Hi all! Linkup Friday!! Thanks to our amazing hostesses: the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!). In honor of National Running Day that passed on Wednesday, I am going to talk about what running means to me and has given me.
WHAT RUNNING MEANS TO ME
Reflecting back on running, it means the world to me. It is my personal time and without it, I get stressed and cranky. As I have gotten busier with going back to school and starting a new job, my running has always been there for me: the constant when so much has been new. It has gone towards the top of the must do list and I definitely think it has worked out for the better.
I have accomplished so much more than I ever thought I physically could. Challenge races-running races back to back-are what I love. Finishing Dopey which years ago would have sounded insane to me is now the greatest set of races I've ever done. 48.6 miles over 4 days and then doubling down and going home
To do 19.3 the next weekend? Insane but I've done it and am a stronger runner because of it and would do it again in a heartbeat. No questions asked!
I've never been physically strong or athletic so running has become my way to show I am both physically strong (and working on increasing my strength!) and also athletic with my running. So I'm the girl that hated the mile run in elementary school and only once broke a 10 min mile can now run multiple miles in a row at a sub 10 min pace and feel great afterwards!
CHANGED OUTLOOK WITH 4WellRules
It has changed the way I operate and it shows even in my blog name. The 4 well rules:
- Eat Well (I've completely overhauled my eating to be more whole and real foods, no processed foods and with a Primal bent by going gluten free).
- Sleep Well (I try to get between 7-8 hours of sleep so my body is well rested and won't need to rely on caffeine to keep moving)
- Exercise Well (running and strength training and stretching to stay in shape)
- Be Well (doing what I love and making self care a core part of who I am. Those Disney days, movie nights, vacations and time with friends are so important to my well being. They can't be sacrificed).
THIS YEAR ALONE
I track my running: how many races I do, my times, my PRs etc so imagine my surprise when I realized the Tinkerbell Half I've done 40 races total and 25 Disney races. It was also my 16th race of the year, my 11th rundisney race of the year and my 21st medal of the year (16th rundisney). Such great numbers
To be hitting in early May! I have a much needed break now and will have a crazy Fall/Winter but I'm ready for it!
What has running given you? What have you been able to accomplish?