We survived Hurricane Irma! Our friends who sheltered in place with us were able to return home safely and we are resuming the business of daily life. Thank you to all who prayed and sent good wishes. Keep it up- so many were hit harder than we were.
On my last long walk before hurricane prep I listened to the “Is Fitness Feminist?” episode of Nasty Women Radio. It, and Hurricane Irma, have me thinking a lot about fitness and strength. A few years ago I wrote a motivation statement, sharing my Why for getting fit. The combination of this podcast and a natural disaster have me thinking more about the importance of strength and fitness.
In the podcast Neghar shares that she wants to be strong enough and fit enough to be up for anything she wants to do, whether that’s a long hike with friends or carrying her son’s mattress up stairs alone. Erin shares a story about a friend of a friend who likes to be sure she can run the distance from her home to her children’s school, just in case.
I love the idea of being able to run to my daughter’s school. That concept of “I can run to you” almost chokes me up. I looked up the distance to Girlie’s school and it’s over 5 miles. My immediate thought was, “I can’t do that”. Except, I have. I ran a 10K once and a few of those training runs were 5 miles. I completed a Spartan Sprint which was only 3 or so miles with lots of obstacles. So maybe this concept will be the inspiration I need to start running again.
A lot of different gyms talk about “functional fitness”. Hurricane Irma gave me a new definition of “functional fitness” and motivation for strength training. It’s important to me to be strong enough to care for my home and my family. HH and I were able to get everything done that we needed to but I want to be strong enough to be able to prepare on my own. This means being able to carry all our outdoor furniture in. It means pushing furniture up against the windows. It means maybe even installing hurricane shutters or plywood over those windows.
We were so incredibly fortunate in this storm but that is not a guarantee for the future. So I want to be strong enough to carry a pet carrier and a bag full of our belongings and a jug full of water and walk as far as I have to. I want to be able to help my daughter climb up or over anything in our path, even though she’s almost as tall as I am. HH is a strong guy but that’s not an automatic out for me.
It’s not all doom and gloom and prepper stuff though. I too want to be fit enough to be up for anything. A flea market find that I love but need to carry to the car myself? I want it. An extra spot for a color run? Count me in. You need a hand moving? Ok. An amazing sale at Costco? I got this. Am I up for renting kayaks? Absolutely!
I’ve done a lot of thinking about strength in the past week or so. Hurricanes will do that to you. My motivation for change is now being strong enough and fit enough to be up for anything this life throws at me.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.