I don’t know why, but I am forever the only girl in the gym.
Maybe it’s because I wait until close to 9pm, but I seldom come across another female while working out. And if we’re all being honest with one another, this can be slightly intimidating.
Here are all these dudes on the floor lifting free-weights and bars and then there’s little old me just trying to get some miles in on the treadmill.
We are all there with a similar goal: to get fit. But just because we share a similar drive doesn’t mean there still isn’t that level of intimidation and discomfort at the unbalanced demographics.
Sometimes being in a situation like this can make someone feel self-conscious. For me, I used to wonder if I looked like a weirdo. I take long strides when I’m running and all I could envision was how awkward I must look.
This was especially bad in freshman year of undergrad, but now I couldn’t care less. The point is, so often we allow what people think or what we think people think to influence how we run.
Like I mentioned previously, I take long strides. That’s always how I have run and it has served me well for the most part. But whenever I was in a gym-rat crowd, I couldn’t help but question if I should take shorter, more feminine steps. I didn’t have to sprint. A nice jog would be sufficient.
Paul writes in Galatians 5:7, “You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?”
The Galatians had allowed the negative influence of false teaching to permeate their Christian walks. They had changed who they were and how they were living because of a lie, an unperceived deception.
We are just as susceptible to falling, to altering how we are to better fit into someone’s personal agenda.
But we are called to run according to the Truth that Jesus Christ has set us free. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
Do not run to please everyone else. Do not run to please yourself. Do not run with any other motivation than to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith . . .” (Hebrews 12:1-2a).