Wednesday, November 9, 2016

November 9

I may write about this more than once this month, although it is my goal to not repeat the things for which I am thankful.
 Today I am thankful for running.
 Running is my peace. Running is my time to clear my head and get ready for my day. Running is a passion of mine. Running is my release. Running is my time.
 I can tell physically and emotionally when I miss a few days. Sometimes the difference between a good day and a bad day for me is all about getting a morning run in because it works out my anxiety.  It doesn't have to be my best run. Running just plays a large role in the battle of my mind and overcoming the anxiety that plagues me at times.

 This morning I stepped out the door and ran 4 miles. I felt so good when I finished. I felt ready to enter my day. I breathed easier and smiled better.

 I am thankful for running. If you don't know, I wasn't always a runner. I've only been doing it for 8 years. I'm not the world's greatest runner, but I do love it. For me, running is about much more than maintaining a good weight or staying a certain size. Running is about being mentally healthy. Like I said, I can always tell (and maybe those around me, too) when I need to get out and run.

 I am grateful for the ability, the health and the discovery of running. I've been blessed to be able to run multiple races and look forward to more.  Running does not define me, but it is certainly part of me.

My Most Recent Race, October 2016

A Wet Winter Run, 2015

Finishing My Very First Race, with my best friend spectators Dug and Ten, May 2009