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Transforming Tash: The Support Network

I used to see all these memes and inspirational quotes that refer to the best thing about starting to run is the people you meet along the way.

In the back of my mind I was hoping I would form such friendships, but was dubious as to whether they existed or not, or were people just on a happy runners high when they designed the meme 😉

And then I started to meet people. Slowly at first, but now I feel I have a great circle of people that I can honestly call friends. And not my usual pub crawling friends haha. In fact some of them (no names mentioned) actively try and discourage me away from the pub haha. But we have a genuine friendship that I can call upon for anything. I love the fact that I have several people that can offer me advice, or make a suggestion to improve something, and are genuine about it. Not condescending or looking down at me because I am such a beginner.

Being a beginner is terrifying, especially when surrounded by fast, super fit, super lean people. It is the attitude of others that influenced my thoughts (I know, I know), but with my “squad” I have now, I feel empowered, encouraged, and I know I can do this.

This week my motivation has continued to lag, mainly due to being busy with work and I am not good at morning exercise. So when 2 days passed with no exercise one of my friends started text bombing me.. Have you been yet? What about now? You know it’s easier to just to go for your run than check your phone every 10 minutes and see my text and feel bad. So go. Off you go. What are you waiting for? In the end I went just to shut her up haha. But it’s friendships like these that I love.

We are all in this together, for a common goal. To be better than what we were yesterday. It is an individual sport with a team foundation. What could be better than that? All we are competing with is the person in the mirror. And my god, I want that person to be looking back at me with a smoking hot body and positive life attitude.


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