National Running Day


5 years ago I couldn’t run around the block but slowly I got better and could run farther. I remember the first time I ran 2km’s. I was so proud! And so sore. The pain goes away but that feeling stays with you for a lifetime. 

Over the past five years, I’ve run over 3000km, including racing one half marathon and one full marathon. I ran every day for 432 days in temperatures ranging from +36 to -40. 

One of my favourite, most memorable runs was during a total downpour. Nothing can clean your soul like a run in the rain.

Running has given me the strength to know that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.

Running gives me the courage to try new things.

It gives me time to myself to clear my head and process the day. I often have some of my great inspirations while out on the road.

Running consistently also allows me to pay less attention to the scale, keeping my body at a regular weight. I can eat what I want within reason.

Running also allows me to spend more time in nature, something I believe everyone needs to do in order to live a full, healthy life. 

Yes, running can also suck the big one at times.

Sometimes my legs feel like lead and my lungs burn. Sometimes I run too far and have to call to get picked up.

Sometimes I fall and have to hobble home with scrapes and bruises, but you know what? It’s totally worth it! The feeling that comes after a good run makes up for all the shitty ones. 
To those of you who say you want to run but can’t. I encourage you to just start. The hardest step is the first one out the door. 5 years from now you’ll be so grateful that you did. 
Today is #nationalrunningday I encourage you to get out there and take a step in a new direction. 
#youcandoit #stepbystep #getitdone #dreambig #startsmall

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