Last month we had a 5k walk/run at the office park I work in. Several colleagues encouraged me to try the 5K. I had never run in my life. They said “no problem, you work out, and if you need to, just walk it.” So I tried – a mixture of running and walking. My goal: finish. I did! And since I’ve run several times a week and just completed my second 5k last weekend. Why? I’m amazed at how much more flexible and energized I have become. Even though I swam, biked and worked out at the gym, running evidently is very different. And what’s also interesting is I’ve asked other runners for ideas and suggestions (what to eat, how to stretch, etc.) and they’ve all been happy to help. Lessons? 1) We can do more than we think, just try. 2) If you’re open and ask for help, people are eager to give you advice. 3) Changing habits, even exercise patterns, is another way to continue to grow. Questions for you: what have you started or done differently lately? What is keeping you from changing? What are the additional benefits you see in trying something new?
We’ll see what happens over the winter, but I’m very pleased with what I’ve started. How about you?