A question I get asked often.
As I mentioned in my first post, I did my first real run at lunchtime. It was 5k and I smoked it!! I remember going out beforehand and buying my first pair of actual running sneakers. Saucony Pro Grid 4s. I was in love, with running and with my Sauconys.
About 3 years ago I was diagnosed with depression, and then later, anxiety. After my body came back to life (because like the ad says….depression really DOES hurt) I began running again. My doctor encouraged me to continue my physical activity, as this would help me in managing my depression and anxiety.
I ran my first half marathon (Blue Nose) in 2012, with an IT band injury. I was in pain, but stubborn and determined! I was just so happy to finish. And it was HOT.
For me, running is a way for me to clear out the cobwebs. To not HAVE to think about anything in particular. To free myself from stress. You hear people talking about runner’s high. I get it. Endorphins. You want to run farther, longer. It’s like you connect with something deep inside of you.
I am a better mom, a better person in general, after I workout or run. It’s my “me time”…and I deserve every minute 🙂