Dear Innocent Little Newbie Runner Amanda,
You grew up playing soccer and lacrosse, and you spent most of your time working on speed and agility. Now you have big legs full of spring muscle, and you hate long distance running because it's really hard for you. Endurance muscles aren't really your "thing" after all that short-range work. But you know what? You're still a runner. Those legs are STRONG, and they're going to carry you to amazing places. The most important thing to remember when you are running is that every step forward is your choice. You only have to go backwards if you choose to - and you never have to choose to go backwards again, if you don't want to. You'll never run a six minute mile, but you'll still be able to run distances that scare you right now, and you'll feel incredible afterwards. You'll meet people and go places that will make your life better, all because you keep choosing to take another step forward.
And it's not just your legs that are strong. It's your heart that is strong, too. Just like running a long distance, life is an endurance event for your heart. There will be some courses with lots of hills, and those uphill battles will be battles, but when you crest that hill and it's all downhill from there, you're going to love the ride.
Always choose to take that step forward. It's worth it every time.
Future Awesomesauce Amanda
Tuesdays on the Run is hosted by Marcia, Patti, and Erica! Check out what other runners have to say to their former selves in week's linkup, and stay tuned for more Tuesdays on the Run every week! Don't forget to share the advice YOU would give to yourself in the comments on any Tuesdays on the Run post!
So, how 'bout it - what advice would you give to yourself back when you started your fitness journey?