Starting something new is hard, and sometimes scary. Exercise is no different. I offer classes 6 days a week. All of them are geared for ALL fitness levels, allowing for beginners to start slow and work their way up to the advanced levels. I have people tell me all the time that they would love to come, but they just don’t think they can keep up. I tell them that if they don’t try, they will never know if they can keep up.
Everyone is a beginner at some point. If you never take that first step, you certainly will never take a second, or third…We all have to start somewhere! We have every level in every class – modifications are shown, and everyone does what they can. EVERYONE from the very very beginner to the advanced student gets a great workout, and we all work together!
I used to watch people run, and think to myself “those people are crazy!” My mom decided to run a marathon. I thought she was crazy, and I told her so. 🙂 Then my dad started running. I told him he was crazy too. They started a little running group. I told them ALL they were crazy! They still never stopped asking me when I was going to join them. “I am not a runner… I lift weights- I can’t even run a mile!” I would say.
Then one day, I gave in, and agreed to try it. At first I could only run for 2 minutes at a time, and that was pushing it. I couldn’t breathe, and my side was hurting, but I completed 4 miles running 2 minutes, then walking 4 minutes. The whole time I was running, I felt like I was going to die. But about 20 minutes after I was done, I experienced the “runner’s high”. I was ready to try again! After a month of doing that, I was improving- running 3 minutes, walking 3 minutes. After a month of that, I bumped it up again- running 4 minutes, walking 2 minutes. So I kept training, and training, and training, and finally I completed my first half marathon – 13.1 miles!
When I crossed that finish line for the first time, I was hooked! I kept wanting to improve my time. I have now completed over 6 half marathons. I guess I can say I am a runner. 🙂 But what if I had never taken that first step?
People keep asking me when I’m going to run a full marathon, and I tell them THOSE people are crazy! 🙂
(I am currently taking a break from long distance running, sticking to 5k’s)