecurity, fear, and being overwhelmed.
Starting on a journey of physical wellness is an especially daunting one. Upon starting my fitness journey, I always felt that I was not fit enough, skinny enough, or fast enough to train with others. But F.E.A.R really is only ‘False Evidence Appearing Real’. The truth is that everybody starts somewhere and chances are people are more supportive in your efforts than what you think.
The more consistent you are, the more confidence you gain, and the more respect you gain for yourself the less you worry about the opinions of others because you gain your sense of worth, which is truly a gift that no one can take away from you. Being physically active is one of the many things you can do to attain self-love laid out in a previous post which you can find here.
How does one stay motivated to train?
With MAD2Run just less than 24 weeks away many people ask how my training is going and what prep am I doing to step up my game. Other than the obvious answer of increasing my training, I have come across the most phenomenal run club that I am proud to be a part of. CMIYC (Catch Me If You Can) is an all women’s running community that connects ladies of all ages, shapes, sizes and goals
CMIYC has a host of leaders that manage runs all across South Africa which allows women the chance to discover their cities and feel safer running on the roads in numbers. CMIYC also has an app that will allow members to see when and where runs are taking place. It’s a great platform and the beauty is that you get runners training to do their first 5km all the way through to training for comrades.
I recently had the opportunity to interact with ladies who have signed up for the 5km training program. This is a training program that one pays to join (the weekly runs are free to join). The aim of the program is to enable runners to either run their fastest 5km or to be able to fully run their first 5km. It was truly inspiring to hear the ladies stories who have signed up for this program and it is beautiful to see a community of women all helping to build each other up.
There is no judgement, no matter if you are running at 3mins a km or 9mins a km, the point is that you are still running and you will see progress. This platform gives you the motivation you need to run, the community to keep you running and coaches that have the knowledge to help you achieve your own personal goals. As we all know sport is of a personal nature and we all have unique goals that we would like to attain.
Please feel free to share running groups you may be apart of and how you stay motivated to train.