I used you. And I’m not sorry.
Hear me out. It’s not as bad as it sounds.
You see, last weekend I ran Hartford Half Marathon.
Here’s a little history of me and running: I don’t do it. I ran my first ever race 2 years ago. As in I had never run more than 2 miles in my life, no 5ks, no anything.
I wanted to try out running because so many members did races that I wanted to go through a training program and see what I could accomplish so that I could help people in the future with a bit of insight.
I decided that starting with a 5k or something like that would be boring. So I did my first road race as the 2011 Fairfield Half Marathon and finished in 1:41:50.
This time around I went through a great training regime (I’ll tell you about that another time) and really outperformed my best expectations.
But I have to tell you something…
I’m not a natural runner, my cardio capacity is pretty average and just about every mile of that race was a mental battle for me.
Back it up a bit more and every training run was a battle.
That’s another reason I’ve run a couple of these longer races now, they are really challenging for me and I love to challenge myself.
But every time I would get out there I would want to quit.
I would hit a mile long climb and know that I could stop my run, not post my results on Facebook (my own accountability system: make ALL of my runs public!) and just turn around and walk home.
But even though no one else would know about that…I would still know that I didn’t do it. That wouldn’t be staying true to myself and what I tell others to do.
I wouldn’t be able to show up at Infinity the next day and sincerely tell people to push out of their comfort zones and reach new levels of fitness. To go that one extra mile (this time literally) to achieve what they set out for.
I recently coached a group of people that all had at least 20lbs to lose. I saw them in the gym working their asses off day in and day out. I would see them grimace and run out of breath as they pushed themselves so hard each workout. I would see them smile and high five after getting their workout done for the day.
So every time I thought about quitting I thought about that group of people. They all looked up to me to lead them, but secretly I looked up to them for being brave enough to make a big change in their lives. Many of my challenge group weren’t exercising at nearly as high of a level before coming to Infinity Fitness.
So I would think of them putting themselves out there by joining my program and pushing themselves for days on end.
And I knew I couldn’t stop.
The damn owner of the gym can’t quit on a run!
I thought of the people doing our 28 day challenge who would check-in for workouts 6 days a week to drop 10, 20 even up to 32lbs on our program and I knew I couldn’t stop.
So when I ran the Hartford Half Marathon I kept looking at the faces of the people in the crowd cheering me on and I swear I saw a few gym members there.
I wasn’t delirious, I knew that no one was on random blocks of West Hartford waiting for me to run by.
But I saw them because I was looking for something familiar and supportive to keep me going.
So I used the awesome efforts of Infinity Fitness’ members to inspire me to keep going when it got tough. I knew that if I wanted to keep showing up day in and day out and honestly demand that our members push themselves to reach their goals that I HAD to do the same.
And I finished at 1:37:39, set a 4 minute PR, improved my pace by 20s per mile to 7:27, and managed to finish in the top 5% of everyone that ran the Hartford Half Marathon.
So thank you all for keeping me inspired every day and for keeping me going when things get tough. Hope you don’t mind that I used you 😉
If you’re reading this and wishing that you were part of a group of people that are this driven and motivated then stop waiting on the sidelines. Shoot me an email here and I’ll be happy to sit down with you and see how I can help you.