I am truly fortunate to work for a company that is so active in the community. They recently began partnering with SRLA (website here http://www.srla.org/. Here’s an excerpt from their Mission page:
The mission of Students Run LA is to challenge at-risk secondary students to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health by providing them with a truly life-changing experience: The training for and completion of the ASICS LA Marathon.
So in an effort to raise money, they are hosting a Treadmill Challenge this week. The idea is to keep the treadmill going all day for 5 days. Employees can sign up for a half hour slot (or more!) or even share that slot with other colleagues.
I am not a huge fan of running, especially running on a treadmill. BUT as I promised myself after getting over my injury, I would never complain about running again. Plus my friend Marlene is an amazing coach as part of SRLA so I had extra incentive to help out.
I signed up for a slot on Monday and figured it would be more fun if I had people to share it with (ok fine I was partially trying to avoid running a full 30 minutes on that machine). Anyways, the timing was perfect to recruit my friend and colleague, Shiveta. She recently reached out to me to have me be her “coach” of sorts to help her get back on track fitness wise. (Just for the record, this is one cute mama who just wants exercise back in her life). She is always checking out my posts and pictures on Facebook and it has helped fuel her inspiration for being even healthier than she already is. (Side note, sharing is caring! I post pictures a lot, admittedly maybe to the point of being annoying, for a few reasons: 1) I work damn hard for every accomplishment and yes it’s a slight bragging thing. 2) Believe it or not, I have been told by friends it inspires them, and 3) My 80 year uncle is probably my biggest Instagram fan and I cannot deprive him of posts).
As it got closer to the day we had our allotted slot, Shiveta was getting more and more pumped for it. She had her gym bag packed and ready to go. We did some stretching before and then made our way to the treadmill which was situated outside on campus for anyone walking by to promote this great fundraiser. She got on first and I reminder her she could do as much or as little as she wanted. She did her full 15 minutes of course at a nice steady jog. I am so proud of her for this! Seems like no big deal? I say otherwise.
How many times do you hear people say “I really want to get back into shape but I just can’t seem to do it.” Or “I want to but I don’t have time.” Or “I am just too fat right now to go to the gym. I’ll work out on my own first and then I will join.” How many of those people actually push themselves to work out? I don’t really know stats on it but based on people I have encountered, I think most of them resign to living without fitness. So Shiveta doing 15 minutes on a treadmill is a big deal. It shows she does want to change up her routine and is willing to make change happen, unlike the culprits I alluded to who have a million excuses not to.
Kudos to someone who not only decided to jog on a treadmill for the first time but did it in a public space where peers and strangers witnessed it. Kudos to someone who told her team what she was going to be doing between 11:30 and noon so that they could be there to cheer her on for her first few steps. Kudos to someone who went out of her comfort zone and felt totally invigorated.
Shiveta, great job on Monday and keep it going!!! I can’t wait to get another workout in with you.