Weekend of experiences

This has been quite the weekend of trying things for the first time. And it’s definitely been an experience, a rewarding experience.

First. I have always hated exercise. Okay, not always. I played soccer as a child and loved it.  And by played soccer, I mean I chased after a ball on a soccer field with no actual intention of touching the ball and never really was fast enough to be effective. But, that, I loved. Once I got into high school, the idea of an active lifestyle ended. And it ended quick. Now, I’m out of college and I sit at a desk for over 8 hours a day plus my commute.

I went to my first pilates class earlier this year and the instructor knew just the right things to scare me into working out. Things about how bad it is to sit for so long, how your muscles contract, shoulder pains, everything you could think of. Now I am officially one of those people who randomly stands in the middle of the day while on the phone. And I take the stairs to my floor every day, even though it means I’m winded by the time I get to my desk but it’s more movement than I used to do.

This weekend, I tried a spin class. And I am proud to say I survived it, with some minor leg pains. I am also glad to officially tell people that I do not like spin class and I will not be returning at any point in time. Hey, at least I tried it right?  It’s just not for me. The other thing I tried for the first time this weekend was more enjoyable.  I ran my first 5K this weekend.  Jingle Bell Run is a national run that raises money for arthritis. And, we ran for Every Mother Counts which is a non-profit that works to promote maternal health around the world. This is an organization that supports some of the most important people in the world, our mothers.

After running this weekend, I feel inspired. Not just because I managed to complete the 5K, but because I saw so many people running for things they believe in.  And there were thousands of people running this 5K which just gives me inspiration about the goodness of people and reminds me that even though there’s all these people, we still have so much work to do.

Now, while I sit and try to recover from the excessive exercise; I need to decide what my next move is to support these charities that do great things.  I’ll keep you posted.

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