It’s amazing how powerful a community of mothers can be 😀 Since joining a bootcamp run by a mom for moms, I feel so energized and empowered and also… very sore of course.
In other words, the physical pain is actually not only a gain for my health, fitness level, and race preparation, but also an emotional, inspiring, and bonding gain. Realizing that there are people in the same boat as you, who are busy but doing their best to exercise, skipping a work out because they are too sore but still pushing themselves in the next one, having days full of decision making (kids’ meals, family budget, vacations, schools, work, etc…) but still making time for themselves (even if it’s less than an hour sometimes) is very inspiring.
And it doesn’t matter how much weight you can lift, or how fast you can run, or how long you can hold a plank… all that matters is that you are there and making an effort. You are there together. You are there not judging the others. Not feeling judged. You are you. Because everyone realizes that the only way to flourish physically is if your mind is in the right space and state. If you are not distracted with petty little thoughts and intentions, you are truly free. Free to do whatever you want. Maybe next week you WILL run faster and you will feel better about yourself. But you will not be compared to someone else’s speed. You will be compared to your own from last week. And then you see you are getting better. On your own. Because you want to. And because you can.
So there wasn’t too much running for me this week because I attended this bootcamp every other day. And in between sessions I was actually too sore to walk, let alone run. 😀 I am not complaining. I need this type of workout for my race. So it’s another step towards my goal. Plus running can sometimes be a bit lonely (although I like running by myself) and joining a group adds a social element to my training. Making new friends is always a huge advantage.
Happy International Women’s Day, ladies! 🙂
Stay strong and support each other. I read this somewhere and I think it’s very true: “Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20.” 🙂