1. Even though I'm a running blogger, I don't always LOVE running. Nope. Not even close! While I can wholeheartedly say that I always love the outcome of running - the runner's high, the endorphins, the sense of accomplishment, the sheer awesomeness of doing things I never thought my busted-up body would ever be able to do... I can't say that I always love the act of running itself. Even at my times of highest commitment level there are days where I just don't feel like running. Whether it be the rain, the cold, the treadmill or just because I'm feeling blah, some days are harder than others to get out there and get 'er done. As much as we'd love to have unfaltering dedication to our chosen sports, this running blogger struggles with motivation at times. What's important though, is that I can recognize that and make changes or compromises when necessary and I try not to beat myself up about it.
2. I get runner's envy. In the blogging and social media world, it's hard not to feel envious of what other amazing runners and athletes are doing at times. Especially given what I confessed in number 1 above, some days I just don't feel like I am ever doing enough. Enough training, enough stretching and foam rolling, enough self-promotion, enough cross-training, enough planking, enough races or enough healthy eating. At times it feels like I am the only one who ever struggles with that lack of motivation and everyone else seems like a super-runner in comparison. It's hard not to feel envious and kinda small-potatoes at times but I try to use these incredible people as role-models and examples of where I'd like to be someday.
3. I struggle with eating healthy. Ha! If you've read my blog with any regularly at all, you're probably already well aware of this. Like Katie, I don't follow any special eating regime - paleo, vegetarian, vegan, Whole 30, clean eating etc. and I've had a life long love of yummy treats and sadly, salty fried foods like french fries and potato chips. Yum. I like to think I eat these so-called "treats" with complete self-awareness but I do always wrestle with making better choices in the first place. That part of my life is definitely a work in progress and I have always believed in the simple idea of everything in moderation, especially when it comes to yummy indulgences.
4. Running is hard. A big part of my personal running story is how difficult it was for me to get started after being hurt so extensively in our car accident. I was already living in near-constant pain and then adding something so physically demanding as distance running didn't exactly help in the pain department. It's been 5 years now since I joined that first half marathon clinic and while may things have improved and my body has evolved into more of a runner's body, running is still hard. There are still days where my back is killing me but I know a few km won't make it any worse. There are days where I notice that certain muscle groups are woefully weak. And there are days where every step is just as hard as the very first one I took after getting hurt. Things do get easier but running has by no means become easy. I think the beauty in the accomplishment is how hard I still have to work to get there.
5. I don't use nuun. (Please don't tell them!) I like nuun. I love their flavours. I love the cool tubes and the convenience of the tablets. I love how awesome the people who work there seem and I would love to be an ambassador for such a cool brand. I want to drink nuun but I can't. I've tried it so many times and while it's awesome as a beverage, it just doesn't sit right in my tummy and that makes me very, very sad. It's totally one of those situations where I feel like all the cool kids are doing it...except for me. :(
So those are the first five confessions that pop into my head. Even though I struggle with motivation at times and can't say that I'm all that healthy in the kitchen, I really love blogging about my running journey and sharing my struggles and accomplishments with whomever is interested in reading. I started this blog as a way to stay accountable but it has grown into so much more than that for me. It has become such an important part of my journey, enhancing the whole experience for me and opening up opportunities that I had never dreamed of.
I feel very lucky to be a part if this amazing community (fries, faults and all) and look forward to sharing and following along with all the incredible, inspiring and envy-worthy runners and athletes I'm proud to call my running community.