We all have them. Friends who run. These people, although lovely humans, can make your own fitness goals seem so far out of reach. Their success might frighten you away from finding your own. When you compare personal records, it may make you want to quit entirely.
But see, here's the thing, you can't actually find any success, let alone their level of success, if you don't try in the first place. This amazing video from Nike reminds us all that in order to be a runner, you simply need to run.
It can be intimidating when you are just starting out. There is no doubt. It will not be easy. You'll reach points where you feel like giving up, like your legs are made of lead and your lungs are burning. You will want to quit.
But the most important thing you can do for yourself is keep going. It doesn't matter where you start your fitness journey, it only matters where you end up. No one can run a marathon without building toward that end. And as this video so aptly demonstrates, it doesn't matter where you finish. First or last, you've finished. You are a runner.
No matter the distance you run or the amount of time it takes you, be proud. As time goes by, you'll see improvements and you can marvel at how amazing and adept you have become at the task. But until then, know that each step you take, each time that foot pounds the pavement, you have made a major move forward.
Maybe you aren't a runner. How will you know if you never try?
Source: Women's Health
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