Sunday Runday: Tight End

Working on my Tight End

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In the spirit of the Super Bowl, I thought I would share my own story about working on
my tight end!

I’ve always had a passion for fitness and all things “healthy.” I love trying new classes
and keeping my exercise routines spicy. Despite my passion, I do not enjoy running and
I never have! I’ve never felt that runner’s high that runners talk about, and I certainly
never imagined running a race. In fact, I was usually the one in gym class who took the
longest to run a mile during fitness tests.

I had always been envious of friends who ran races or marathons. They always told
me how amazing it was to work towards something for so long and that the rush of
crossing the finish line was awesome, but I wasn’t convinced I could do it. How could I
hate running but run a race and actually finish? Training seemed hard and it would take
some work.

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I decided it was time to stop making excuses, put one foot in front of the other, and run!
In December of 2012 the FITgals and I signed up for the Cherry Blossom 10miler (go
big or go home, right?!) and started training in January. I had never run more than 3
miles. Ever. This would be interesting.

I am excited and proud to say that on Monday, I ran a whole 6 miles! It took me about
an hour and 15 minutes but I did it! I will admit that it wasn’t easy or fun while I was
running, but that feeling of accomplishment when it was over has been the motivation to
do it again and again. I have 2 more months to train for the 10 miler and I actually can’t
wait! Does this make me a runner? I’m not sure about that quite yet, but I do know that I
faced my fear and have been scoring big ever since.

The benefits have been great! I’ve been sore in places I didn’t know was possible, my
legs are stronger, my abs are tighter and my end is tight!

This is a touchdown I actually care about. I encourage you to face your fears, put one
foot in front of the other, and give something new a try!

Happy running! 🙂

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