Monday, June 28, 2010

What I'm Running Away From

We always hear that it's not good to run away from your problems, right? Well, I have a new twist on that old advice that says it's just fine, as long as you're sneakers are in good condition.

Yesterday I ran four miles on my treadmill (in about 43 minutes) for the first time in at least five years. Though I am still not at the pace I'd prefer, it felt really good, and I ended up with more energy than when I'd started.

I realized, as I huffed and puffed to my favorite play list, that I'm running away from some things:

  • Overly stuffed fat cells
  • Increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and early death
  • Depression and anxiety symptoms
  • Sore feet that carried too much weight, and rusty joints
  • Missed physical opportunities with my children
  • Missed physical opportunities with my husband ;)
  • The shame that follows a binge
  • The embarrassment the comes with being heavy
  • The sadness that comes with feeling like a failure

I'm sure I could add to this list, and perhaps I will, as I think of more. But to focus on the positive side, here's what I'm running toward:

  • The healthiest and longest life that God is willing to give me
  • Special memories made in all sorts of locations, during all kinds of activities with my precious family and friends
  • Long days at the pool, in a SWIMSUIT, rather than in pants
  • Happy times shopping for clothes that look nice and fit me well
  • A good example set for my girls
  • A body that is capable of running and playing and lifting things
  • Days that don't revolve around food and its over-consumption

Again, I'm sure this list will grow as I think of more benefits that come with the direction I'm running.

How about you? Are you running away from something and/or toward something else?


  1. Great job and fabulous pace! I'm very impressed. This is such a great way to look at things - perfect! I am still running towards better health and fitness and I hope I never stop.

  2. wow.
    this is such a great post in that I have many IRL friends who are running away from stuff---and NOT THE GOOD STUFF you detailed above.

    thank you for the mental shift.


  3. I think that's a great pace and an awesome post! Perfect reasons to run away from certain things but run towards others!

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