Running in the Raw: The Truth about Running

I love coffee. I love chocolate. I love running. In these and anything else we love, there is tension. We all learn at some point too much of a good thing may NOT be a good thing. How we utilize our favorite things and activities can lead us to a more holistic and gratifying life. And just as easily to an unhealthy dependency.

I am messy, inconsistent, and undisciplined at times (you can add Zach to this, too). But I believe stories and experiences create meaningful connections. So here is my authentic reveal with all of you.

The Raw Truth about My Running

I freaking love to run. You probably share this enjoyment if you are taking time to read the blog. Admittedly, I’ve been overdoing it (according to what my body–and Zach–is telling me). Overuse injuries are common among runners but can be extremely informative. It is the body saying, “HEY! Stop a minute!” Do I always listen? No. (I also struggle to turn down an extra cup of coffee or dessert.) Self-control is hard!

For as much as running has helped me, I have also misused it. A lot.

I’ve used running to procrastinate.
I’ve used running to mask insecurity.
I’ve used running to avoid relationships.
I’ve used running to escape obligations.
I’ve used running to inflate my identity.
I’ve used running to suppress emotion.

This list is hard for me to review and read again. It reminds me of my weaknesses and reveals past and even present failures. It reminds me how running can and has at times become unhealthy and unbalanced.

However, in all the same areas listed above, it also has a lot of potential to be a powerful aid in growth and fulfillment. I can also see how each of these areas can grow or improve through running.

I’ve used running to procrastinate. → I can use running to increase productivity.

I’ve used running to mask insecurity. → I can use running to center myself.

I’ve used running to avoid relationships. → I can use running to build relationships.

I’ve used running to escape obligations. → I can use running to structure priorities.

I’ve used running to inflate my identity. → I can use running to pray and meditate.

I’ve used running to suppress emotion. → I can use running to process emotion.

You can peruse the internet and follow more put-together people with tips about everything under the sun. Ironically we only promise you the opposite of perfect- our lives are messy and we have not “arrived.” We will listen, live, and learn to give you the best we’ve got as you follow us.

Live life. Run.

8 thoughts on “Running in the Raw: The Truth about Running”

  1. So insightful. Training for my first Ironman is not a moderate thing to do. You’ve identified some healthy guideposts for HOW we do the miles. The question I asked is, “Is Ironman training serving me or am I serving it?”

    1. Thank you, Sage! PROFOUND question. I am stealing this! Thank you for sharing. I would love to pick your brain at some point about your Ironman training and tips you might have for other parents out there trying to juggle life. If you’re willing, I’ll send you an email with some questions? Way to get after it! I love how you dream big!

  2. This is so true, Andi. I remember I was interviewing for a job in NYC, and I was asked to describe my weaknesses and my strengths. Pretty standard. I didn’t really care if I got the job so I was being a lot more candid than I normally would! As I was listing everything I came to the realization that all my strengths were also my weaknesses and I remember admitting that to my potential boss during the interview. He smiled so big! He said it was a wise observation and he offered me the job by the end of our conversation. 🙂
    Great post! It shows your vulnerability, but also your wisdom. I think it can be applied to just about anything!

    1. Great story, Alexa! I think there is a craving for authenticity. Your interview was courageous and likely very refreshing!
      It’s takes some work to be self-aware. I have so much to learn. Thanks for your input and encouragement!

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