Workout: Day 20
So, how does being three-quarters of the way through July feel? Congratulations! For a little motivation, from someone who knows what it’s like to start off with fitness, I want to share a little story:
I don’t think I’ve ever had a so-called “runner’s high.” In fact, I wrote about it here. Still, I like to push myself, and even though I’ve been doing it for almost 19 years it hurts every time. I don’t know exactly what kind of physiological mechanisms are in place that keep me doing this again and again, and I certainly don’t feel addicted to pain, but it does become more tolerable.
Eventually running just becomes something you no longer see as a big deal. One thing I really do like is the feeling of accomplishment, the feeling that I’ve done something good for my body. My wife is a hardcore exerciser as well and at the end of the day we’ll often collapse into bed and moan about muscle stiffness laughing because we wouldn’t want it any other way. The thing is, stiff muscles are often the price you pay for removing much more debilitating pain. My low back and shoulders are in far better condition now than when I was in my 20s.
So moving forward, look at the pain you feel as something that you’ll get used to and not really mind. Be proud of your sore muscles you’re fine-tuning the awesome machine that is your body. Nothing worth having comes easy.