I haven’t been very active for Tuesdays on the Run lately. That’s probably because I haven’t been running consistently. I got a little burnt out, busy, and honestly, my body feels it. The lack of running or exercise really did a number on me. It was a reminder that running is beneficial for my physical health, but it’s also essential for my mental health. More lessons from running.
Lessons From Running (Or Not Running)
I realized that I was letting my excuse of “I’m too busy” get in the way. I mean, I am super busy, but I forgot what this time does for me. So in May rather than focus solely on running, I decided to go to classes at the gym. I’m better motivated when someone is telling me what to do. Wow, between Total Conditioning and Barre classes, my body was screaming at me for how out of shape I let myself get. But dang, after that hour was over, I felt good.
Taking those classes even led me into a natural progression of running for fun. The weather was nice, I left my Garmin at home, and I ran for fun. I didn’t even measure my distance. It was all about listening to my body. I did that maybe once a week.
I now know that I have to schedule my running time. Sure, there are days I can just wake up and say hey, it’s a beautiful day to run. More often than not, I have to pencil it in my calendar and make that time. That time is for me. It’s a time to decompress, to think, and to put myself first.
Driving around from practice to game to Girl Scouts to the next game does not constitute as exercise, no matter how sweaty I am afterwards. I love my children, but it is not selfish to make time for myself, too. It’s survival.
I even registered for the Army Ten-Miler since it was such a great race last year! This will give me extra motivation to get back to training. I’m still eyeing the Super Heroes Half Marathon. That weekend is tied for my favorite runDisney race weekend with Marathon Weekend.