Birthdays and a Time to Reflect:
Birthdays always bring about a time of reflection, as well as, a chance to “dream big” for another year. Running has been a part of my life for the last 27 years. At the age of 14, I joined my high school cross country team, then went on to run indoor and outdoor track. I was fortunate to have an amazing coach that instilled in me and so many other young athletes- the love to run.
I feel so lucky to still be active, healthy and running the miles as I turn 41 years old today.
Empowerment- That feeling of knowing that I am in charge of my health and fitness. Knowing that I have the power to choose the miles and the pace everyday.
Friendships- The running community is strong. Through blogging, running events and social media- I have formed some great relationships with other women. These women are no longer just running buddies, but true friends. Running is the thread that weaves through our friendships.
Clarity- Over the years, despite what life throws at me, running has been that cleansing and soul searching aspect of my life. Running helps me clear my head, stay focused and gives me an healthy outlet for releasing tension and stress.
Motherhood- Yes, running and motherhood do balance the other. Running has given me an opportunity to be a strong role model for my daughter. It is so critical to keep the lines of communication open during the teen years. I am grateful that running is something my daughter and I share together. Sometimes, it during those few miles, out on the road or track, where my daughter and I can talk about what is going on at school and in life.
Inspiration/Motivation- All around me, other runners are inspiring me. So many opportunities to plan for and reach new goals. I love reading about other runners setting goals and working hard to achieve them. Its a bit contagious. Running reminds that my goals are attainable. The miles run each day bring inspiration and the tough workouts motivate me to push through any obstacles.
“Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent.” – Joan Benoit Samuelson
How has running changed or improved your life?
Be sure to check out the other blog posts today from some awesome runner/bloggers over at Friday Five Link Up!