One of the worst parts of running is having so much time to think.
Yesterday I logged in 7 miles and 3 more this morning, making a total of 18 for the week. I found myself asking my two year old niece's new favorite phrase, "What! Why?"
What is the purpose and why am I doing this. Without having a solid answers for both of those questions, my motivation and drive would not exist and working out wouldn't happen. I don't love or hate running, or exercise in general; I enjoy it. It's satisfying and rewarding, but it's work.
Here are some of my why's that help me mentally push through:
- I want all areas of my life to glorify Christ above all else, and taking care of the one physical body He has given me is being a good steward
- We aren't guaranteed to be free from pain or disease on this earth, but I don't want my body to prematurely malfunction because of my lifestyle choices.
- Perseverance ---> Character ---> Hope (Romans 5:3-4) Not only is running great for my physical body, it's exercise for my Spiritual life as well. Pushing through a difficult workout builds character, and character leads to hope. I can always use an extra helping of all three.
- Should I have kids of my own someday, I want to have the energy to explore and adventure with them. I want to go running, biking, hiking, skating, and any other -ing activities that come along. I want to model for them what living a healthy life looks like. Until then, I have two sweet nieces and a classroom full of kiddos that I need to have energy to invest in.
- Simply stated, workouts that push and challenge me make me look and feel better.
" Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." -Galatians 6:9
Write down your WHY. Make a plan of action. Find an accountability partner. You've got this!