Why Running

Why Running

Why did I choose running later in life for physical activity when I have never been a runner before?

When I was in my mid-40’s, I needed to make some changes for my health. I had high blood pressure and needed to lose weight. In the past, I had tried going to the gym. It just did not work with my schedule and having six children. For many years, I used exercise DVD’s in the living room, but I was ready for a change. I also wanted to get outside more. So I decided to start running. I found an app for my smartphone called, Couch to 5K (C25K). I figured that was a good place to start. I talked to my family, and when I started out the boys would go with me and ride their bikes while I alternated running and walking. Mostly, I was walking. I enjoyed my time outside in the evenings with the boys. There are so many options for exercise, but once I started running, I was hooked. I have been running for more than three years now, and I have no plans to stop.

Benefits of Running

In the past three years, I have seen many health benefits from running. My blood pressure is lower. I have lost weight. My cardiovascular system is in better condition. I can tell this with my lowered resting heart rate. My asthma and allergies have not been as troublesome since I started running outside in every different kind of weather you can imagine. (With suffering from asthma symptoms, I had to learn to breathe properly.) My endurance in doing everyday tasks is better. I have more energy. I sleep better at night. My children are active with me, so I am passing on a legacy of healthy habits. My diet is healthier, since my body requires proteins, vegetables, and carbohydrates to fuel my level of activity.

Another benefit of running has been the friends I have made around the world who are also runners. I have made running friends online, and I have made many running friends in person at group running sessions and races. There is something special about the racing community. They are a friendly bunch for the most part. When I have participated in races, I am always encouraged when someone shouts a word of encouragement to me. By the same token, I shout words of encouragement to runners along the way, too. I have heard it said that even when you first meet another runner, you are already friends. I have found this to be true. Runners share a bond.

Running has allowed me to challenge myself mentally and physically. Running is hard and fun all in one. I don’t allow myself to set limits on what I can accomplish. I have run in races from a 5K to a marathon. There is a lot of training of the mind and body to progress from running 3.1 miles to running 26.2 miles. Three years ago, I could not imagine that I would run a marathon, and now that I have run two marathons; I know that it is possible. If you asked me how I trained for a marathon, I would tell you that I did it one step at a time. I trained over many months. I ran on days when the weather was not optimal. I ran on days when I did not feel optimal. You never know on race day what the weather will be or how you will feel. This fall I ran a half marathon in very windy and rainy conditions. That was what the weather was on race day. I could not change it, but I could go out prepared for it and give it my best. That is exactly what I did. It was a rolling hill course, and every time I was going up a hill, it was blowing rain in my face. Those conditions made me stronger mentally and physically.


Got my Finisher Medal!

Marathon #2 Complete!


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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at https://tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.


Why Running — 4 Comments

  1. I love reading your posts!! I am a fellow homeschooler, as well as a beginner in the running world. Your post on running gives me courage and determination!! Thank you!!

  2. Ah, that was a reminder I needed to get back to a regular exercise routine! Impressed by your determination – thanks for sharing:)

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