Change Makes My Heart Happy
I love Valentine's Day. We don't do the traditional romantic dates and gifts in our house. It is a family celebration that consists of a pink and red dinner and gifts, cards, and treats that magically appear at the door. By magically I mean someone sneaks out through the garage, rings the doorbell, and then runs back into the house. It is one of my absolute favorite holidays, so in honor of the day of love I thought I would share with you what I love about running.
It is getting easier. As someone that doesn't come by running naturally, I love that it is getting easier. I can tell that I am getting stronger and with each run I notice a change. Change makes my heart happy. Actually, easier makes my heart happy.
My running workouts take less time. Time is a pretty valuable commodity, but so is health. I run the same distance that I used to walk and, although my speed isn't anything to brag about, I still get done in less time. Getting in a workout that you can feel good about that doesn't take a huge chunk of your day is definitely something to love.
I have more energy. An increase of energy is pretty common with any type of exercise routine and I am definitely feeling it this week. That extra energy is going to come in handy over the next few months. Baseball season is about to start, school is winding down, and we are preparing to move. There is a lot of running around and de-cluttering in my future and I will need all of the energy I can get. Hopefully my busy schedule will motivate me to keep up with my running.
Running is a great way to relieve stress. The past couple of weeks have brought with them a lot of the evil s word. Sick kids, busy schedules, issues with renters, and the process of searching for and buying a home have caused me to want to run away from home more than once. In a way, that is exactly what I have been doing. Every time I put on my running shoes and head out the door I come back feeling a thousand times better. In the end all of the issues always end up working themselves out one way or another, and the running just allows me to avoid an ulcer until they do.
I won't pretend like running is my one true love, but our relationship is growing. We are taking it one date at a time.
How are you doing on your Inspiration to Fitness journey? Did you read Ashley's post about speeding up your running? I am pretty sure that was meant for me. I am going to start implementing some of her tips this week. You can check out all of her posts and lots of other great content from BlogHer's Inspiration to Fitness challenge by rolling over the Best Buy logo at the top of my blog.
Also, don't forget that you can enter to win the fabulous Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor. If you are a runner or are training to be one, you will love this tool.