I’m introducing a new feature on the blog for Fridays: Fitness Fridays. As part of my continuing journey towards health and wellness, I had this vague goal of “running more consistently”. My cousin kept encouraging me last year to join a training program. Finally I took her up on her advice, and I joined a ten week training program through Performance Running Outfitters. This 5K training program has been so fantastic. We have weekly group runs as we gradually build up our endurance and our distance. The staff is so helpful, and I receive individual attention on my running gait, nutrition and form. I feel more at ease when I run now as I incorporate all the lessons I have learned.
This program is even sweeter because my cousin is one of the amazing mentors in this program. I am paired up with more experienced running mentors on our group runs. I look forward to Wednesday nights since it’s my only group run. My other runs are solo runs where I get to decompress and just think and breathe. Running has allowed me to stretch my physical limits as well as tapping into running as an act of meditation.
I know you’re all giving me the side eye. I have become one of “those” runners. Running and exercise in general help me restart my day or my night just through the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other and just breathing. Running is as effective for my self-care as getting enough sleep, eating right and taking my medication. I definitely found the runner’s high, and I crave it. Running helps me feel more comfortable in my skin, and I am a better mother because I run. Now I race both Munch and Skeeter into their respective schools in the morning. It is a close race most days, but one day I will beat them both!