Yesterday I decided to take my workout outside, since it was one of the nicest fall days we’ve had around here in a while. I walked up to the park near my house with the intention of walking my four mile loop that I ran quite often this summer. Once I got going though, the nice day got the best of me and I decided to do some jogging intervals with my walk. Since my injury, I haven’t run a lot, and higher intensity running still makes my headache pretty bad. So I took it easy and decided not to push too much, but just to run as much as I wanted without pressure.

I ended up running about half of the 4.5 miles, which felt great! It had been quite some time since I ran outside, and although ย it wasn’t my most impressive “run”, it still felt wonderful. When I reached the entrance to the park at the tail end of my loop, I decided to keep the workout going with some moderate body weight exercises. I did some box jumps, elevated push ups, and rear-foot elevated split squats. During this, I was kind of upset that this is the level of intensity that I’m at right now — it’s frustrating to be so far away from where I was just months ago.

workout pic

At one point, after a set of box jumps, I turned around and saw an older couple who was in the middle of a walk. As I turned in their direction, the man started pumping his fist in the air, and yelled to me “You’re doing great! Keep up the great work!”. I smiled and waved, and then as I got into position to do some split squats, I overheard him say to his wife “Do you think you can do that?”

I then turned, and saw his wife, who must have been in her 60s at least, try some hops onto a smaller stone slab nearby. As I watched, smiling, the man started doing them too! Here they were, two people at probably retirement age, congratulating me on doing this workout and then giving it a go themselves. ย I gave them a round of applause as the man exclaimed that they were “harder than they look!” and they went on their way.

It was such a funny moment, as just before then I had been frustrated with where I’m at. In my own eyes, I was doing less than I wanted to be, but in their eyes, I was strong and inspired them to try something new.

It’s all about perspective.

You may not be where you want to be in terms of your health and fitness, but to someone else, you are an inspiration. You may not have reached your goals yet, but that doesn’t mean that what you’re doing is unimportant. I’m not going to be where I want to be for a while, and I’m just going to have to learn to be okay with that. I need to ditch the ideas of what I “should” be doing, and the goals that I “should” be reaching, and accept that things might move a little slower than originally planned.

Happy Monday everyone! Have you ever had a funny fitness interaction when working out outside?ย 

8 thoughts on “Perspective

  1. Loved that! And your right… it is all about perspective. It is a good reminder for myself as well as I modify my workout as I work through some recent injuries

  2. What a fun interaction! I was once out for a run one day and a guy came up behind me and asked if he could run with me for a bit. My pace was his pace and he just wanted someone there while he ran. We chatted and ended up talking about injuries (he was recovering from one), races, and long-distances. He had never run over 8 miles so I encouraged him to get over the hump and just try it. It was such a nice interaction and great break from my normal solo-runs. I wonder about him sometimes and if he ever broke through his 8-mile wall. Glad to hear recovery is going well so far. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. “I’m a slow runner” I say that a lot myself and I hear other newbie runners say it as well. I’m sure the guy/gal who comes second or third in a short/long distance running event says the same thing but there’s me who’s at the back enjoying the scenery haha!!
    Funny running moment. 2am(ish) running through London at about mile 14 of a midnight marathon training run. We run through a crowd of skimpy clad women who are on their way home from clubbing the night away. They start running in their heels with us and then moments later they’re running alongside holding their heels in their hands asking us questions on what we’re up to. They kept up with us for at least a mile or two before they found it was too much to keep up. Total respect for them to run with us just to ask us what we were up to haha!!

  4. This is great! I’ve had this same struggle as I come back to fitness after a pregnancy but you’re right…it’s all about perspective! Way to motivate perfect strangers! The funniest thing that has happened to me in an outdoor workout is when I used to teach an outdoor bootcamp and people at the park would hide behind trees and follow along!

  5. I had foot surgery two years ago, and I still am not back where I was fitness-wise. It feels very frustrating. Also, my stationary bike doesn’t work as well as it used to. So now I am having to save for a new one. I have to have a recumbent seated bike because of my lower back. I used to walk outside a couple of miles a day several years ago until I developed bunions on both feet and found out I have arthritis in them. So it became much too painful to wear any type of athletic shoes. So I wear my Birkenstock sandals all the time now. Once in a while I take a short walk outside especially this time of year. One time I saw an elderly couple out bird-watching while I was walking. I thought that is something I wouldn’t mind doing in retirement! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope your recovery goes well. It sounds like you’re doing great.

  6. this is awesome!! It is amazing how sometimes it just takes someone else being around and telling you you’re doing great for you to realize that you are, in fact, doing great. I get down on myself far too often, so I always appreciate moments like these!

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