Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Why I Love Running Challenge Groups
It started off slowly. Actually, I started off "anti". I was totally into my own routines and saw no purpose in including others. In fact, it's weird because I am definitely NOT a person who has ever needed anyone to workout with. I'll even go to the extent of saying I hated working out with other people. I was self motivated enough to commit to my own goals and introverted enough to enjoy the workout silence. It was my thing, for myself, by myself, and I didn't really want to share that part of my life with anybody. I enjoyed my solitary therapy. And so I've said "no" to basically every fitness group that has crossed my path.
Fast forward a few years. As a mom, I can't say I am getting out much. The social aspect of my life has done a complete 180, and my kids are honestly the most socialization that I have. I love the mom life to death, but it's definitely caused me to go about "socializing" in a whole new way. Thank you Jesus for Facebook, Instagram, and everything else that some people tend to avoid for whatever reason because they are "fake" or "distracting" or whatever negativeness you want to assign to social media. For me, the positives outweigh the negatives. Hands down.
This brings me to challenge groups. To how they have allowed me to connect with soooo many amazing women who I definitely never would have connected with before. Challenge groups give me a reason to reach out to people I wouldn't have otherwise. People that I have only admired from afar and thought to myself, we could totally be friends. But of course I never really spoke with them for fear of seeming "weird" or "awkward".
Running challenge groups has given me balls. It's given me confidence. It's given me a social circle of amazing people, without bars or alcohol involved, who inspire me in the best way. Of course, it also keeps me accountable as far as health and fitness are concerned, and I know that is really the primary purpose of them. But truly there is a different, underlying reason why I continue to hold them and reach out to those around me. And it honestly has nothing to do with me. It's because I love the camaraderie and friendship that the challenge groups spark. I love sharing my struggles with people who truly relate and helping one another to become the best version of ourselves. Because although I am definitely in the business of helping people to reach fitness goals, it really is so much more than that. It's about connecting a lifestyle that fulfills us, fulfills our family, and helps us to achieve each and every one of our personal goals.
So are you ready to join the next group? Reach out to be added!