Running doesn’t define me

     Ok ya’ll…hang with me if my thoughts aren’t perfectly strung together.  It’s 6pm.  If you have kids, you know EXACTLY what this means.  I knew when I started this blog that I was opening myself up to the opinions of others.  I knew it was a risk because at some point, as you read about my life and see glimpses of it on a screen, you form opinions.  For many of you, we’ve never even met face to face.  But, I feel like I know you already.  It may sound crazy, but it’s true.  I know I have kept to mostly running posts but today I wanted to talk about something that I’ve been thinking about since I saw a post on FB from another blog.  I hope this encourages you.  That’s why I’m here.  To be an encouragement.  

     So as I was scrolling down my newsfeed today I came across a post that caught my eye.  It was related to running…so of course, I read it.  It’s not important who it was or what it was about, but it contained some strong opinions.  Some for the benefit of running were voiced, some against.  Hear my heart on this…I never, NEVER, want to give you the impression that running is all there is or that it’s what everyone must do to be fit and healthy.  I know I have run in my blog name and I talk about running…sometimes ad nauseam, but I sincerely hope that whether you are a runner or not, you feel encouraged.  I want you to feel challenged to be active and healthy and to enjoy it.  Lord knows life is too short.  I enjoy running.  No, I LOVE running. However, that doesn’t mean you have to.  I am not JUST a runner.  I love Jesus.  I love to lift heavy stuff, cycle, swim and be outside.  I love to hike up mountains, go on vacation with my family, see God’s creation and spend time with my husband.  I love to look at the ocean, spend time eating desert and coffee with friends and play hide and seek with my kids.  I LOVE hamburgers.  I’m not married to running.  It doesn’t define me and I’m not serving that master.  Is it tempting to do so at times?  Absolutely.  It can quickly become an addiction and something I find myself struggling to release.  Anything can.  It can be a god to me if I’m not careful.

     I know that the God who made me, who gave me this ability to run and the love of running, could choose to take it away at any moment.  I grew up watching my dad run.  He loved it and ran almost every day.  I was always amazed watching his dedication.  7 years ago my dad was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disorder.  It would eventually rob him of his speech, mobility, fine motor skills and ability to swallow.  Right now, my dad struggles to sit down and stand back up. I’ve watched him go through this struggle from a distance as I live away.  However, any time I’ve sustained an injury, not been able to run for some reason, or had a bad attitude about a day in training, I think of my dad who can’t run.  It’s not always about what form of exercise is going to produce the “best results.”  My dad would probably do anything to be able to walk without assistance much less run. I know that my love of running isn’t what defines me.  If it is, what will I do one day when I can’t do it anymore?  I hope you see that in the way I write to you, the things I share and the things you see on this blog about my life.  It’s not the most important thing to me.  While I love it and am so grateful to do it, I do not expect everyone to love to run or commit to becoming a runner.  Find something you love to do, and go do it if you are physically able.  

     If you love to lift, then lift.  If you love to swim, swim hard.  If you are an adventurer then go explore amazing and wonderful things and share your pictures and experiences with me…(I love Texas, but I’m desperately missing a good view).  Whatever it is you choose to do, do it well.  Rest in knowing you can be fit, active and healthy doing a number of things.  My thing doesn’t have to be your thing.  I hope you find encouragement from me regardless of where you are in your life and your fitness journey.  We all have limitations.  We all have things we can’t do or eventually won’t be able to do.  Life happens..to all of us.  So, enjoy your today and enjoy whatever it is that you have the ability to do.  Know I’m here to encourage you and cheer you on from my office chair with my spaghetti on the stove and kids running around my living room.  Everyone needs a little encouragement and today, I felt I needed to give it to you.     

2 comments on “Running doesn’t define me

  1. Well said! Sometimes I think as runners (or anyone who is passionate about something) we find ourselves talking about that more often than anything else…but it doesn’t by any means mean that it is the only thing we have in our lives!

    WhatTheHeckWhyNot?

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