Your heart is pounding fast, and you know you’re pushing your body harder than it wants to go. Your legs are straining, burning even, and you look down at your watch. Is it possible you’ve only been running for five minutes? Your mind is focused on one thing — how much you want to slow down and walk. Cool dawn air blows over your sweat-soaked face, and you hope this is worth it.
Some time later…
Your heart is pounding fast, and you know you’re pushing your body closer to being the best it can be. Your legs are straining, burning even, but you embrace the hurt as you climb another hill. Is it possible you’ve already been running for half hour? Your mind is focused on one thing — how grateful you are to be able to take a morning run. Cool dawn air blows over your sweat-soaked face, and you know this is worth it.
Who is this girl so transformed by the run? Is she you? Is she me?
Running is hard. No matter how long you’ve been doing it, you’ll have days where you feel slow and tired and you downright hurt. The beauty is found over time. You will get stronger and faster if you keep putting in miles.
Whether it’s running, biking, swimming, or any type of individual sport, it offers this payback. You will get out of it what you put into it. It may be a long, winding journey with multiple roadblocks, but any step forward is a step in the right direction.
It doesn’t matter what level you’re at or how long it’s been since you have even thought about working out. TODAY is a great day to set a goal and take a small step toward achieving it. Start with five minutes or twenty. The number isn’t important; it’s all about believing.
Spring has seemingly come early to Minnesota, and the black fields and bright sun have farmers across the state thinking about planting.
I’m thinking about it too, but as a runner I’m also embracing springtime running. My routes are free of ice and snow, and I’m pulling out capris and short sleeves again. My water bottles will no longer freeze when I carry them with or stash them in my mailbox!
Whether you consistently exercise right now or not, this early spring is a great reason to get out and walk, run, or explore in the changing season.
To help you do that, I’m happy to announce a spring giveaway! First, a big thank you to my friends at Team Chocolate Milk
As a dairy farmer I especially love that they all believe in refueling with the quality protein and nutrients found in chocolate milk! The team provided items for me to share, and I also threw in a few goodies of my own.
What can you win?
I’m giving away one prize pack each to TWO lucky winners to help jump-start your spring training. Each winner will receive:
-Team Chocolate Milk headsweats wicking hat
-Team Chocolate Milk orange hair ties
-Team Chocolate Milk shoelaces
I’m adding in my favorite chocolate peanut butter gu (because it’s hard to send actual chocolate milk in the mail), and one of the winners will also get a Brooks technical running tee. The shirt is size small, so tell me in the comments if you’re interested in winning the shirt in your prize.
How do you enter?
Entry 1) Leave a comment on this post telling me how you recover and refuel after a workout. Don’t forget to include if you’d like to win the shirt.
Entry 2) Tweet a link to the giveaway. Either tag me (@DairyCowGal) in the tweet or leave a comment so I know you’ve got a second entry. You can also tag @Chocolate_Milk.
I’ll leave the giveaway open through March 18 and announce the winners by the end of that week. I wish you all the very best in your spring activities, wherever they may take you.