Last year at Universal Studios, I was mesmerized by Optimus Prime from the Transformers movies. As an adult, I know what’s real and what isn’t (sometimes) and I know the Transformer was really just a guy wearing a lot of metal and plastic, but something about the way he moved to look down at me, like a real robot, it required every ounce of courage to stand next to him without peeing my shorts. You probably can’t tell from the picture but he was tall and imposing and completely intimidating.
Transformers have real physical transformations. They go from being a car/truck one minute to being a talking/fighting robot the next.
Transforming myself into a runner is physical for sure, but also required a whole lot of mental fortitude. I had to trade hitting the snooze button 3 times every morning,
to racing out of bed to go running before it got too hot.
I went from buying unlimited Metrocards so I could take the subway/bus to go 10 blocks, to running 5 miles just for fun
and being excited to run/walk 8.5 miles in the snow.
I went from wheezing and struggling through 12 minute miles to an 8:17 minute mile a few days ago.
I see myself growing as a runner and I love it!
Transforming into a runner isn’t easy but it’s something that runners do every day. Because we’re real life transformers.
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Hope you have a great day celebrating your transformation from the person you were to the person you are today! If you’d like to share your transformation tales, please comment below.