Healthy Living = My body is my temple

Reflections on the first week of running with a purpose


Last Saturday marked the first (ever) six weeks of training for the Goofy Challenge #runDisney event. It hit me today that I should stop for a moment and smell the roses and reflect on my accomplishments for this period.

Reflection #1: You got to trust the process and your training program

I’m the kind of person that likes to plan everything and visualize the finish line (no pun intended). Well, since running with a purpose is new to me this feel more like going with trial and error. Even when I’m supposedly following a training plan. I’ve learned that it’s a must to trust the program.

Reflection #2: Like everything else in life “comparisonitis” is a disease to avoid

My sister has been the catalyst to running with purpose. She has showed us what determination and not comparing ourselves to others do. It’s the beauty of running… we all are at different stages, different goals and definitions of success. That’s how silly “comparisonitis” is!

Reflection #3: Making sense of the numbers

It’s all about being real with yourself. Talking with my friends (who have been running for what it seems forever) I’ve learned that I really need to learn to make sense of running paces and goal times. I can’t say I’ll run, for example, a 30 minute 5k when I’ve been running it consistenly in the 48-50 minutes. There’s work to be done to get there.

Reflection #4: Being a slow runner is a-ok!

OK, I’m still working on this one. Like, I’m looking at a few races and their last year results to check if there was slower people than me. Being slow is something I’m embracing but still working with the possibility of being dead last in a race. My area has such faster runners. I need to keep finding the beauty of running slow. Again, it’s all about ourselves and taking the steps to be our own better version, right! Who cares if I can’t break a 14:00 mile (Yet!) I’m still running and soaking up the sun. My mantra: I’m running for me and not for anybody else.

Reflection #5: Train your mind as much as you train the body

Last but not least, training your mind is much more important. Thinking positive thoughts and repeating mantras have been working for me. “I can do this!” is my favorite mantra. I try to think like a child on my long runs. Children don’t know the meaning of impossible, the restraint of the phrase “I can’t.”, saying no. I want that same state of mind where it’s like a super fun scavenger hunt and the prize is better health and a good hour of sweat.



  1. Elba Valverde

    June 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I had a baby a few months back and I decided to start running again. I’m so slow now and to be honest, sometimes I need to rest a bit and walk for a few minutes because I feel exhausted so fast. But I don’t want to push myself so hard so I don’t feel discouraged. I really appreciate your tips and reading your story make me feel more confident and motivated.

    1. Yoly Mason

      June 19, 2015 at 7:22 am

      I still do a bit of walk/run. Glad you enjoyed the tips!

  2. kathy cano-murillo

    June 18, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Nice post, I feel inspired! I’ve been eating much healthier, 20 pounds down but have yet to exercise, this might be a way to start!

    1. Yoly Mason

      June 19, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Kathy, that’s fantastic! I’m sure you feel more energy now with your approach, yay!

  3. Rocio Chavez (@yoursassyself)

    June 18, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Eso, the main thing is that you’ve started taking care of you. How it happens and how fast does not matter, merely taking steps matters. Cheers to continued success 😀

    1. Yoly Mason

      June 19, 2015 at 7:28 am

      You are so right Rocio. It started almost like a dare from my sister but I feel so good after a run!

  4. lisa

    June 18, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    This is very inspiring. Anything to get us moving.

    1. Yoly Mason

      June 19, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Yes, anything to get us moving!

  5. Jennifer

    June 18, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    All great reflections! You have a great attitude about running (esp with your “can’t break a 14:00 mile (Yet!)” comment. About 1.5 years ago.. I said the same thing! While time passes slowly at times, you will be amazed at how quickly you will grow (in time and in spirit) when you trust your training (your #1). Good luck!

  6. Yaneiza

    June 19, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Great insights Yoly! I am trying to get back to exercising more regularly after falling off my schedule several weeks ago.

  7. Karla

    June 22, 2015 at 11:46 am

    These are all excellent tips Yoly!

    We must keep ourselves inspired or motivated because our health is top priority, not because society or your doctor says so but it’s just for you!

    I recently went on marathon walks and miss running.

    Now I will go back slowly but surely and I am sure that results will show.

    That starts in the mind with conviction and faith will inevitably show up in my life!

    Thank you for sharing your experience 🙂


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