fitness · healthyliving

What Running Is and Is Not – To Me

I wrote this post last week and wanted to take some time to reflect on it before posting. 

I want you to think about the NON-physical ‘things’ you receive from exercising.  It’s no secret that exercise has these types of benefits (“Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy!”) in addition to building muscles, burning calories, and improving cardiovascular health (and more!).  

So…take a moment and think about the last time you worked out.  What did you get out of it?  

When I think about the “other” benefits of working out, I immediately think of two things: group fitness and running.  Each of these two activities brings me their unique joys, and today we’re going to talk about running.


Every time I lace up my shoes is different.  Today, I laced up my shoes with the intent to go for a quick two-mile run before moving onto the rest of my day.  However, before I knew it I was nearly two miles away from home and had to turn around.  

Running is…

Running is where I find a sense of balance and helps me refocus on my goals, the tasks that lie ahead, and life in general.  When I’m running, it’s my time to work through problems and celebrate successes.  When I’m running, I’m thinking about everything, yet nothing.  Running is where I can literally pound out any stress and uncertainty and approach situations with a clear vision.  Running has become so much more to me than a way to stay in shape and treat my body right; it has become a part of who I am and it has become essential to my well-being.  

Running has taught me about persistence, determination, and patience – persistence through a tough workout, determination in sticking to a goal and the work it will take to achieve the goal, and patience in myself, my progress, and the process.  Running has taught me about goal setting and effectively planning to achieve those goals, especially when it comes to marathon training.  Each run finished – for me – is a reminder of who I am, where I am, my abilities, what I’ve accomplished, what I’ve overcome, and what I still want to do.  My ability to work hard, my ability to do more than I ever thought I could, and my ability to work through any challenge.  Ultimately, running gives me confidence, boosts my self-esteem, and makes me feel like I can do ANYTHING.  

The past few days have been a whirlwind.  I’m now in the middle of making a big decision — and it’s a decision that comes with a bunch of pros no matter what way you spin the wheel (I’m like Rory Gilmore – I love pro/con lists).  I’m a little scared, anxious, and so excited all at the same time because I want to make sure I’m making the best decision.  When I laced up my shoes today, I was able to face the decision dilemma head on and remind myself that I am a capable, strong woman who will be able to stay positive and make the best decision.  And don’t worry…I’m sure you’ll hear about my decision once I’ve made it!  Just give it some time 🙂

What are your “other” benefits of working out?  Does this motivate you to work out when you don’t feel like it?  


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