KatieKatie Katie Parsons is the creator of Mumbling Mommy and is a freelance writer, editor and communications specialist. She works from her home office on the east coast of Florida. Most often she writes about life in a combined family of five children and what it's like being a full time work-from-home parent. Feel free to pitch guest post ideas or just drop her a line at katie@mumblingmommy.com.

I started running in March 2012. After realizing I needed to do something about my extra “baby weight,” I decided to grab a pair of running shoes and hit the treadmill. I was never a runner. In fact, if you were to tell me that I would be running my first half marathon in a year, I would have laughed hysterically. Here are the three lessons from running I learned about myself and running in the past year:

3 Lessons From Running

 

1. It gets easier. When starting out, running makes you feel like you’re going to keel over and die. Running for 2 minutes feels like an eternity. Running a mile is likely going to kill you (at least it feels that way).

2. Do not buy cheap running shoes. You’ll save yourself a world of hurt if you just suck it up and buy some nice Nike, Asics, ADIDAS, etc. This also goes for running attire. Under Armour all the way for people who really love to run. Your undies and your butt crack will thank you.

3. Running is very empowering. Seriously, you feel as if you can rule the world once you conquer that first goal, whether it be running one mile non-stop, completing your first half marathon, or just being able to run without feeling like your legs are going to fall off and you’ll crumble to the ground. I’ll share my latest feat in running. I ran my first half marathon on May 5th, 2013. I didn’t get to train like I wanted due to having to work part time and attend school throughout the winter months, but I completed it and I’ll be running my 2nd in September.

Running has brought me so much peace, especially training for my first half marathon. When you’re taking care of two young children day in and day out, it really can put a damper on your mood. Running helps clear my mind and helps me de-stress from the day.

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