Remembering capabilities.

There’s something I’ve been mulling over the last couple of days.

Remembering capabilities. 

I started thinking about it during that solo run I took on Friday after teaching and continued thinking about it while teaching on Saturday and again while running with Scott on Sunday morning. (yayyy #teamsutera!)

My mind was whirring away while running this weekend — thinking about a few things. About how challenging both runs felt — man, running on the treadmill is just NOT the same as running outside. My body made sure to remind me of that this weekend. But that’s the thing — my body is capable of running whatever I want it to run, I just have to let it. Not get freaked out that my mileage is way down, or my endurance isn’t where it used to be, or whatever. Just simply remembering capabilities. This body carried me all 26.2 miles not too long ago — it can sure as hell get through the transition from winter/dreadmill running to spring/summer outdoor running, that’s for sure.

I also thought about capabilities as it relates to all forms of fitness.

…Of my husband pushing himself to work harder at Crossfit, to improve his strength and flexibility and endurance. Of figuring out just what his body is truly capable of — and then pushing for me. Something he’s been doing an awesome job of (proud wifey alert!).

…Of our clients at barre n9ne — who step up to that barre at all times of day or night and push themselves. To work harder, get lower, shake more. I can almost see it in some of them as they work through class — that moment when they think they can’t possibly hold onto the set any longer. I see them squeeze their eyes shut, and either push through or they literally hesitate when I say ‘push lower’ or ‘hang on, you are almost there.’ And it’s that moment between hesitation and remembering capabilities and pushing for it, that I LOVE to see so much in our clients. That moment where they allow the shake at the barre, they embrace it and just go for it. It makes my day when I see a client who maybe hasn’t gotten to that ‘shake point’ before, finally connect with their body in a new way and right before their eyes and mine, they are shaking away, working through that set, relying on their body and remembering their capabilities.

And finally, I’ve been thinking about capabilities as it relates to life in general.

Trusting yourself to go for it, whatever ‘it’ might be. Remembering that your path is set in front of you, yours for the taking, it’s just up to you whether or not you follow that path and truly go for it. And that’s sort of how I’m feeling lately — that this path of mine is shaping up quite beautifully and I guess I can’t say it enough — things are just good right now. And I know that kind of makes for some boring blog posts from me (a lot of the same theme!) but it’s all I got right now — life, my path, our path, kind of great.

And I know that partly has to do with remembering that I’m capable of creating the life that I want to live, my best life right now. Kind of a neat thing to put into words huh? Living your best life now, the one that yes, *you* are capable of living. 

So my advice to get there — to that best life now? Embrace that moment between hesitation and remembering capabilities — and go for it. Do not hesitate. Trust. And just go.

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20 thoughts on “Remembering capabilities.

  1. This is exactly what I needed to hear this morning! I have a few things in the works and I am so guilty of putting things aside and waiting…I’m not doing that today. Today is the day that I need to push myself to take the bull by the horns and make things happen!

    Oh and I’m so with you on the outside runs. Wow, they are a beast, but I’m getting better at them. I hope you have a great week!

  2. As always- you are on my wavelength. I’ve been thinking about this a lot. So often, we are capable of so much more than we think- we just need to take that leap. It is wonderful that you are embracing that- I need to embrace that more!

    • Exactly — it’s often that first step that’s the scariest of all, but once you leap, all bets are off. Go for it, whatever ‘it’ might be — life is just WAY too short to miss out.

  3. It is ALWAYS about going for the touchdown and not the field goal…allow yourself to go past your comfort zone and bam, change, growth, ability. Love this post sis! XO

  4. I love this post. ❤ It reminds me of that time I was getting just a wee bit down about running…my loss of endurance and mileage…and someone very wise told me that my legs would remember those miles. Man…who was it that told me that…can't quite put my finger on it. 😉 I love reading posts like this…working through the mentality of running or anything else we find challenging in life. ❤

  5. Woosa! It’s about connecting with your body, absolutely.

    I don’t think we give ourselves enough credit sometimes. And I’m sure you get to see this daily with your students:)

    • This is true — we often don’t trust ourselves or give ourself the credit we deserve…I see it in friends, family, clients and myself. It’s one of those ‘work in progress’ areas of life, right? So worth the work to get there, though.

  6. so true, yet often forgotten. I am reminded (from an old quote) that each day is a chance to live and step forward onto the path YOU are FOLLOWING but GOD is creating. He might build it slow, but it always goes the right way.

    • Ohhhh I LOVE that — step forward onto the path you are following but God is creating. It’s about us following, and trusting HIS lead no matter what. LOVE that distinction, thank you friend!

  7. Definitely a post that I needed to read today – remembering capabilities and pushing past the hesitation. We are capable of so much and it’s remembering and trusting that. That often gets lost in the craziness of the day to day. Thanks for the reminder.

    And those outside runs vs treadmill runs? OMG could they be any different??

    • It IS about pushing past that hesitation isn’t it? IT’s so frustrating when you KNOW you’re hesitating but are afraid to trust yourself and just go for it, but once you ARE able to push past it, seeing your path more clearly, it suddenly all makes sense, all falls into place, and the trust is there. You just have to have the faith to see it first.

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