Both yesterday and today, I went out for a 5K run.  I have my reasons and I thought I’d share them with you today.  First off, I run because I have cool shoes.  I got them just over two years ago, for working out purposes and even though they are starting to wear out, I do enjoy running in them and thankfully they don’t hurt my feet at all.  And yes, I know it’s a pretty silly reason, but whatever motivates you, right?

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When I run, or workout for that matter, I usually wear my favorite Short and Savage t-shirts.  My brother in law Matt Lu designs them and they have a great message.  So I like to think that I’m running with purpose when I wear them.

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Today, one of the reasons that I decided to go for a run, is because it’s cold in our house.  Fall is finally here and we’re trying to play that game where we hold off on turning on the heat when we can and for as long as we can.  It’s a cold game we play, and warming up with a run helped me win today.

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And just let me be honest.  I’m not a pretty runner.  I’m also not a fast runner.  But I don’t think that you have to be either.  Running is a task that just about anyone can try and one that doesn’t take much to be successful.  Anytime I run or workout, I know I’ve succeeded.  And it’s a great feeling.

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I run because it’s a great way to enjoy a beautiful day.  Today was less cold than yesterday and I know that because my toes weren’t frozen for the first mile of my run.  And that is something that I was thankful for.

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It was a little windy, but the wind was at my back on the third mile, so that made it just a little bit easier.

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I also run, because I love to see the water.  Running down to the Bay means that at the end of my first mile, I get to see this beautiful sight.

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I love being out in nature and running for me is a bit spiritual as well.  I have great Christian workout music that I listen to and I also love to pray as I run.  And during my run, I see God’s hand in so many things.  Today, I saw such beauty and it was incredibly uplifting to me.

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I finished my run, underneath the most fiery red leaves right by the school.  And as I struggled to breathe normally again and wiped the sweat from my eyes, I felt a precious release of the little stresses and anxieties that weigh me down.  To be honest, getting rid of stress and worry is the main reason that I run.  I wish I could say that I’m strong enough to just get over my worries.  But I’m not.  And I’ve learned over the years, that exercise is the best and most healthy way for me to deal with them.

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I know running isn’t for everyone.  But I’m doing my best to make it something that is good for me.  Because we need to take time to do those sorts of things.  They help us de-stress and balance out life in a simple and beautiful way.

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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