With every new year that approaches, I am no stranger to making a long list of resolutions that almost always fall off the wayside. My closest friends know this about me and it’s often a bit of a joke with “What’s on your scroll of new years resolutions this year, Shai?” Some of these resolutions typically include:
- Eat smarter
- Be a nicer human
- Drink less wine
- Have more patience…and so on
This year, while I still had the urge to write down a few resolutions (and I did), I wanted to set a goal for myself that was actionable, measurable and physically challenging.
While I do enjoy exercising, the truth is, I tend stay in my comfort zone with my workouts which typically include dance-cardio, hot yoga, pilates and barre. I’ve dabbled in running classes before but even then, have stuck to a pace that hasn’t allowed me to progress or get better.
It wasn’t until watching the NYC Marathon a few months back, when I witnessed runners of all ages take on one of the most exciting races in the world, that I felt a deep sense of motivation. In fact, I was overcome with so much emotion, I was sobbing behind my oversized sunnies as I high-fived total strangers running by. There’s something about this race that leaves you feeling proud to be a New Yorker and makes you feel like you can do anything. That evening, I decided… I was going to do this. I was going to push myself beyond my cookie cutter limits and attempt something I never considered doing before. Before the stroke of midnight (lol, JK JK 9PM) I signed up for the NYC Half and was SO excited to train.
After a few weeks, I found out the results of the draw and as it turns out, I was rejected. I contemplated throwing in the towel and saying ‘I tried’ but if you know me, you know I never take no for an answer and immediately signed up for the Brooklyn Half in March.
Don’t get me wrong, I know I have a long journey of tough, COLD and physically demanding training ahead of me. With the support of my expert running friends (hi Amanda!), running coaches and family, I know I will get through it. I look forward to seeing just how far my body will go and training my mind to mentally push forward in times where I’d rather be snuggling on the couch because it’s freakin’ January and winter is a B***$!
The point of this post is to tell you that if you want something for yourself – may it be running a half-marathon, drinking less wine or spending less time on social media – make it happen. I’ve learned this doesn’t change me as a person, because I will always choose to eat cookies for breakfast and binge watch The Real Housewives, but I know I have a goal that I am tracking towards. Enjoy the journey and don’t forget to look back on everything that you’ve already accomplished.
P.S. – Special thanks to my new friend Mansi (@makeupbymansi) for motivating me to revive my blog. This one’s for you!Continue Reading