Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Are you selfish?

By: Janell
I am truly excited to be a part of something that is a group effort. We desire to raise awareness about all things running, fitness, and loving life. I have learned so much about myself through this experience. I believe we all have, which sparked the desire to share-we couldn't possibly keep it for ourselves! 
I do believe that running and getting fit starts with how you feel about yourself. More times than not, it starts from a place of unhappiness about where we are and a desire to be somewhere better. Maybe it is a goal weight, a goal distance or maybe it is just being able to play with our kids without feeling winded. Whatever it is, it starts with you; believing in your goal and believing YOU are capable of reaching it. 
For me, running is my sanity. It is my ‘me time’ I take during the day to think, pray, relax and regroup. It hasn't always been that way. I have loved sports and athletics my whole life for the competition, but it became a true passion when I found, after I had my firstborn, that I was a better wife, mommy and worker when I made the time to workout. Then, after having my second child and needing the loose 60 pounds! I found that it is not selfish to take the time (or make the time) to invest in myself, but rather, benefited myself and those around me.  My goal is always to fit it in when it least affects my family which can be tricky. You will usually find me up at 4:45 am to get my run in knowing my day was going to be busy or going on my lunch break or after my kids go to bed. I believe the saying that you make time for what is important to you. I know we as moms and women spend so much time giving and caring for others and so little time putting back into our bodies all that we give.

It goes beyond running. We want to encourage you to take care of yourself by eating well, taking a quiet moment for yourself, not over stressing and living every moment intentionally. We are all in the learning process on these things.
Running enables us to run away from depression, unhealthy relationships, lies about who we are, frustration, anger and into confidence, strength, contentment, happiness and peace.
For me, I will never be the fastest runner or win first place but I am completely ok with that. I am truly grateful to be out there racing, training, chatting with a running partner, and I love every minute of it. My goal is progress. I stand grateful to God for the ability to run as well as the many relationships that have come from it. I encourage you to find your ‘happy place’ and allow yourself to not feel guilty about the time you take just for you to refocus and regroup from the pulls of life.

So, what is it for you? Where do you find your sanity?

How can you take the time to ‘deposit’ to even out your ‘withdrawals’?


  1. Thank you, Meredith! I appreciate all of your support and encouragement!