annnnd we’re back to the September Blogging Challenge, which i admit has largely been a fail for me. i’ve been super busy lately and obviously haven’t been blogging as consistently, so i’ve missed more days than not, but i’m still going to try to keep up with some of these in the week of September we have left.
let’s first stop to recognize that it’s officially Autumn! as sad as i am to see Summer and everything it symbolizes slide behind us — and man, did i ever have an amazing summer — i don’t know how anyone can not adore Autumn in NYC. it’s such a lovely season, and i’m praying for some magical Indian Summer Days (and the ability to run again in this golden weather)–
which transitions directly into today’s focus for the blog challenge: my fave form of exercise.
well, ummm…..do i really need to say it?
i mean, i diiiiid name this blog after it…
and it basically cures all my bad moods/negative thoughts/personal insecurities, boosts my confidence in myself and my ability to set goals and push my own limits, and it gives me the personal time and space that i so desperately need to build into my busy life here in NYC.
running has been such an integral, defining aspect of my entire adult life thus far, and i can’t even begin to enumerate the ways in which it’s shaped me, changed me, pushed me, surprised me, challenged me, made me a crazy person, and kept me sane. it’s such a personal journey for me; something i love with every fiber of my being, unadulterated by any outside influences or others’ opinions or expectations other than my own unwavering desire to bound out of bed and into sneakers and take on the world one morning run at a time.
i love running because it’s something i do entirely just for me, on my own, and can do anytime and anywhere, with very little paraphernalia (hi, lace up and go) or preparation. i love it because it’s part of my family legacy; because it makes me feel strong, and healthy, and accomplished, and just overall great about my life; because it’s measurable and i can track my progress and see how far i’ve come. i love it because it’s hard, and it gives me a sense of empowerment and overcoming obstacles; because it’s made me fit and happy and balanced. i love it because it’s entirely mine, and nobody can interfere with it or take it from me or tell me how to do it “better.” i love it because sometimes, there’s nothing in the world like seeing a pink sky stretched out over the morning river in the very quiet of the day and knowing it’s all mine, for that frozen moment in time while my feet hit the pavement and continually teach me the art of forward motion with each new dawn.
Your turn: What’s your fave exercise, and why?
Something you wish you could do/want to learn but haven’t yet? definitely surfing for me! hopefully one day.