Why I Run…
We all know that exercise and diet go hand in hand to maintain good health and well being. I love yoga, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, cycling and even dancing around the living room with my daughters. But the exercise that balances me more than any other is running.
When I started running years ago I was motivated to get home to my young children faster than my walking would permit, and to get a better workout in less time. Slowly, my daily walks turned into runs. And when that happened, the greatest thing of all happened. All the conversations that went on in my mind when I walked, stopped when I ran. Running was like moving meditation. My focus was solely on my breath and putting one foot in front of the other. Every time I went for a run I came back feeling as if I had just accomplished something I never thought I could do, and that feeling spilled into many aspects of my life. In fact, I’ve often believed that I would have never written CLEAN FOOD had I not started running.
I’ve heard all the counter arguments…that running is jarring, too intense and extreme. But for me, it is my saving grace and it was never more clear to me than this past weekend as I embarked on a two day journey running with 11 of my dear friends in a relay from New Haven, CT to Boston, MA.
These men and women have seen me at my best and my worst, and are always there to remind me of both just when I need it! We run together every weekend, and many days in between. After a long hard week, there’s simply nothing like knowing that 10-15 of your closest friends are going to be there waiting for you at the end of your driveway first thing on a Saturday morning. A girl couldn’t find a better therapist!
This particular group was our relay team this past weekend (plus Judy, our blow-up doll mascot). Together we covered 200 miles in 26-1/2 hours. This is my fourth relay and immediately became a favorite – perhaps because this year I needed the escape and the change of pace (in every way) more than ever. There are few opportunities in life that allow you to walk away from complete reality and throw yourself into an intense experience, connected with amazing friends (both old and new), that pushes you to your limit, allows you to contribute to a team, fills you with humility and pride at the same time, and nourishes you with more laughter and life-long memories. Running a relay does just that.
Here’s a look at our weekend of running!
My endless gratitude to my teammates – those that ran this weekend as well as those that couldn’t. It is an honor to be part of this amazing and talented group of athletes who combine intense competition (even though they swear they are not!) with over-the-top fun. Here’s to many shared miles in our future.
Eat clean, live well, run on!