Saturday, October 20, 2018

Why I Run

My Instagram feed is full of 5Ks and running now a days if you haven't noticed! LOL I am just so excited about running now and it makes me super happy to share it with you. Since I haven't shared anything on the blog in a while...check out my Instagram stories for my training and race videos....I thought it would be fun to share with you why running and 5Ks are so important to me at this time in my life!

Why I started running...therapy.
In 2016 when I left my husband I was in a bad place. I was happy to have the support of my Uncle and my cute little roommate Max the dog. It began with me walking Max. Then one day I decided to run the last block home. It grew from there. Everyday to get away from how I was feeling...I ran from it. It helped me push myself mentally and to focus on something that was improving my life. Most importantly it was something I never thought I could do. I had tired running before and failed, but this time something was different. I had to prove to myself that I was strong enough to move on with my life and to run into the unknown.

Why I did my first 5K....besties.
When I moved to Denver in 2017, I was lucky enough to live almost next door to my new bestie Steph. She got me out and running in the high Denver altitude, in the cold and pushed me to not stop for breaks, which is what really began to help me improve. No matter how tired I got, I kept on running, slow and steady wins the sooooooo true! It even put that into practice now.
When Steph asked me to do my first 5K, the Hot Chocolate in October of 2017, I hit the treadmill hard. I trained with the Couch to 5K program and on race day I didn't stop! That was what was most important to me during that first race. To run the entire time and to not stop. It is all mind over matter for me and I just love being able to push myself physically to do something I never thought I'd ever do!

Why I continue to run....
I don't consider myself a runner. It doesn't come easy to me, but I love it so much because I can measure my improvement. It gets me outside in this beautiful city I live in and it keeps me healthy which is important because I have a desk job now and sit ALLLLLLL day! I've never been the athletic type, so I get really excited about medals! LOL I love the feeling of running across the finish line and getting a medal. I'll never be in the olympics, but I can finish something and be rewarded in so many ways!

How have you changed in your life? What have you done that has been hard, but made you better? I'd love to hear in the comments below! No matter how hard life gets, there are always things pushing us through, I'm so thankful for change, my besties and being able to conquer my goals!


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