I Get By With a Little Help

I get by with a little help

I’m draggin’ at the gym, yo.

I practically had to heave myself onto the treadmill today and I just wasn’t feeling it at all. My usual routine on the treadmill is to put the settings at a 5k, and then I run/walk/run/walk my way through it. Sometimes I can run straight through, but lately I have been really out of practice. I’m just coming out of a slump and I’m trying to get back into my routine, but today was a hard one. I was about a mile in when I was finally able to pick up the pace to a jog. I kept it going through all of Wendy William’s Hot Topics segment (fun fact- I tend to watch Wendy and various house hunter and home improvement shows at the gym) and I was about to slow down to a walk over the commercial break, but then I noticed that I was jogging in time with the woman on the treadmill next to me.

*Thamp-thump, Thamp-thump, Thamp-thump*

Our feet were hitting the belts with the same rhythm. I changed my mind and decided to stay in sync with her for a little while longer. I snuck a quick peek over at her out of the corner of my eye and saw that she was very fit. It was exhilarating to keep time with her.

*Thamp-thump, Thamp-thump, Thamp-thump*

She kept her eyes straight ahead and seemed focused on whatever she was watching her tv. I was huffing and puffing but somehow as if in a trance I just kept the beat. Before I knew it, my treadmill slowed down and the screen alerted me that I was in cool down.

What?! I just ran those last two miles? For the next 5 minutes I silently congratulated myself as I wiped the sweat from my brow and chugged water. The woman next to me had also slowed down, and she kept her focus on the tv in front of her. Finally, I ended my workout and started to stretch in place. I pulled out my headphones at the same time as the woman and to my surprise she turned to me and said, “That was great! Thanks for running with me!”

Shocked, I stumbled with my response, probably spitting sweat all over her “Oh! Th-thanks! Yea, that was awesome!”

This woman could most definitely run circles around me, yet I motivated her just as she motivated me. It got me thinking about how we all need a little help now and again.

Build your tribe, everywhere and anywhere with whomever motivates you. Never underestimate your own power to drive others just by your own self care and actions. Look for open doors and lights at the ends of those tunnels because sometimes they’re where you least expect it.


Are you in need of some motivation? Join us this Saturday, 9am at the Strides to Empower Women 5K at Lukens Park (Everybody’s Playground) in Horsham. If you’re not local to the area, you can do a virtual run anytime between April 23 and April 30 and pledge your donation. Please click the link to hear how Billy Carr, a Hatboro-Horsham senior created this 5K for his Graduation Project. All proceeds will go directly to the Scholarship for Women’s Empowerment through Cinderella Strong Pink & Steel.

Strides to Empower Women 5K GoFundMe Page


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