If you didn’t notice (and how could you not :<) this year’s blog posts have all been about running! I guess it came as a sort of secondary New Year’s resolution for me with my main one being losing weight! All of a sudden my priorities shifted and instead of losing weight being my goal, it morphed into a hybrid of running at least one 10k race a month and shedding the pounds. Actually, losing weight became a sort of prize along with the finisher medals (That’s right, Simon Sinek!) I decided onraces instead of regular 10k runs because waking up for them is one of the hardest parts! I didn’t want to mention this before for fear that I might not be able to hold up my end of the bargain early on.
Early stages of going to the gym were tough. It’s intimidating especially being surrounded by people who know what they’re doing. If you do an exercise wrong, it could also come back to hurt you. But I had to do it cause that fat ain’t gonna go shoo itself away. Necessary evils (or goods I guess lol) are necessary for a reason.
However, the exercise I now look forward to the most is running outside. It gave me some sense of freedom even though it was on a smelly road full of puddles and potholes. The morning breeze has a distinctly different feeling that no air conditioning unit could ever replicate. People watching became fun and there was a sort of sense of solidarity through the grit and muscle aches. It was at times the most calming moments I’ve had.
I won’t lie, I gained close to 40lbs through college and beyond so I just felt really gross about myself. My mom even thought I had a thyroid problem just because I was getting bigger, always tired, and thought every kind of weather was hot. After a series of tests (anything involving a needle is the worst!!) everything was deemed normal. I was just chubs, tired, and sweaty all the damn time. #MiccaMatakaw
Progress is a process because why stop at a certain point when you can just keep going? I didn’t think I’d be able to do a half marathon in 4 months but here we are. Painful but completely possible. I just signed up for my first trail run and although it’s a short distance, I’m super excited to try something new. After reading Dean Karnazes’ Ultramarathon Man, I am pumped and ready to go!
“Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life – and for me, for writing as a whole.” -Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
See you on the road and trails!