Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Me, a Runner?
Yep, I'm running. At 35, for the first time in my life I'm able to run thanks to the Couch 2 5K program. Like most of you, I've had a lot on my plate lately. Homeschooling, running a business and just everyday life was leaving me exhausted at the end of the day! I love the life God has blessed me with and wouldn't have it any other way, but I wasn't taking care of myself. I knew if I was going to keep up with all that each wonderful day had in store for me, I was going to have to make some changes.
I'll admit I've tried to run in the past, but each time promptly gave up. I loathed running. Several ladies from church started doing C25K, so I decided to give it a shot. All I had to do on day one was run for 60 seconds at a time - surely I could manage that! I struggled through week one and kept it up. Now I'm on week 4. I can honestly say I never feel more energized than I do about 10 minutes after a run - that energy lasts the rest of the day!
I won't pretend that it's easy or even a lot of fun at first, but the sense of accomplishment is SO worth it. I spend time with the Lord while I'm running. I enjoy the quiet while I'm running. I get fresh air while I'm running. It clears my head and I can literally feel the stress leaving me - it's good for mind and body!
I guess the point of this post is really to encourage you to take care of yourself. If you are tired all the time, I know exactly how you feel. If you've always hated running, I know how you feel. I also know that if I can do this, you can do this!
If you decide to give this a try, I'd love to hear from you - we can encourage each other!