Happy Friday everyone! I am very excited to post today because, yesterday, I got a postpartum 5K PR. I ran it in 25 minutes, YAY! I know this isn’t fast for many of you. It’s not even fast for a lot of ladies who are also 9 months postpartum, but I had given up being speedy a long time ago. Actually, I have been anti-fast running since I went to college.
In high school, I had the talent but not the motivation. I simply wanted to be good for the wrong reasons. I wanted to win for other people. I wanted others to think I was good. Now, I don’t care if I’m fast or not. The goal to be faster does not necessarily make me happy; it’s the journey to that goal that brings me joy. I have come to love putting in the hard work and seeing what comes from it. The struggle is what makes me happy. It makes me feel strong, and that strength gives me confidence.
This PR is special because of where I started. As anyone who’s had a baby knows, giving your body over to your child for 9 months as they grow and to continue to nourish a newborn for months while dealing with all the changes and stress put on your body is hard work. And in the end, you have a completely new body from the one you started with. Proving to myself that I can still work hard and see results gives me strength.
I am excited to see what this new body can do, so I’m going to continue to work and challenge myself. Earlier this month I signed up for a four Road Race Series and the St. Jude Marathon (this will be my third). So lots, of challenges already in the books. Can’t wait!
What gives you strength and confidence?