A Little More Each Day

One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

Tuesdays on the Run: Why I Run

on April 21, 2015

I love today’s Tuesdays on Run topic: Why I Run. Thanks as always to April, Erika and Patty for hosting! I loved reading the posts in the link up so far before I headed out to run this morning!

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I was actually just having this conversation with a friend who is visiting us (thus the lack of wrap up yesterday – two toddlers made for a busy day and I forgot!). Why do I run?

Stress relief: I have a job where being wrong or making a mistake can have truly catastrophic consequences for other people. As much as I try to remind myself otherwise, motherhood and wifedom sometimes feels similarly “can’t fail.” Because of that, I truly appreciate running, where there are no consequences to anyone but myself. If I miss my paces or my distance, I’m a little disappointed but things are otherwise okay. Really, just making the effort means I’ve already done well enough. That is a huge source of stress relief for an overachiever like me, to give myself a little time to do something without the burden of doing it right. As an introvert, it’s also crucial recharging time.

Role modeling for Oliver: I love that while Oliver intellectually now recognizes my “before” pictures as me, he still thinks of me more when he sees someone running or sees a picture of runner. I love that that’s how he sees his mom and that I’m showing him that exerciseย  can be a fun part of everyday life.

These are possibly my favorite race photos ever!

These are possibly my favorite race photos ever!

Feeling like Superwoman: While I like the fact that running has no real consequences in terms of stress relief,ย  I love that even though I am a firmly middle-to-back-of-the-pack runner, I still feel like a rockstar when I’m done. I love crossing the finish line and having that “I did it!” moment (and the bling). I love the slight ache in my legs all day when I woke up early to get my run in before work. I love knowing that even though the first mile ALWAYS SUCKS, at the end I feel like superwoman. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Of course I also run for the health benefits and the weight management benefits, but those aren’t usually enough to get me out of bed before 6 am. ๐Ÿ™‚ These are the things that get me moving. What gets you moving?

We’re heading out to take an almost 4 year with a full leg cast and an energetic almost 2 year old to the zoo. Wish me luck! (Thank goodness I got that run in for sanity myself already today!)

 

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16 responses to “Tuesdays on the Run: Why I Run

  1. I love running too. Why is is so much easier to get up at 6 am for a run/race than it is to go to work? Haha. Probably because us runners just love it so much!

  2. I run for the stress relief too! I used to be really hard on myself if my runs weren’t “perfect”, but I’m finally letting that obsession go! Love the picture with your boy, I hope when I have children I can encourage them to be healthy and enjoy running too!

    • It really is a huge motivating factor for me. He’s really bummed that he can’t run now because he has a broken leg but talks to me a lot to be sure his cast will be gone in time to run the “Mickey Mouse race” at Wine & Dine in November in DisneyWorld. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kristin says:

    You are Superwoman!!! I love your Superwoman finish picture!! What an amazing picture!! So happy and strong! Just beautiful!! I love how happy you look!! Perfect! XOXO

  4. d20girl says:

    I agree with Kristin, you are a superwoman!! I have a pretty stressful job where one mistake can end up with a front page news story, so running really serves me with much needed stress relief! Thanks for linking up with us today.

  5. HoHo Runs says:

    Yes, that first mile is always bad! I’m still asleep actually. But then it gets AWESOME.

  6. It’s so much easier to deal with a 2 year old after you’ve conquered a tough run! Just keep on moving!

  7. I love your reasons for running! That’s so sweet that you’re such a great role model for Oliver. Getting out of bed before 6 for a run is something I’ve never done! I think I’d rather run at midnight, then have to wake up early. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you had fun at the zoo, brave woman!!

    • I’m doing a late night run in November, so I’ll have to shift from early morning runs to night time runs to train for that. I always screw up eating before evening runs so mornings are a lot smoother. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. MCM Mama says:

    Love your finish picture! Yes, stress relief is a huge part of running! Hope the zoo wasn’t too crazy…

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