The following is a guest blog post from Janae Jacobs of The Hungry Runner Girl.
Running. Where do I even begin to write about how much it has helped me over the years?
One of the many things that running has taught me that transfers over quite nicely to real, everyday life is to appreciate my body and to love where it is right now. Right now, not when I lose x amount of lbs or after I hit up 25 boot camp classes, now. Now, because it gives me the chance each day to do the things that I love to do. I think that a lot of women struggle with body dissatisfaction and seeing themselves in a negative way and I have always struggled with this BUT running… running helps me to see things clearly. That perspective change (on so many different aspects of life) that starts to occur somewhere between mile 2 and mile 4 allows me to view my body’s purpose in a whole new way.
Going out for even just a few miles each day helps me to feel grateful for my body rather than thinking about what I would change. It allows me to focus on my strengths. Running gives me thoughts such as, ‘Dang, my legs just powered up that hill’ or ‘I am so grateful that I am healthy and I’m so lucky to move my body in a way that I love each day.’ Those thoughts that I have during my runs about the gratitude for the body that I have help me for the rest of the day. A good run in the morning helps me to view my body as a tool to get from point A to point B on a run, or to help somebody that needs my help or to be a pretty dang good momma. I love focusing on what I can DO with my body rather than what my body looks like. Seeing our bodies as tools to be able to do what we love to do takes away the ‘flaws’ that we see or that the media tells us that we have. Running proves to me day after day the miracle of what our bodies are capable of and their strength.
So, thanks running for helping me each day to live the way I run. To love my body for the amazing tool that it is—> allowing help me to do the things I love to do and to be there for my people.
Janae Jacobs has loved running since she was 12 years old. After completing her first marathon in 2010 and finishing as the fifth woman overall, she was instantly hooked on wanting to dedicate more time to training hard and getting faster. Another huge passion of Janae’s is food and her 3-year-old daughter, Brooke. Via her blog, The Hungry Runner Girl, Janae shares her thoughts about running, fitness, food, family and other random musings. You can follow Janae on Twitter @hungryrunnergrl, Instagram and Facebook.
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