I have never been a big fan of road running. My father used to do it A LOT and it has just never been something that interested me.
In an effort to lose weight and get fitter, I started going to the gym again about a year ago, and strangely, the exercise that I enjoy the most is treadmill running!
Last night I realised that all this time, I had been running away from things. I have been running away from things all my life. Running from my past. Running from my failed relationships. Running from my poor state of finances.
On Saturday evening, I watched a movie called The Founder, recommended to me by my cousin. Without giving the story away, it’s about how McDonalds started, and the story behind how it went global. I learned a few lessons from the movie, one of which is that persistence trumps everything else in order to succeed.
I have been disappointed that the last two months of regular and hard gymming, had not resulted in major weight loss, but what I have realised is that I am becoming fitter. My resting heart rate has dropped from 75 to 62. I also checked my blood pressure, and that has come down to normal levels without medication. The persistence in working out has paid off: perhaps not exactly in the ways I wanted it to, but in other ways, and probably better ways!
Last night, while achieving my 5km personal best run, I realised that I was no longer running away from things, but running towards better things. I was running towards becoming a healthier person, and I decided that I was going to start running towards the positive and good things and my future, instead of running away from the negative things and my past.
I am running towards financial freedom. I am running towards a new career (my dream one…). I am running towards being a success and I am running towards making a difference in this world!