Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What I Learned About Hurts, Hang ups, Habits, and Healthy Hair While Running

Once upon a time, circa 2000, I would avoid strenuous activity like the plague. Not only did I believe that I could sweat out a "perm" but so did all of my friends. Puffy roots were signs of defeat. We'd halt gym time if anyone dropped a bead of sweat and ditch the club early if it got to crowded and/or hot. It was a very serious matter! I'm not ashamed to admit it. Fast forward to the present--now I'm all about the sweat life. Now I adore running---not for its obvious cardiovascular benefits but for what its taught me about hurts, hang ups, (bad) habits, and claro que si, my hair.  



Running through the Rain into Rainbows| AIDS Run 2013 | My furry running partner |
Sunrise Run | Me and my superhero hubby | AIDS Run 2012
Hurts- There's a purpose for the pain; It may not be good to you but it's good for you: Running is fun---never have I ever said. Running is painful. Running is hard. Running is exhausting. But crossing the finish line--well that's... Amazing. Exhilarating. Accomplishing. The reward is always worth the pain. Not everything that we do---in the name of being the best that we can be--is supposed to be easy. Yet the pain is always worth the reward.   

Habits: Watching the clock is wastes time- I use RunDouble (yep its free!) to track my 5k time and distance. Its a pretty cool app that tells me when to start running, when I'm half way, and when to slow down to an easy pace. All of the time between, its silent. Sometimes too silent. I don't have good days every time that I run. And on those not so good days, I find myself habitually pulling my phone out to check my progress. Every time that I do, my stride suffers--my focus shifts---my overall pace slows. When life gets hard---how easy is it to want to countdown the hours, minutes, and seconds until its all over? But every time that you do---you're wasting time and giving discouragement a welcome home because it feels as if nothing's changed. 

Hang ups: Being thankful for success and setbacks- Setbacks suck. I try to avoid them like the plague. Yet one always has a way of creeping in where I least expect it. The good news: ain't it funny how setbacks often mold us more willingly than success can? Learning to have an attitude of gratitude, no matter what the circumstance will change the way that you view those pesky buggers. Setbacks are always set ups for success---ONLY when you make the choice to learn from them. 

Healthy Hair: My journey isn't the same as your journey- My superhero hubby agreed to help me train for my 5k. He's super athletic. He plays basketball, football, and softball. But there was one little problem. He hates running. With a passion. While I ran 3-4 times a week, working on my endurance, perfecting my stride, and focusing on my breathing---he was playing pick up games with his boys. Yet every time that he joined me---he flew right by me. I really wanted to complain, give up, and get nasty. But I remembered (and therefore painfully bit my tongue) that timing is everything. What I needed do was stay on my course. In due time, I'll be faster. In due time, I'll be better. In due time, I'll be stronger. My time just wasn't that day. How many of us have seen chicas who started their hhj around the same time that we did with pixie cuts who have MBL+ hair today? Yes its frustrating. Yes we want to find something wrong with her and her hair to validate our own insecurities (y'all know what I'm talking about---HATE is running rampant on blogs, forums, and YouTube) but at the end of the day, your hair isn't her hair. For one person, MBL takes one year. For others it might take 5+ years. Yet being faithful to your own journey is ever important. You will get there one day when you stay the course and that day will be great. Get your confetti ready chica!

Besitos!
KLP

20 comments:

  1. This was such an encouraging post! You were so spot on in all that you had to say. Continue be the positive force that you are!

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    1. Just trying to live in a minimally hate free zone chica! Thanks for stopping by your comments are encouraging!

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  2. I love this post KLP! So encouraging and motivitating! I am the same way, I often parallel my work-out routine to life itself, and I learn and grow so much from it.

    Abbi of http://belowthawaist.blogspot.jp/

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    1. My hubby calls me the queen of analogies! I'm so happy that I'm not the only one taking the Spin teacher's instructions literally. "Push through the pain. Dig deep. Focus on the road. Head up." Ha-ha!

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  3. This is too true. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  4. I love this post! You have a way with words you know. Am just now learning how much exercise/fitness contributes to my everyday life...being in a good mood, feeling energetic throughout the day... Those 40 minutes I spare to workout are really paying off.

    ~Joyce

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    1. Aww---Thanks Joyce! It's much easier to speak the truth than to make up a lie!

      As women---we are constantly devoting time to others---kids, work, family, friends, significant others---why not devote some time specifically to yourself? Keep at it chica!

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  5. hei babe, I have just found your blog, how cute!!!

    Baci, Ylenia di Longuette

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  6. Wow...this post was awesome and encouraging! Everyday on any journey is definitely not easy, but boy is it worth it in the end!

    -Courtnea @ Finally Growing!

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    1. Amen Courtnea! Y'all don't know how serious I am about my confetti! Its pink with sparkles---your girl is READY! Ha-ha!

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  7. I needed to read this, thank you for sharing!

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    1. Woot for on time posts! Thanks for stopping by Vett!

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    1. Yippee! I can't wait to run in a mud run. Seems much cooler---and dirtier---than running in a 5k. Ha-ha!

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  9. I love this post and you are definitely right we need to just be content with our own pursuits knowing we will get there in God's appointed time.

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    1. AMEN! Timing is everything! I think that things take longer than we'd like---doubt starts creeping in. We start to think that "not right now" means "not ever." But when you have faith---stay the course and IT will happen!

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  10. great post! I too used to hate running, but now I'm training for my 1st half marathon and have found I really love it! xo

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