Why I Run

Hey friends. I am so sorry for the absence. Life got crazy and I decided this was the best thing to eliminate for a while. But, I am back and ready to get going again. A few things have happened since my absence. First, I became a BeachBody coach. I stopped going to the gym about a year and a half ago. I had taken a job earning considerably less money and wanted to save money. I bought Insanity and ended my gym membership. I focused on doing at home workouts and running. I have not regretted it since. No wasted time driving to the gym and since I am not paying for a membership I don’t feel obligated to be inside exercising when I would rather be outside. I am going to tell you a little bit about BeachBody and how it has helped my energy levels thus far. Stay tuned. Tonight, however, I just want to share with you all about why I run. It first started as a way to lose weight. I remember thinking I could never run a mile. I was that girl in gym class who always walked the mile and didn’t care about my time. In college I gained weight and started going to the gym. Eventually I started running and it helped me lose weight quickly. I found that I actually like running. I would crank up my music and it would help me clear my mind. I prayed a lot while running. Then someone encouraged me to run a half marathon (I thought I could never run 13.1 miles). I decided to give it a try and LOVED it. I became addicted to running races and trying to beat my own personal record. Something happened though……it started becoming less about clearing my mind and more about races. I fell out of love with running and just started doing it because it was something people knew that I did as a hobby. Over the past few years I tried to start running again regularly and failed. Why? Because as soon as I start running I start thinking about races and training…..and then I don’t want to do it anymore. Tonight I went for a 3 mile run and it was amazing. I wasn’t concerned about time and I took pictures along the way. I just wanted to be alone. I just wanted to enjoy the nice weather. I just wanted to spend time with God. I’m glad I did. So, find a physical activity that truly helps you feel alive. One that helps you feel encouraged and whole….because then being healthy won’t seem so hard!

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