On most days, I don't feel like running.
My days are already so full - full of diaper-changing, lunch-making, book-reading, email-checking, article-writing, bike-riding, dinner-prepping, dream-chasing, bath-giving, tear-catching, and prayer-saying.
It takes so much energy to change into my sports bra, lace up my tennis shoes, and get my 3-year-old ready (she likes to accompany me in the jogging stroller, while my 9-month-old stays with her daddy).
But I do it anyway. I remind myself how powerful I will feel as I put one foot in front of the other, how accomplished I will feel when I run up my driveway with flushed cheeks and a pounding heart.
John F. Kennedy once said that, Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
Exercising is an investment - in health, in life. It defends against illness, stimulates the mind, and invigorates the soul. I believe that fully - which is why you'll see me running or walking around our neighborhood on most days of the week.
I'm not a marathon runner or a triathlon champion or anything like that. I'm just an Arizona Girl who knows that exercising regularly will make me a better parent, a better wife, and a better person.
Tomorrow morning I'm going to wake up and run in a local 5K. I'm not fast and my stride isn't beautiful. On the contrary, I'm slow and I have an awkward stride (my husband says it looks like I'm dancing or something...).
But it will be totally worth it to cross that finish line, to watch as my girls smile at me from the sidelines, to be reminded that I CAN DO THIS. Won't you cheer me on from your little corner of the blogosphere?
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