Running is a whole new level of fitness because it's a full body work out. I started only last Monday determined to stick with it and not even two weeks into it, going only 3x per week, I feel significant improvement. I feel strong, my breathing has improved, and I can run for longer increments of time. I haven't yet reached the point where I'm excited to go for a run, but when I'm done it's like a crazy high that I've never gotten from any other workout. I even smiled showing my braces up there! It doesn't take an A&P student to recognize endorphins when they come around :).
Run Like a Girl often mentions the little voices in our head that discourage us. We are our own worst critics and I've found that to be true the last couple of weeks. When I've had to stop, I feel like I've given up and I start to compare myself to these other ladies running around like it's nothing. Not to mention how hot they look doing and it and here I am glistening (because I don't like the word 'sweat'), red, and splotchy. But, then it hits me that at least I'm out trying, which is more than 60% of Americans are doing (true statistic).
There's my brag and here's my unsolicited advice: JUST MOVE.
Health is never a guarantee, we've all seen that in various situations. If you're given a body that is capable of movement, appreciate it; not everyone has that blessing.