I never used to be a runner. I was actually far from it. I never enjoyed it when we were “forced” to do the mile in P.E. The mile! Ha, that makes me laugh now! I always got winded really easily, or my side would cramp up, or it would be too hot or too windy or too cold- always an excuse. Always a reason not to run. But then I decided I wanted to be a runner. I saw all of these people I really look up to and admire, running. And I thought, you know what, I can do that! So I downloaded the couch to 5k program, and along with Zack, we completed it and ran our very first 5k! And just like that, I’m a runner. But I’ve already talked about that. Today I want to focus on the reasons why I run.
I run for exercise. I run because it feels good to get the oxygen flowing through my body. I run because it’s good for my lungs. I run because it’s good for my health. I run because of the feeling I get when I’m completing something I’ve never done before. That feeling of accomplishing a goal- there’s nothing like it. I run because it makes me happy. Endorphins are no joke! I run because it clears my mind. If I’m having a bad day, I throw on my shoes and get out there and hit the pavement. It doesn’t force me to think about anything. I run because I feel closer to God when I do. I run because it makes me feel alive. Running is therapeutic to me and something I am very passionate about. As a new mom, it’s a chance for me to carve out some “me time” and get outside and stay active. Plus, it’s something I can do with Sam in tow, which is that much better! I run because I’ve seen what it’s like to not be able to run, let alone walk, and as long as I’m able to, I will continue to run. Because I can. I run because I don’t dread it anymore- I actually love it now! And that is the coolest thing ever. Whoulda thunk? ;)
And as we all know, the next best thing to the emotional connection that we have to running, is the cute outfits we get to wear! ;) I’ve said it time and time again- a good outfit is sometimes the best motivation, when you just can’t seem to get your head in it. And I have found that Zappos has an awesome selection of workout gear! I’ve already made a few purchases lately, and they’ve given me that boost that I need to keep going. The best part of Zappos is that they have fast and FREE shipping (the best!) and a free 365 day return policy. Hello! So if you are worried something might not fit right, no worries- you can always return it for free! Love that so much, especially with online shopping. Thumbs up from me. Also, Zappos is sponsoring the Bay to Breakers tomorrow in SF! I have some friends who are running in it, and I won’t be, but I will be rooting them on! It’s definitely a goal to run in it!
So I want to know: Why do you run?
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