rekindled love.


Dinah: making silly outfit choices since 1993. (But I still like this photo so hehe.)

Last Tuesday afternoon, in a fit of anger and frustration, I somehow found myself sprinting down the road nearby my house. And not delicately jogging, either; angry, loud thumping footsteps and the wind in my face so much it was drawing out tears. It was the best.

I hadn't been running since the Mothers Day Classic race back in May when I disappointed myself with my time (although in hindsight, it wasn't that bad) and sobbed my little heart out before quitting. I stopped because I lost confidence in myself and thought it would be better to not try than to try and fail. Spoiler alert: it's not. For me, running is fantastic. I'm not the fastest or the best but I do really freakin' enjoy it.

Of course, after months of being a lazy ass and then suddenly running a 5k, my body didn't really like it. Two days later and my muscles still hate me. Whoops? But at least I didn't do it halfway. And the muscle pain? Best thing ever. My time for the 5k was surprisingly better than i thought it would be, considering how I was so out of practice. There's nothing more satisfying than waking up to muscle aches. It's basically your body saying "you go girl!"

It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop. - Wisdom of Confucius

My love for running was quite surprising as I used to hate any and all kinds of exercise. In my short little life I have tried many sports and eventually quit every single one of them: netball, gymnastics, Oz Tag, tennis, etc. But for the past year or two I have been completely in love with two sports: running and pilates.

Some days when I'm really stressed or angry I'll go for a run and sprint all the frustration out. It's ridiculously effective. And afterwards there's runners' high, brought on by endorphins and the fact that you broke your PB. Treadmills just don't cut it. I need the wind across my cheeks and the pavement under my feet and the sights to see. I love discovering new places in my neighbourhood. In fact, on Tuesday, I ran until I noticed the sky was black above me and the rain was about to drop and only then did I start to wonder where I was. As it turns out, pretty far away from home. And then I had to beat the rain to my house. Fun times! I live in an area with lots of steep hills, and that can often be a pain in the ass (literally!). But hill sprints, although painful, are so damn addictive. I love the burn. Especially the morning after. ;)

For me running is magical because it takes the need to be skinny out of my head and replaces it with a need to be strong and fast. Fitspo, not thinspo. Remember that one.


Tips for new runners:

  • Just run. Don't worry about what anyone thinks about you because I swear nobody cares what you look like or how fast you're going. And if you're embarrassed, run faster! Run so fast that you're a blur and nobody can see you. Hehe, that's what I tell myself to do when I'm nervous about other people.
  • Get yourself some decent shoes. Tip: Nike free runs, although freaking beautiful, are terrible for your feet. I bought myself a pair before I knew about that. I know they're gorgeous and colourful and make you feel cute and sporty but if you've ever had to live with foot pain or shin splints, you'd know not to risk it. You really need the ugly, supportive shoes. The uglier, the better. Hahahaha, I'm kidding. But that's often the case.
  • Ladies, you're going to need a sports bra. Again, not the cute and colourful cropped tank top kind (because seriously, who are you kidding) but the kind that's a pain to get on and off and actually holds things down. They're not flattering, I know, but there's few things worse than having boobs flying in your face when you're trying to beat your time. And sure, if you want to, throw a cute and colourful one over the top. ;)
  • If you're having trouble, give Couch to 5K a try. I haven't tried it myself but a good friend of mine has and loves it.
  • Music. Maybe this isn't the case for everybody, but I need music. I'm terrible without it.
  • If you want a good app for your smartphone, try the Nike+ Running app. It's great. There are goals and friends and records to break and music and "powersongs". It really is the package deal. The one teeny tiny thing I dislike about the Nike app is the fact that it chews my battery like it hasn't been fed in a month. Which, you know, sucks, but it might not be the case for everyone. Still, if it is an issue for you, try Endomondo, which I have personally used and loved. I only switched to Nike when my friends started using it.
  • You will improve. Chances are you're going to suck at first but hang in there and you'll be able to go far and fast in no time.
  • And one of the most important: If you still look good when you're done, you haven't done it right.

No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch.

Oh yeah, and one last thing: don't run in converse. I've tried and failed. It hurts more than Nike frees. This post's photo is just because I'm lying in bed and don't have anything more relevant. ;) Do you run?

ALSO: I am slowly working on crossing things off my To-Do List as well as adding more. "Start running again" was one of the items on the list. See the full list here.



4 comments:

  1. Dearest Dinah, I've been following your blog for a while but I've only gathered the courage to tell you now that I love it a lot! And this post especially has inspired me :) I used to love running a lot but put it off for a long time so I absolutely understand what you mean. Also, while I'm at it, I truly love the simplicity of your blog! (Did you code it yourself?) Anyway, just wanted to let you know that. Keep writing, taking photographs, posting. Go, go Dinah! ^^

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  2. Hey Elle! Thanks so much! <3
    Yes I did, and it was a pain in the ass, hahaha.
    Thank you! I'm definitely going to keep going!

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  3. These tips are so helpful!
    It makes me want to exercise more! =)

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  4. yes yes yes do it! :) ALL OF THE RUNNING

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