I don’t know about you, but the first thing I do when I want to learn more about something, is reach for…
Exercise is not an exception. I know all about exercise for young people, I used to be one and could run all day with the best of them. Now, however, I need to learn about exercise as an adult. As a *gasp* middle age adult. So, I know I need help. But where do I go? There are SO MANY BOOKS about exercise out there! Yoga, Pilates, running, walking, jumping jacks, squats…the list goes on goes on goes on. So, I had to sit down and think about my body, my determination, my willpower, and my limitations. My body isn’t going anywhere unless I make it and, some days, I have no determination or willpower. And Lord, don’t even get me started on the limitations. I have a few. Mostly all in my mind, but still, those are limitations as well.
Where did I go? Not to how to books, that’s for sure. They always seem so advanced and over my head. Same with YouTube videos. I am out. of. shape. y’all. It took me more than a couple of weeks to make the 1.65 mile hike on my local trail without stopping. Shoot, without stopping more than once. Most days I have to wear a knee brace. Most days I wish I had a brace on both of them. I don’t want to go out and have to literally force myself to go some days. I don’t always make it out the door.
No, I don’t need how to. I know how to walk. I actually know how to run. (High school track team FTW!) I need inspiration.
So, the books I have been reaching for are memoirs. And y’all, I started off with a kicker. Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley. From the description:
Running Like a Girl tells the story of how Alexandra gets beyond the brutal part, makes running a part of her life, and reaps the rewards: not just the obvious things, like weight loss, health, and glowing skin, but self-confidence and immeasurable daily pleasure, along with a new closeness to her father—a marathon runner—and her brother, with whom she ultimately runs her first marathon.
“Gets beyond the brutal part….” Yeah. That’s where I need help. That brutal part is a bitch.
For any woman who has ever run, wanted to run, tried to run, or failed to run (even if just around the block), Heminsley’s funny, warm, and motivational personal journey from nonathlete extraordinaire to someone who has completed five marathons is inspiring, entertaining, practical, and fun.
Yep. I read this one. And I LOVED IT. Heminsley fired me up, got me out of the house, and got me going. Her writing is wry, insightful, and pretty darn hilarious at times. She gives great advice too. If you want a book about someone learning to run, this is it.
Yet, I finished this book over a month ago. My gumption is waining. What’s a girl to do? Seek out more inspiration, of course! I have two more books waiting in the wings; Honey, Do You Need a Ride?: Confessions of a Fat Runner by Jennifer Graham, which may win for best title, and Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated by Dana L. Ayers, which I hope will also fit the bill. I can’t wait to get started and get some motivation!
What do you do when you need motivation?