I live by this quote. Everything we do as we take the journey of life is the sum of small efforts. So this story is for running/walking cohorts encouraging everyone to forgive yourself quickly for the mistakes you make and have a short memory of the past because tomorrow is a new day to continue towards accomplishing your running/walking goals.
I started running in grade school because my mother read somewhere that children who are engaged in physical activity before school are more alert in school. Thus, I found myself running 1-3 miles every morning before school with my mother….soon running became a habit, then a lifestyle. I learned quickly that running helped to maintain my weight and used running as my primary tool to manage my health and fitness level.
In my teens, 20s, and early 30s, I ran in many 5Ks with my mother and friends throughout Washington, DC. I ran my first half marathon in New Jersey and I loved it. While I was in undergraduate school I used running to release stress and obtain scholastic success. I trained for the marine marathon in 2001, and while traveling with the Department of State enjoyed running with the Marines and participating in HASH runs throughout Europe! Then I changed jobs and enrolled in graduate school to earn my Master’s degree and it seemed overnight I just stopped running, but actually it was gradual….one missed run turns into two, then three, and before you know it, a bad habit has manifested into weeks, months, and then years. One day I realized I was 50lbs heavier and a coach potato!
I made many lack luster attempts to run again over the years with varying degrees of success, and for no significant reason, just tired of being tired, I committed to running again in 2013. In September I completed my first 5K in 4 years. Since then I’ve completed several 5Ks, an 8K, and a 10K and the sense of accomplishment is a reminder of how running can change your life. The benefits of running are quickly realized as the scale moves in the right direction, I have more energy, I am happier, and most important I am running to a healthier ME!
I run because Running is Golden….now that I am running again, I keep asking myself why I ever stopped. I believe I allowed life to become more important than taking care of God’s Temple. I realize now “Bad Habits are my Worst Enemies and I must starve them with the Fuel of Repetition”.