It has completely changed my life.
I have loved running since I was a little kid. I loved running and playing with friends. I loved field day and running the sprints and the longer races. I ran track in high school.
But somewhere along the way running became a bit of drudgery. Something I just did to stay in shape. But that changed in 2005 when my brother asked me to run the Chicago Marathon with him. I ran that first marathon in October of 2006 and loved every bit of it. So much so that I ran the Los Angeles Marathon in March of 2007.
I felt on top of the world. Then our first child was born in July of 2007 and I never quite made it to the starting line again of a marathon. I had signed up for two, but could never get in the training with the lack of sleep, poor diet, time constraints, etc. I ran a Susan G. Komen 5K and half marathon along the way, but that was it.
But this last February I got back into the swing of things by running my first 50k race, the Cowtown in Fort Worth.
That was an amazing event that has really helped me transform my life in the last few months.
But as much as I love running, one of the reasons I do it as well is to help stave off depression and anxiety. Many of you know that I have struggled with anxiety for most of my life and I find that running is a huge antidote for me. The same can be said about depression, because the times in my life I have been depressed, running has helped me.
Have you thought about running to help with your anxiety and depression?
Check out this cool infogrpahic: Jog Your Way to Better Health (see below)