Ever considered upping your personal fitness goals? Have you ever thought about running longer distances? Maybe even completing a marathon? You may have read about the benefits of running and fitness for kids in this article . Today, Tara Lord and Kristen Long, both moms and teachers, join us again to share the benefits of distance running to both your health and sanity. I’ve also shared some affiliate links for running shoes that I have used and really like.
“Lots of people run but the only competitor that really matters is YOU,” said Kristen, owner of Run Mama Run, a clothing line for runners. “Completing a race, no matter the distance, is a huge accomplishment. Beating your personal record during training is an accomplishment in and of itself.”
“Completing marathons allowed me to see how strong I really could be,” said Tara.
Seeing your own power makes it easier to get through tougher, more stressful times.
2. Distance Running is great for families.
“I want my kids to grow up seeing that fitness and health are important. If they’re along with me whether running or in a stroller, they’ll see that,” said Kristen.
Tara agrees. “Through running, not only am I proud of myself for setting goals and sticking to them, I’m showing my daughter the importance of self-discipline.”
Generally, long distance races have shorter “fun runs” for children and other family members to try. That way the whole family can participate. Besides, running wears little people out, making a nice post-run family nap an option. Sleep is an amazing sanity saver.
3. Healthy Lifestyle.
Distance running is a fantastic way to lose a few pounds. Aside from the cost of good shoes, you don’t have to pay for expensive equipment or a gym membership.
“Running has really helped me keep my weight under control,” said Tara.
We all tend to feel more sane and in control when our clothes fit, now don’t we?
4. Connecting with other runners
Running is a great way to meet new people and connect with old friends. Tara and Kristen had gone to high school together and reconnected once they had kids.
“We would run along together, both of us pushing a stroller,” said Tara. “It was a great opportunity to get fit and talk.”
Venting and running? Sign me up…
5. State of Mind
Like most teacher-moms, Tara has to work to achieve balance. “Running keeps me grounded,” she said. “It’s time for a mental break.”
Kristen agrees. “Some people need to run like others need coffee. I do get that itch to go running. It just makes you feel so much better after.”
So there you have it. Now you have some motivation to pull your old running shoes out of your closet and hit the road. Imagine how great that nap will feel when you’re done!