Hi there! I’ve got a few questions for you to ponder…
Do you run?
If so, what for?
If not, why?
Do you tend to…
1. Run towards life
2. Or away from problems
Seriously, what do you do? I ask because you can’t realistically simultaneously ‘run’ into all life has to offer and dip out on dealing with your issues without losing yourself along the way.
You don’t want to feel torn in half. Pulled in two opposite directions. Happy yet inexplicably sad or unfulfilled. So don’t. You are whole.
Run WITH your problems TOWARDS life.
Face defeat head on. Push through pain. Endure. Slow down enough to catch your breath, but never stop. Gather your strength. Keep going. And going. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. Until you reach the finish. Then celebrate. Spread your joy. Share the message of hope. Then start all over again.
Running is so much more than a healthy activity. It is an exercise for the mind. Meditation for the soul. Once you push let your limits, you realize the limit does not exist. (insert hilarious mean girls joke here…….)
I used to hate running. I found it boring. My sister was the Cross Country and Track star in high school. I was the gymnast cheerleader girl. I could do a double backflip off of the uneven bars and land on my feet but could only last ~20 minutes MAX on a run or elliptical session. I used to look at people who “love running” in horror.
Until something changed…
I started to LOVE cardio in college. Or hate that I loved it so much? Idk. Haha — No one was making me do it. Most people with my hectic schedule would do anything BUT run. But I did it FOR me and no one else. Even when it was the last thing I wanted to do. Because I knew deep (sometimes really deep) down that a good workout was probably what I needed most. More than an A on a test. More than extra rest. More than margs. (But those def came first at times too😜🍹)
Cardio slowly became a part of my daily routine: eat. sleep. class. workout. cheer practice. insert responsibilities here. friends. REPEAT. Like what. Sounds like a little bit TOO much activity Abs? Jeez.
Now in ‘real’ life – it’s definitely A LOT harder to get up off the floor to do it. I’m serious….. If I adult too long for so many days I become a blob on the floor when I get home… 😂🙈 BUT I know I’ll lose my mind if I go too long without a good, long elliptical workout or run on the beach. So I do. When I can. So I do get it, you’re busy, tired, lazy, embarrassed, hate it, etc. Just don’t knock it till you try it, consistently!
It will clear your head of stressful, silly thoughts after a long day and keep things in perspective & balanced. If you can’t go for a long/ or short run yet, go on a walk. You don’t have to have a buddy. Enjoy some time alone! Walks are wonderful for you too. Not just physically, but MENTALLY. I really don’t run to stay in shape, but it doesn’t hurt my case.
I seriously encourage you to get up & be active (bonus points if you’re outside too) You won’t regret it – or maybe you will – but at least once it’s over you’ll feel SUPER happy!
RUN YOUR LIFE. OR IT’LL RUN YOU.