I’d like to talk about exercise today. You can either skip this one or keep reading, but let’s get one thing clear: this is a no judgement zone.
I was an “athlete” my entire life. I put athlete in quotes because some people consider themselves an athlete if they exercise once a month, and others consider only Olympians athletes so I don’t want you to think I’m labeling myself this kick ass athlete. I’ll stop with the disclaimers now.
(I included some random shots of us doing something fitness related to breakup all the text. You’re welcome.)
And then this thing called college happened. I stopped working out 5x per week and I drank beer. Okay well more like really cheap vodka, but you get the point.
I was a lucky freshman in that I was the world’s pickiest eater when I was 18, so I didn’t gain the freshman 15. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t healthy. No, no. I went from working out all the time and being in the best shape of my life, to practically doing no physical activity unless you count walking to class exercise. (Freshman, this doesn’t count as exercise.)
And while I “exercise” nowadays, I don’t necessarily know how I feel about it. I know you’re supposed to get 30 minutes of physical activity in per day, but it’s SO hard to go from being in the best shape ever, to struggling to feel fit again.
It’s like another thing that 20 somethings are supposed to figure out. The world throws us into real life with things like taxes, mortgages, student loans, the need to feed ourselves and on top of all that, we have to figure out a way to feel like we’re that 16-year-old on the court again.
I know what you’re thinking: “go run around the block.” Or better yet: “don’t get out of shape in the first place.” But here’s the thing: it’s not the same!
It’s just not. It’s harder when you’re older. When you’re not on a team. When you’re not playing for a championship or college scholarship.
So yesterday I broke out the running shoes that I got for my birthday. Yes, I’m well aware that my birthday was in January and that was two longs months ago. No need to leave a comment letting me know.
I know that you’re only 25 once and when I’m 80, I don’t want to regret having the ability to be in great shape and not using that ability. So I really don’t know what the whole point of this post is, other than it was a really long winter and I’m a total wimp when it comes to exercising outside in the winter and I’ve had serious cabin fever and yesterday’s run just felt GOOD. Like really good.
And we all know that I am not a runner and it’s really something I’ve never thoroughly enjoyed, but I signed up for the Color Run 5K in June with Kevin and friends, and hoping that the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Feb. 2015 is in my future.
Any other recent college grads out there struggling to feel fit, like the good ole days?
What’s the best race you’ve ever participated in?