A New Found Love for Running
Ever since April of 2013, when I joined my local gym, and made the conscious effort to exercise the biggest difference that I've noticed is the state of my well being. Over the past few years of being an avid gym rat, I've noticed a few big changes in my life. Here are just a few:
I'm happier overall, not just with my body, but with life in general.
Exercise is the best form of therapy, and the cheapest.
I have a better understanding and appreciation for my body and what it can do.
For the past month or two, I've noticed I've become so used to my routine at the gym. Each day before or after work, I hit the gym for an hour or two and work up a good sweat, shower, and head home. Don't get me wrong, I totally love going to the gym, but I knew I needed to add some "spice" to my exercise routine. Last month, I decided to do something I truly did not want to do....
I used to LOVE running in high school, I was apart of the Track and Field team all throughout my school years. For the past few years, I've been more of a "jogger" and avoided running at all costs. I did not want to climb back on that bandwagon. But I did. For the past two months, I've been actually running, and I must say...
I love it.
As all of you know, I've been crazy stressed about our big move across country, that's practically all I can focus on lately. This month we're supposed to find out our move date, and I've been a ball of anxiety/stress and everything in between. I swear that's all I think about lately, and honestly, it kind of sucks. Not knowing all the little details is killing me, being the detail oriented person I am. I knew I needed to do something to take some stress off my plate, and shake up my every day routine.
When July finally hit, I decided it was time to stop focusing on all the small stuff, to stop stressing about all the things I couldn't control. I wanted to switch up my routine, and focus more on my well being. Last month I made the decision to start running again, and that's made all the difference in my mental health and overall happiness.
As strange as it sounds, I actually find myself looking forward to my daily runs. When my stress level is at an all time high, I make it my top priority to head to the gym and run. Lately I've been hitting the gym more, usually 5-6 days out of my crazy work week just to squeeze in a run. Pushing myself physically and mentally, and shaking up my routine has completely changed how I feel about moving so far away.
Running has given me a much needed outlet for all of my anxieties I've been feeling about moving cross country. When I pop in my headphones, and turn on Pandora, and run, all of my worries melt away. Pushing myself harder at the gym has not only made me sweat way more, it's brought a new found love for running.