National Running Day asks you to complete the sentence “I run…”? Olive to Run is hosting a link up today for people to complete their “I run…” sentence.? Be sure to stop by and read all the reasons people run.? I love hearing what motivates and moves other runners.
As for me?? Why do I run?
I run to go to Disney.? I run because it brought me a community.? I run because it makes me feel good.? I run because I can… with no-guilt.? No-guilt is the key for me.
Not too long ago I changed the blog name from Margaritas, Miles & the Mouse to My No-Guilt Life.? A lot of you started with me on MMM and I adore you for hanging in there with me while all these changes are going on.? Finding your voice and the right place for you on the blogoshpere can be trickier than you might think, so I appreciate the support you have given me.? One of the reasons behind the change revolves around running.? This central focus in my life became a love/hate relationship for me when I considered the affect it had on my family.? I had it boxed into two neat little squares.
Love:? because it gave my children, especially my daughters, an active and healthy example of doing something fun even as you get older.?
Hate: it took a lot of time and finances away from my family to accomplish my goals.
I need to run.? I physically and mentally need to do this activity.? I know many of you get that.? Some of you hope to someday understand that.? Some of you think I’m flat out nuts for this.? You’re thinking: I’ll only run if the zombies are chasing me quips right now.? Ha.? I fully get it-? trust me, as the person who loathed to run, even when I played soccer in high school (you know, a sport that all you do is RUN!) I am just as surprised as you are that I have this need.? But it’s there.? It’s the way of a runner though: once you get that switch to click over, you realize this is the thing that makes you tick.? Even makes you a better person.? At least that’s how it worked out for me.
It boiled down to one thing when considering the love/hate balance:? I needed to get rid of the guilt.? I can’t separate the fact that time will be taken from the family when I chose to do something for myself.? And as a mom with a particularly mouse-eared shaped motivational carrot, yeah, it’s going to cost some money.? (Ahem, Disney ain’t cheap, yo!)? But I can change how I feel about it.
Obviously, I haven’t given up the running, and I’m not going to.? As God is my witness, I want to be Harriett Thompson when I grow up. ? But probably a little slower and not as cute.
So I changed the way I think and feel about it.? It’s not taking anything away from my family if my motives are pure.? And they are.
Running makes me happy.? Happy makes Shenanigans a much easier person to live with on a day to day basis.? You know that saying “When mommas not happy, no one’s happy?”? Oh yeah.? That’s how this household works.? I’m the emotional glue that keeps us all rocking away in our happy little lives.? I realized that my well being- emotional specifically here- extends into my husband’s life and my children’s lives as well.? If I’m out of sorts, well, it screws everyone over.? #TrueStory
And that’s not cool.
What keeps me on the right path?? Endorphins.? I don’t even need those crazy I-ran-20-gazillion-miles-this-week or I ran a sub-nano-minute-mile type of endorphins.? The slow, steady stream of hormonal goodness that I receive from doing a couple miles is enough to keep us all happy around here.
This morning I got up early and pounded out my 2 miles on the schedule.? C25K ain’t gonna run itself, right?? Oh- by the way- 8 minutes straight running.? TWICE.? BOOM!? I’m a runner, y’all!? Even though I’m proud of that accomplishment, the big takeaway here is that my day- and thus my children’s day- will go smoothly.
I was all alone.? I was doing an activity that solely benefited my body and my mind.? I didn’t worry about anyone but me and not dying while running 8 minutes straight (holy crap I thought that would never end!) And I did this guilt-free.? Is it just for me?? The answer is technically yes, but I’m putting it in the no column.?? A post run momma is the best gift I can give to my family.
Is guilt something you struggle with as a runner?? Or did you run the No-Guilt way today?? If not- there’s still time to make it happen in honor of National Running Day!?? After you enter the giveaway, of course.
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)