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Creating for 100 Days: DAY 3

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Today has been….a day, but there is actually something that I wanted to share.

This morning, I had ran a whole mile in right under 14 minutes (13 minutes and 45 seconds to be exact). Now, to some, this might seem like an insignificant thing. To me, I just started running last week and being able to run is a big deal. My endurance has always been crap, so to be able to keep a steady pace for most of my mile, and then finish it in under 20 minutes…..yeah I am hype!

Running a mile in that time isn’t even what I really wanted to share. It was what happened while I was running that mile. Last week, when I was running with my sister, I didn’t struggle a great deal, but it was far from easy for me to run. I stopped frequently. Today, I only slowed down once. For some reason, while I was running, I was really in control of my breath. Like, I’m doing 5.0 on a treadmill and my breaths are even. That was the first thing that I realized. Then I started to notice the rest of my body. I could feel the evenness in my stride. I could feel the motion of my feet against the treadmill. I would notice when I wasn’t fully swinging my arms from shoulder to hip. I was so aware it seemed a bit bizarre to me.

I don’t remember the last time I had that amount of awareness in my body. It was strange, but at the same time, that feeling was totally amazing. When I finished cooling down, I wasn’t winded, my body didn’t feel like a truck just hit it…I just continued with my workout.

In the car, on the way home, I just had this realization of what power lies in being control of your breath. I know I talk about it all the time, I know I have been meditating & practicing yoga for years, I know that breath control can ease an anxiety attack…I know all of this, but for some reason, today, it was like something unlocked within me.

It is so strange how you can do a thing and know a thing for so long and then something random you do makes you go WHOAAAA, I GET IT!

Well, I know that although I have been scared of running my whole life, this is something that I am definitely going to keep up and continue to work on. My goal is to be able to run a mile in 10 minutes. Im not that far off, but I know if I continue to work at my body, feed it good things, and keep running, I’ll reach my goal sooner than later.

Thank you for coming to my TED talk lol.

Xo