This is a guest blog post written by Page Kagafas. This is part of a series of posts from women of all walks of life, sharing tips and their passion with other women.
Sports and physical activity has always been a part of my life. I was a high school athlete, and it wasn’t until a few years into college when I really started getting back into fitness, as I was learning how to take care of myself.
One of my best friends ran a half marathon, and although I enjoyed running, I never thought about running a marathon myself. Watching her train and run the half that day inspired me, and I ended up running 4 half marathons myself that year.
I find that my passion and drive for running, or anything fitness-related, always comes from a shared community. Finding other people who care about the same things you do, and surrounding yourself with those people as much as possible, can make a world of difference in your life.
Find inspiration in the places around you: the gym, group fitness classes, running clubs in your city, coffee shops, yoga studios, bike shops, parks…anywhere you feel the most yourself, or the most ALIVE.
In the book You Are a Badass, author Jen Sincere talks about envisioning yourself as the person you want to be and then surrounding yourself with the people doing what you want to do. Read what they read, go where they go, watch what they watch, see what they do with their free time. This is not the same thing as “trying to be like everybody else.”
You will still be YOU, you’ll just be happier and more empowered to be the BEST you, by finding a community of like-minded people.
Now here’s part two to this advice: don’t be intimidated by others who are way ahead of the game.
You can’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20.
When it comes to running, just putting one foot in front of the other (literally) is all you need to do to get started. Don’t worry about your pace, or the distance, or the fact that you have to walk more often than you’d like. Just get GOING. Eventually, you’ll go for a run on a day when you’re feeling really good, and you won’t have to walk once, and you won’t even realize it until you’re done. Then you’ll run a little further. Then maybe next time, a little faster.
I ran all of my half marathons for FUN, and nothing else. I didn’t run to finish for a certain time, I just ran them because I like to challenge myself to new things, and there is such a cool sense of community in running “races.”
Whether it’s a full, a half, or a 5k, everyone there is running it together, and that alone makes the running worth it. Think of something you have always wanted to do, and go find other people who have done it, or want to do it, too. You can still do things for yourself, but I bet you’ll have an easier and more enjoyable time if you offer and receive support along the way.
More About Page Kagafas
I am currently a Senior Nutrition and Weight Loss Coach for the company WeightNot. I get to help thousands of people work towards better health through getting them to healthier weights! I also am a group fitness instructor for LA Fitness, and compete in bodybuilding competitions.
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