Coleman (my 7 yr. old)- "Mom, why are you and Dad so obsessed with running?"
I told him that we are training for a marathon and once it's over with we won't be as "obsessed." It's funny because I don't feel obsessed but now that I look at it from his perspective I can totally see why he'd say that. We do talk about our training schedules a lot because we are always trying to work around each others daily schedules to fit it all in. Coleman is a boy who loves routines so he definitely notices when things change, even if only slightly. And lately, he's noticed a bit more running. :)
First of all, Will is definitely not obsessed. My sweet husband is only doing this marathon to support me and check it off of his "bucket list." I asked him the other day if he likes running, even a little, and he said, "No." It's just a means to an end for him.
For me, it's so much more! Running makes me feel alive! I just feel such a sense of freedom. The more I push myself, the more I realize that I can push myself. Or even better, the more I realize that self-imposed limits are useless. It's just such a great way to draw out those feelings of self-confidence in all other areas in your life. Maybe it seems dramatic but I love knowing that when things get hard, I'll push through. And I get to feel that way every time I run.
The reason I started running in the first place was as a self-treatment for postpartum depression after my 2nd little boy was born. And it worked! Who knows where I would be if I hadn't put in the work back then when things got hard. That's not to say that would work for everyone. I feel some people really do need the help of medication but my husband pushed me to try anything and everything before turning to pills and I'm so glad he did. I fought him a little at the time but I soon realized that he really had my best interest in mind. And here I am healthy and happy all because I started running and taking care of my body. What a blessing!
So, obsessed- nah.
Addicted- um, maybe.
Happy- yes, yes, YES!