I didn’t grow up a runner. Heck, I wasn’t very much into any sort of sport or fitness. I was that stereotypical book nerd who just studied, studied, studied. It wasn’t until I started college and put on some extra pounds that I decided I needed to do something to try and lose weight. Running seemed easy enough so that’s what I did. I remember the first time I headed out to the streets and I barely made it 1 mile before feeling completely winded. I absolutely hated it. I was running with the sole purpose of trying to lose weight, and it was miserable.
I’m persistent by nature though, so I stuck with it and started to get more motivated as I saw results after a few months. My runs started getting easier — I had built up my stamina and found a couple great tricks that helped me keep on pushing even when I felt like quitting: envisioning someone running in front of me and trying to “catch” that person as well as having a really great playlist with a beat that I could use for pacing. I found that as my classes got tougher, running really helped clear my mind and there were even a couple eureka problem-solving moments as I was able to get a fresh perspective. Running soon became a constant in my life and I grew to love the sweaty but happy post-run high. Even post-college and in my 20s, running was always something I could turn to in the midst of all the ups and downs of my life.
Fast forward to life in my 30s and now a mother of two little ones. I don’t get to go out running as often as I’d like but now that it’s warming up, I’m taking every opportunity to get out on the running trails again. There are days when my mind starts to get frazzled from negotiating toddler tantrums and I can feel my patience wearing thin. It’s those times that I know the fresh air, the rhythmic pounding of the pavement beneath my feet, and that burning feeling in my lungs is just what I need to come back fresh and ready to be a better version of myself for me and my family.
This summer, Adrian and I are talking about doing our first family 5K. I just love the camaraderie of races and hope that it’ll be a way to get Dylan into the fun of running (the boy already races me around the house all the time!). The Zappos Bay to Breakers race is this weekend and it’s one of my favorite races to look at pictures of simply because of the crazy costumes runners will wear! The event is sponsored by Zappos, one of my favorite online stores because of it’s amazing selection of clothing (including athletic gear like I’m wearing above), shoes, accessories as well as their fast shipping and free 365-day return policy!
Disclosure: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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