I've met with my Weight Watchers' group outside of our meetings twice now- first to hike with them, then to complete a 5K together. The funny thing is that both times I was totally unaware as to how strenuous both of these activities would be. For the hike, I thought, "How adorable. We're going to hike together." I wasn't even daunted by the 4.5 miles that we were supposed to hike. I had, honestly, not anticipated hiking uphill for half of it; that is, 2.25 miles. It was hard. Had I known going in that it would that hard, I probably wouldn't have done it. Ha.
For the 5K, we were to meet at the aqueduct and "walk" 3.1 miles. I don't know why I heard "walk." Again, had I known that I would be jogging not walking (that it would be more strenuous than I anticipated), I probably wouldn't have gone.
But after both of these activities, I felt awesome. It felt so good to do something that I didn't think I could ever do. That my body could do something that I had never ALLOWED it to do.
I've always said, "I'm just not a runner" when the truth was (and is) I'm lazy.
Being honest with myself makes everything so much easier to tackle. Going to both of these events taught me so much about stretching myself past my perceived threshold. It's not my body that is limited. It is my mind.
I bought new workout wear so I can join those ladies again and again and as a reward for consistent activity. I am planning to run a half marathon next June with a different mindset: