I’ll admit, after my stint of high school track and cross country, I was itching for another sport. So, during my freshman year of college, I tried out for (and made) the Novice Women’s Crew team. I had a blast. I ended up running ~30 miles/week and rowing for two hours 6 days/week. I was exercising so much that I lost 10 pounds my first semester of college instead of gaining the normal 15. And then I had shoulder surgery to repair a (really old) torn rotator cuff. Cue the gaining of 35-40 pounds over the next 2-3 years. Yikes.I didn’t seriously start running until I was student teaching (and was desperate to lose weight to get a job). So, as petty as it sounds, I started running again for weight loss purposes. Every calorie I ate had a time equivalent on the treadmill. Not only is this terribly unhealthy, but it made running a chore. Gross.
When we moved to Iowa, C and I started running together because it was a free form of entertainment. But, to be truthful, I still didn’t think running was super awesome.That is, until 6 months after we got married. I was tired of being on the high end of the BMI chart for my height. I decided it was time to do something. C really enjoyed running and I wanted to enjoy it as much as he did. So, I suggested that we run a half-marathon for our first wedding anniversary. He agreed and the rest is history.Through a training plan, I found the stability and confidence that I needed to be a good wife, a good teacher, a good friend and an all around good person. To put it bluntly (and maybe a tad dramatic)…running saved me by giving me the confidence I so desperately needed. Yeah, sure, I lost weight (a good 25 pounds) during that first half-marathon. But, running gave me so much more! I became stronger, fitter, and my body image changed along with my actual body. Running became not only good for me physically, but also good for my soul. It gave me a way to have delayed and immediate gratification at the same time. It allows me to set SMART goals that I can achieve in the (very) public setting of races. The energy at running races is so inspring!When I was thinking about what I was going to write for this link-up, I thought of some really good reasons and some fun (yet superficial) reasons…you know…like general fitness, weight loss, get to buy cute running gear, and are able to casually drop the fact that I’m running/run 10 miles in one day. But, the reason listed above? Is definitely why I love running and will continue to do so until I am physically unable to.
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