“Everything worthwhile is uphill.” —John Maxwell

One of my besties asked me, “Do you like running?” I thought about it. “I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it.”

“However, I do love the results it gives me.”

“Like what?” my friend asked. “The way I physically feel after I finish a run is so freeing. I can’t really explain it.” I responded.

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I really can’t. 

Heck, freedom and invincibility is how I feel after any workout. Except for yoga. With yoga, I feel like the York Peppermint Patty guy. Refreshed, renewed and pretty happy, kind of like a bunny who just got some strawberries.

I’ve been running a bit more since the start of Winter to begin training for my big 2019 health goal.

Admittedly, I was nervous at first. As a former dancer, I felt like I could do anything. I had strong legs, a toned body, clear and healthy skin. And it was all a result of hard work. When I look back, I regret the days I didn’t keep going with my fitness routine and taking my super healthy body for granted.

But, I can’t dwell on regret as I want to use the feeling of regret to change the direction of my life.

Speaking of, I just finished reading The Miracle Morning. As it turns out, the author said that running changed his life.

As if that didn’t solidify that I should be running, ha!

With my Nike Running App as my coach, a temporary running schedule in place and my determination, I’ve been running for my life these last few months.

And with each run, I’m realizing why I run.

I run to clear my mind and be at my healthiest. I run to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. I’m running so I can be here for my future husband and our kids. And I’m running for those who want to, but can’t.

With each foot I put in front of the other, I think about the blessing of the ability to run that God has given me. Positive thoughts fill my mind and my gratitude begins to overflow. The ability to see the beautiful scenery as I run and a chance to feel the wind on my face are just a few thoughts I have.

And when I feel like I can’t run anymore, I think of my future husband and us running around with our children. Next thing I know, I’m pushing myself harder to power up hills and keep running.

And the thought of crossing the finish line this summer with happy and sweaty tears? It’ll happen.

Any health journey is hard work, but hope isn’t my personal strategy. Faith is.

Everything worthwhile is uphill. -John Maxwell Click To Tweet

When it comes to running for your life, what/who are you running for?

It’s never too late to start on your health journey.

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