As someone who’s been running regularly for over a year (after a lifetime convincing herself she never could), here are 5 tips I’ve learned from my new favorite hobby.
The Back Story
Let’s rewind to a few years ago when 200 pound Bri was sick and tired of feeling so down about herself. One day she decided enough was enough; it was time to create the body she always wanted. It started simple; swapping fast food for balanced meals made at home, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, trading up processed sugars for fruit cups; you get the point.
One flip of the mental switch and the rewiring of my brain brought new responses to old temptations. After I started seeing results from my food choices, I decided to take the next step and get physical. Yoga, stretching, Youtube videos, I dove headfirst into the world of fitness and I haven’t looked back since.
Growing up I never thought I could be a runner. What I did know was that I didn’t look how I wanted, I couldn’t control my actions when I was angry, and I was angry quite often. In the summer of 2019, I was on track to my dream body but my self-esteem and emotions on the inside didn’t match the look I was approaching on the outside. After losing myself yet again in a boy that was supposed to save the little self-esteem I had remaining, I decided for once I didn’t want to let my anger end yet another failed relationship.
So I ran.
I ran to the memories of every moment I thought I would explode in anger. I ran for every time I cried about what I or someone else thought of my body. I ran from every self-harming habit that would pull me back toward the 200 pound, sad Bri. I ran until I couldn’t run anymore because the tears had completely blurred my vision. I’m not sure if it was the rush of endorphins or the fact that I proved myself wrong, but those were the happiest tears I’ve ever cried.
After spending months learning myself as a runner and answering the millions of “oh my God, you look so good! How did you do that?” questions, I decided to share the secret.
While I’m absolutely no expert on running, here’s what I’ve learned this past year as a runner:
- invest in a good pair of sneakers (here are my current favs!!)
- start small, think big
- drink water ALL THE TIME
- despite what your brain says when you’re struggling to breath; you CAN keep going
- stretch when you wake up, before you run, and before bed
This experience has taught me you can do anything you allow yourself to believe you can do. So what’s stopping you from creating your dream body?
Cheers to the strength of the human body,
p.s. Stay tuned for my favorite running playlist, coming soon!