Just because I have been dealing with injuries the past few months, that does not mean that I don’t have lots to celebrate and be proud of in my little running world. I am trying to focus on celebrating my running successes that have nothing to do with pace or distance.
Celebrating Running Successes
Warming Up and Post Run Stretching
Being vigilant about warming up before runs has helped me to return to running faster post injury. Hopefully, this will also pay off in helping to avoid future injuries. Properly stretching and foam rolling post run sets me up for better recovery.
Setting a plan each week for how many days I plan to run and sticking to that plan is something to celebrate. Being in a routine with exercise feels good.
Mental and Physical Rewards
Embracing the many positive psychological benefits of running makes me smile. Running endorphins provide me with empowering feelings that increase my self esteem. Having a stress outlet is priceless and helps me be more productive in the rest of my life. For me, the social aspect of running is a huge motivator.
Heart Healthy Gifts
I am celebrating the gifts that running gives my body. Running helps to keep my heart healthy and my muscles and bones nice and strong as I age.
There are so many things to celebrate about running that have nothing to do with pace or distance. What are some of the benefits of running that you celebrate?
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