Strength comes from a lot of places. You can have a strong heart. You can be mentally tough. You can even be strong enough to push weights around a gym. While I’ve always been pretty head strong my entire life which translates well to mental toughness. I’ve never been more “strong” than the average person.
Strength comes from being tested and standing up to the challenge. When my oldest son was born with ectodermal dysplasia (June is awareness month, check it) my heart and head were tested. It forced me in a hurry to get stronger at handling whatever the doctors threw at us. A lot of the news was taken with a heavy heart but it made all of us stronger. I think I’ve got the strong heart down!
Getting mentally tough is still a process for me. I’m stubborn but mental tough is another thing entirely. The saying your head will give up long before your legs is TRUE! Pushing through the pain is part of the battle when it comes to running! PR-ing my half marathon earlier this spring was proof for me that the miles I had been clocking were working. The days I thought I’ll do it tomorrow were replaced with I WILL do it today and run again tomorrow. It took many years for me to get the strength to push through when I wanted to quit.I credit some of this to the strength I gained from my oldest son.
Getting faster was a big confidence boost for me. Who knew that running less would actually make me faster? Concentrating on speed drills, hill sprints and various tabata style workouts were getting me the running results that I wanted. I was strengthening my entire body by giving it the other pieces it needed to get speedy! I’m still conquering these goals and challenges and feeling faster and more beautiful everyday.
I talked about why I love running here and the bond it has help me form with my oldest son. And even though I don’t have daughter to share the #whatsbeautiful campaign with, I think it’s just as important to tell boys they are beautiful too. My son has been through more in the past 6 years of his life than I have in my 31 years on the planet. Beauty truly comes from what makes us different and the strength we have in displaying it.
I’m not the most fit person on the planet…I’m working at it. And while it’s hard, and it’s tough, I keep a smile on my face through it. If it were easy everyone would do it! Having to give that little extra is what makes it fun. One year ago I would not have been able to hold a side plank today, I’m strong enough to get my photo taken while completing it. Small and steady steps lead to big changes!
What’s Beautiful? Being stronger than yesterday all with a SMILE on my face!!
Question of the Day: What is the one thing you thought you couldn’t do then DID IT ANYWAY?