As many of you know by now, I chose the name of my blog because of its Biblical significance (Hebrews 12) and because of my lifelong love for running. I always feel a little bit strange writing about running because I run so infrequently these days. After spending my teen and early adult years running just about every day, and even working my way up to a marathon 15 years ago, my knees and status as a stay-at-home mom have brought my running to almost a complete halt.
I’ve learned to be content with waiting to run again. I know this is a very important and fleeting season of life, when my husband and children just need me to be here. Sure, there are still occasional evening jogs or walks, but I’m not considering any true, intentional training until I have a bit more free time. However, this isn’t to say I’m completely ignoring my physical fitness.
I get a lot out of at-home workouts in the evenings, after the kids are in bed. There are a lot of choices available for no charge through our cable company. I think that’s pretty great. I’ve found that as long as I’m doing something active, consistently, that I look and feel the way I want to. My fitness goals are a bit vague, but I want to build muscle without getting bulky, to be lean, to keep up with my kids, and keep the metabolism going strong. If there’s anyone else out there with similar fitness goals, I’d love to chat and encourage each other, by the way!
I took a big step towards motivating myself to being active in some way every day, this past weekend: I bought new running shoes. This was part of my dear husband’s birthday gift to me. I turned 36 this weekend, and I know he heard me make a comment the other day while looking at old pictures that I had worn the same running shoes since our 3-year old was a baby. Oops. Sunday after lunch, V and my parents took the kids to get frozen yogurt while I went by myself (all the parents know how significant solo outings can be!) into a running store. A very kind and bubbly sales associate, a fellow mommy, helped me assess my gait and pick out a suitable shoe. Wow, did those shoes feel good. She told me I had a great neutral gait, and that my form looked good for having not been running much at all. Even those 20 seconds on the treadmill were invigorating–the heart of a runner never stops beating!
I haven’t taken the shoes out on the streets yet, but I hope to soon. I did wear them to exercise at home last night, and so far they are just right. I am glad I worked out last night, on my birthday, because it felt like the right way to start off a new year of life. I am so very thankful for a strong, healthy body, and I want to honor God by taking care of it. Plus, my mind feels clearer and calmer, but also more creative and energetic, whenever I exercise vigorously. I see no reason yet why 36 can’t be stronger and more fit than 35!
How about you? What are your favorite ways to keep your physical body healthy, strong, and active?