Today I went for a run.
Today I went for a run because I was so overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I have taken on at the moment that I knew I needed to take a time out from it in order to tackle it with renewed spirit and energy.
Today I went for a run because I have been a bit slack and haven’t run for about three weeks. I’ve made excuses.
Today I went for a run because I’ve been in a really negative place in my head for a few days owing to a) overwhelm; b) women’s troubles; c) anxiety. When anxiety strikes I take every little thing personally. It can feel like I’m failing everyone.
Today I went for a run because I knew it would make me feel better.
Today I went for a run because I can!
Today I went for a run because I’m leading a team for this year’s Race for Life in July and I can’t very well encourage if I turn up and am out of shape.
I ran faster up hills even though it made my lungs hurt because I was chasing endorphins not training goals.
I ran faster down hills because I was trying to beat the recycling vans home to get my last bits of rubbish out that I knew hubby had forgotten to do.
Today I switched on my ‘tunes’ when I ran. I didn’t want the mind chatter.
As I ran through a favourite stretch of my regular 20-minute run route Candi Staton’s ‘You got the love’ came on. I ran with renewed vigor!
As a mum in business it can be very easy to slip into the mindset of having to do it all in your own strength. But do you know what? I can’t.
I love mummy entrepreneur sites, sisterhoods, female empowerment, all that jazz. But sometimes for me I need to step away and remember that it’s not all about me.
It’s when I’m trying to do it all on my own that I get overwhelm. I get anxious. I get ratty. I pick fights and get defensive.
So today, as blood coursed through my body, Candi Staton reminded me that I am a strong woman and a bold woman but that I need a bit of help from others and from God to be the awesome woman He wants me to be.
Today I went for a run because I needed to remember this. That I’m not on my own.
So this week I’ll tackle my to do list (which if I’m honest only scratches the surface) with renewed vigor and spirit knowing that I am working hard for a greater purpose. I can only do this because I went for a run.
Running and exercise isn’t all about results and I don’t always feel like it. Sometimes my hubby literally shoves me out of the door. Today I ran to remember my purpose.
If you want to join our Fit School team for this year’s Race for Life on 15th July in North Weald check out our beginner’s running blogs.