The Heart of the Matter
MOST OF THE CHANGES that a more active lifestyle brings
are invisible. Sure, in time you may find that your clothes fit a little
differently. If you are new to running, you may find that a distance that
once seemed impossible now seems easy. If you are more experienced, you
may find that your long runs and speed work are yielding tangible results.
But these changes are not the ones that are the most
important. The changes that matter most are the ones going on inside,
where you cant see them. I'm not talking about the subtle increases
in the strength of your heart or lungs or legs. I'm talking about the
very real changes in the strength of your resolve and your spirit.
Each day that you invest in yourself, you are becoming
more of what you want to be. By giving yourself permission to dream of
new PRs or completing a 5K, you are making sure that there is hope in
your life. Instead of looking backwards to the good old days, you are
assuring yourself that the best is yet to come.
At the heart of the matter, the real changes are in how
you think about yourself. By discovering your limitations and then overcoming
them, you can learn to be your own hero. And that, for most of us, is
the biggest change of all.