Introducing Guided Runs on the Run, Selfie, Repeat Podcast!
Over the last two years, my podcast became my favorite medium to tell my story. I looked forward to the next time I got to say, “Welcome to the Run, Selfie, Repeat podcast where we talk about life with a side of running” because my podcast wasn’t just an intimate way for me to tell my story, it was a way to give myself pep talks and work through the ups and downs of running for your life.
When I took off for my first run, I didn’t have any set goal in mind. I didn’t anticipate becoming a runner or crossing a finish line, I just wanted to find a way to mute the destructive loop that played on repeat in my head. Running was awful in the best possible way. It hurt so much that I didn’t have time to dissect what I wasn’t doing with my life. It gave me a way to feel when the grief I lived with after my brother died was so huge that I felt nothing at all. Running gave me a way to put one foot in front of the other at a time when I was so deep in the shame cave that I didn’t know how to get out.
I’ve never been an athletic person. Running is still something that I’m pretty terrible at. I think I work twice as hard to be half as good as some of the badass ladies I get to call my friends. But I don’t run because I’m good at it or because it comes naturally to me. I love the challenge. I love what running has taught me about life. And I really, really love how running helps me step outside of my comfort zone and take leaps of faith when I’m intimidated or afraid of failing.
I know how difficult it can be to take that first step for anyone who has an agonizing relationship with getting active. That was me. But anyone can become a runner. ANYONE. The only thing more painful than those first 8 weeks is quitting. Quitting is always an option, and it isn’t the easier one. But we’ll talk about that next week. This week, it’s all about getting to know each other.