Conquering Past Hurdles

Today I ran on a treadmill for the first time in a few years. I know what you're thinking...


Why was my run on the treadmill today important?


I didn't break any speed records. I didn't run at a certain incline for an extended period. My treadmill run was important today because I was simply able to run.


Let me explain what I mean so you don't think I'm crazy!


I always hated running. If you're a frequent blog reader or podcast listener you know this by now. Back in the day when I would attempt to run, I would always go on a treadmill. This is because I could get off at any time when things got uncomfortable.


One day, I lost the option of running on a treadmill and no, this is not because I canceIed my gym membership.


A few years ago I got on the local YMCA's treadmill when I was 340 pounds and it kept skipping under my feet. Eventually it stopped moving. I thought the treadmill was broken so I switched to another machine. The same exact thing happened.


At this moment, I realized that I was too heavy for all treadmills at the Y. This made me hate running even more, but it also made me fear treadmills. I never wanted to get on one again, but that changed today.


I got on the treadmill today and I felt free. I know it's cliché, but that's exactly how I felt. I had conquered another hurdle that was put in my way at 340 pounds. I know I'm removed from that period of my life, but it still feels good to be reminded of that time to realize how far I have come on my journey.


Today on the treadmill was just another reminder of the progress I've made. The best part about progress is that it's constantly evolving. Progress never stops as long as you're willing to constantly seek discomfort. This discomfort turns into growth throughout your life.


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Tanner Kern is a 23-year-old content creator, journalist, and endurance athlete from Connecticut. He is the host of The Tanner Kern Podcast and creator of "It's a Process: My Tips for Becoming the Best Version of Yourself."

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