"It's gonna hurt and be challenging but it will get better."


Usually, my weekly runs are used for problem-solving but lately, they have been very reflective. Once the gym closed down and I was trying to figure life out a bit because I am a realist. Around the beginning of April I decided it was time for me to get back on the fitness wagon (and stop feeling sorry for myself.) So I began walking on the Town of Fairhaven bike path. Keep in mind I have been living back in Fairhaven for 4 years now and have not stepped on it because of my teaching schedule wiped me out. I began walking and everything hurt...my back, my hips (maybe 2 miles to start) all of it but after two weeks things got better and I thought it might be time to start running. I have to tell you it was hard and I mean really hard...my breathing was terrible and there were times when my 1/2 hour run would wipe me out for the day because my breathing was sooooo bad but I kept at it. Of course, while I was struggling all that negative talk was going through my head as well... "I am a fitness professional how come this is so hard. I can't believe with all my training that this is so difficult for me." With consistency and determination, along with taming the negative talk, 2 Miles became 3 Miles and 4 Miles and now I am running 5 miles 3 times a week. Yes, we have all lost a lot with the Coronavirus but I know that many of us have had time to rethink how we live our lives. What we want and what we don't want. I know that I want to continue to run but I also know that I want a healthy balance in my exercise schedule. Ask yourself today what is one thing that is going to be challenging that you can change to make your life better to help you live a happier and healthier life? Everyone's story is different...Everyone's fitness love is different. Remember whatever that change may be it "might hurt and be challenging but it will get better" - Julie Fostin

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