Run, Forrest, Run!

I am not a runner.  Never have been and probably never will have a really serious passion for it.  You certainly won’t find me running any big races.  I don’t like the repetitiveness of the motion and despise the shin splints and other ailments that result from it.  After all that though I have found myself wanting to get out and move lately.  It’s really interesting how if you actually take the time to listen to your body and what it is craving it just makes sense.  This has actually been running through my mind {pun absolutely intended} for well over a month now but I really had a hard time believing I was going to enjoy it for a single second.  Jokes on me, its been nice.

So, here I am a week into my running experiment.  I’m referring to it as an experiment because I truly have no idea long this is going to last for the reasons referenced above.  I downloaded an app ‘Couch Potato to 5K’ and the pace is working for me.  Day 1 I was silently swearing at myself that this was the stupidest idea ever as I hauled my two kids and our giant double stroller down the road, couldn’t leave the dog at home to just sit either,  so here we go.  I quickly realized 1. I was out of shape {like really out of shape}   2. Holy crap this stroller and my two children weigh a lot and 3. dammit Ruby just run in a straight line.  Anyways, I lived.  Maybe running a 5K or 10K race is on the agenda but certainly not in the immediate future and for me that would actually be a pretty big personal accomplishment.  Goals.

I’ve been on a self-care binge lately.  If you have read my other posts, especially “Love Yourself to Better Love Others” you’ll have a little insight as to why.  Running for me right now is exactly that.  I’m not doing this for anyone else, it’s just for me and plain and simple because I felt like it.  Would I like to be healthier?  ABSOLUTELY.  Would I like to shed a few pounds?  YES.  However, I’m not going to put that pressure on myself even though I recognize our overall health, both physical and mental, as very important.  I’ve tried numerous programs and they all leave me stressed out and feeling like I failed before my feet even hit the floor in the morning.  So, my current regimen is listening to my body say “hey, a run sounds nice right now!” and off we go.  Running is step one for me.  Eating healthier is always on the agenda so my focus for that is going to be starting with making the best choices possible, not going back for seconds, and eating slower.  That’s just where I’m at right now.  As I have said before, you just have to do what works for you as an individual and stop worrying about conforming or pleasing others.  There is a time and a place for worrying about others needs but sometimes you really just gotta do you!

If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.

Author: Jessica Omdalen

Stay at home mom and wife with a passion for writing, loving my family, and just doing life!

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