Three things from this morning:
1. The treadmill at least makes it easier to stretch when you finish a run because of the rails. My favorite stretch for that right IT band of mine that loves to get a little tight. 8 miles @ 8:34
2. Turns out that florescent green weights actually motivate me to do a little lifting after a run.
3. Park day in January. WHY ARE WE LEAVING THIS PLACE?!?!
A few weeks ago I read an article (I cannot find it for the life of me) about changing your mindset about working out. It talked about how people force themselves to work out because they do. not. like. their. bodies. They talked about how one of the biggest reasons they work out is because they want to change the way they look.
On the other hand, there are a lot of people out there that exercise/run because they love their bodies. Exercise is a way that they show that they care about taking care of their bodies. They do it because they want to treat their bodies correctly by getting enough exercise each day and they fill their body with nutritious food because they love their bodies and want to take care of it, not because they want to change it.
Hmmmm. I don’t think you have to be one or the other, there is probably a large spectrum as far as why you work out goes but I wanted to hear from you about this topic.
Do you hit the pavement for a run or go to the gym because:
A) You aren’t happy with what you look like and you are chasing after changing your body.
B) You want to give your body some good ol’ TLC because you love your body and want to treat it right by being healthy.
C) Somewhere in the middle on the spectrum.
D) Depends on what else is going on in life—> stress, hormonal times, health problems, relationship problems.
I am definitely closer to B than I have ever been before in my life. After many years of being close to an A (mixed with some D…), pregnancy really did something for me. I feel like it changed my mindset on a lot of things, especially my body. I grew to love my body more and more because it brought me little Spikey. I wanted to keep it healthy and strong to take care of it rather than change it.
Throw Back Tuesday to Brooke when she was Spikey:
Life situations and a change in the people that are in my life over the last few years has also helped me to move towards B and loving my body rather than wanting to change it.
I’m just interested to see where others are at with this and what has helped them to love their bodies more.
This post is kind of all over the place. Topic #2:
I have been emailing back and forth with a girl named Megan about pacing races. This is something I have always wanted to do but I have been too nervous about it—> I just don’t want to mess up anyone’s race! She sent me over her list of best things about pacing and I think she has me convinced that I need to try it!
Sounds like a good time to me! Especially the mini-starbursts.
Who has been a pacer for a race? What are your thoughts about pacing??! Which races have you paced for?
Do you workout because you love or hate (hate is a strong word… what about—> dislike/want to change) your body?
How is the above question changed over time for you? What has helped you to shift to working out because you love your body?