Happy National Running Day!

Happy National Running Day!

I run because

Yesterday, I had the day off work  and had a million errands to run, one of them was a 7 – 9k run outside. I took my sweet time getting ready and took forever to get ready … procrastination was my game yesterday. It was 19 degrees celsius and only going to get warmer. I left the house a little worried I wouldn’t be able to run in the heat after all…it’s been a late start to spring/summer weather in Nova Scotia.

hot run june 3 2014

Hot run outside accomplished! Red face and all.

Why I run?

This really hasn’t changed for me in the last few years….

I run for my girls, my husband and my family. I run to escape and think about life at the same time.  I run to be healthy and fit.  I run for the passion of leading a healthy lifestyle.  I run to be a positive role model for my young daughters.  I run for me. 

What I’ve learned about running:

1. The more time you invest in your running the more you benefit from it.

2. That my Garmin is a tool to help me reach my goals but my body and mind are what get me there.

My 10k PB

My 10k PB

3. That I can challenge myself and reach my goals EVEN when I think they are lofty goals.

4. That the support I receive from my friends, my family and bloggers is something I never expected.

5. That I’m a strong person.

6. That I am a positive role model for my girls.

Me and my BIg Girl - Bluenose Kids 2k Run

Me and my BIg Girl – Bluenose Kids 2k Run

7. That I can influence others with this blog (which I never really thought I would do).

8. Bad runs are good for you. Many bad runs are good for you.

9. To plan your recovery after a race – your legs will thank you.

10. Running is good for your mental health in more ways than we know it.

My 2012 & 2013 National Running Day Posts

For more National Running Day post – check out Olive to Run! A little link up love by Olive To Run.

Why do you run?

What have you learned from running?  (Or walking, cycling, crossfit, zumba, dance etc)

Has physical activity/sport ever changed you?

Anna

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24 thoughts on “Happy National Running Day!

  1. Happy running day! I love running and the running community. It’s just a big extended family!! Plus running permits me to eat so much more food. My dog loves it too and it’s important she’s happy as otherwise the house gets destroyed!

    • The running community is pretty unique. Oh, the amount of food I want to eat is crazy these days – almost worst than when I was pregnant! ha ha! Yes, better to have a happy dog!

    • Thanks! I just added the link to your blog link up for this :) I feel I’m going to spend a lot of time reading some new and awesome blogs :) Thanks for hosting.

  2. What a fabulous post! I love the endorphins and the happy feelings that come after I go for a run. Makes for a much less stressful life and it’s cheaper than therapy :)

    • Thank you Molly. You will never have to give up anything when you become a Mom….you may just have to adjust your expectations for a little while and then re-adjust them again :) I knew after both girls it would be a long road back to where I was with running but I would eventually get there. The coolest thing now is having them at a run and having them tell me I won! Oh – and seeing them want to run/be active too!
      It’s beyond rewarding :) You’ll be an awesome Mom!

  3. Physical exercise has taught me that my body can and it will but my mind is the number one thing that has to be mastered. I also learned what I call the show up rule. I love working out but I still talk myself into the gym every time I go… five times a week. So I have a rule. I have to put my gym clothes on and walk into the gym and if I still want to go home then I can. It’s never happened.

    • That is such a great motivation to get your workout in! Most people give up before they even make any attempts to get off the couch/get dressed. When i’m having a hard day and really don’t to work out, I always get dressed and do what I can…it’s better than nothing.

  4. Lovely post! I love running for the accomplishment I feel afterwards. I actually got in 3.5 miles today, it was hot so it was tough but that feeling was waiting for me at the end :)

  5. Awesome awesome post and I agree with every single one of the things you have learned from running. I think my most favorite thing about it is the way that my daughter views my running. She gets so excited about my races and thinks I win every time. And really if she is going to see me like a superhero, that’s the best prize I could ever get! I LOVE that picture of you and your daughter! She is such a character!

    • It’s taken me a LONG time to feel like I am a runner. It’s all about putting one foot in front of the other…walking or running …. and about moving a little more :)

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