Friday, June 7, 2013

I am a Runner

Tomorrow I am running my very first 5k. I am nervous and excited all at the same time. Today I am kinda just in awe that I have come this far. I have always hated running and just exercising in general. But in February I was inspired by my mother-in-law and a good friend who were both doing the couch to 5k program. I still had not found a good work out routine for myself but I wanted to be fit and healthy, so I thought I'd give it a try too! 

Here we are four months later and running and working out is now a part of my daily routine. I don't feel right if I don't do some form of physical activity, even if it means just taking a walk with the kids. When I first started the couch to 5k I could barely run for a minute without feeling completely winded and like I was going to fall out. Now I can run nearly a half an hour without stopping and without feeling like I'm going to die! I'm just amazed at what all I've accomplished. I am by no means a pro and I don't even know how I'll actually do in a real race but I am a runner. It feels so good to be able to say that. 

Why do I run? How did I go from hating running to loving it? Here are a few reasons I've become a runner. 

I run because when I do I feel strong. There is nothing more empowering than finishing a run. There's always a point in my run when I feel like I should quit and I want to quit. I get tired and I'm just ready to be done. But that's when it becomes mind over body and I have to tell myself not to quit and that I can do this and that I am strong. Then when I finish it is the greatest feeling ever. 

I run to be healthy. I am only 25 years old, but I feel the healthiest I have ever felt before now that I am running and working out daily. About two years ago I was in horrible shape and would get winded just walking up stairs. Now I can run up stairs and feel great! I want to be healthy for myself and for my family. I want to show my kids how to live a healthy lifestyle and how to be fit. Running helps me be healthy and feel great!

I run to relieve stress.  After a long day with whiny kids, a messy house, and laundry piled up to my ears, going for a run is the best stress reliever. It's so nice to just be alone in my thoughts and let go of all the stress of the day. 

I run for myself. All day every day I am doing something for someone else. I love to do for my kids and I love to be a stay at home mom who cooks and cleans and plays with my kids all day. Yes, I really do love it. But even the best of moms need to do something for themselves. We all need to take time for ourselves once in a while and running is what I do for myself. It is my thing. It is my time. It is for me. 

I am excited to run my first 5k tomorrow and while I'm running it I know I will be thinking about how far I've come and how much I've accomplished! I just know it's going to be a great feeling and I can't wait!

Do you workout? What's your workout of choice? Why do you love it? I'd love for you to share in the comments below! 


  1. Congratulations and good luck on the run!

    I ran for about a month one summer and I loved it! However, my knee didn't. So I've stuck to bike riding and walking ever since.

    -- Laura @ Frugal Follies

  2. You've come so far and I think that's amazing! You're also setting a good example for your children!

  3. I've always wanted to be a runner... but shin splints sort of kill that. My favorite thing to do is actually to go on solitary hikes in the woods: just me, the dog, and a can of bear spray.

  4. I started running in April but I'm not doing very well at it. I'm only running a kilometre at a time and only 3 times a week. I know I need to increase but I am still struggling to run the whole kilometre. I'm not sure if I should add more runs in first or up the km first or up both at the same time...
    I'll figure something out. I guess if I just keep at it, it is still better than not running

  5. I'm trying to get back into working out again (even joined a gym with child care), thanks for motivating me! Maybe I will try to take up running again.

  6. Hi Chick! Well done on your run! I do a mix of whatever I feel like doing. I found the couch to 5k program and there really is nothing better than a run (outside of course). I am still doing week one until I feel ready for week 2, but I really need to push past the "readiness" and get it done like you and everyone else.
    Well done on what you have achieved!!! xxx


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