The Real Reason I Exercise

The-Real-Reason-I-exerciseThis picture is from winter training last year. I was working toward my first half marathon and Saturday mornings were dedicated to my long runs.

I love looking at this picture because it instantly reminds me how I feel when I am out on a trail. I am filled with gratitude for my body and that it can move. I especially love it when I’m alone to my thoughts. Obviously, it can’t hurt to have snow gently falling as I run either. That my friends, is magic.

I wrote about the real reason I exercise for the Fort Morgan Times this weekend. I wanted to share my favorite quotes with you on the blog.

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Can you relate?

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The end of the article talks about how morning exercise prepares me to deal with the morning hustle with more control and patience.

“Last week, I was on my favorite trail in Fort Morgan alongside the South Platte River. There was a heavy mist in the early morning air, and the only sound was my gray sneakers hitting the gravel. Instead of just burning calories, I got another gift.

I felt awe.

It’s the feeling when you watch the sun first wash over the day. When it peeks over the horizon and you get to see what it uncovers. I wanted to keep that feeling all day.

It’s not something I can measure, but it hushed the stress of the school morning hustle. The need to quickly pack lunch, review spelling words, and find missing shoes doesn’t bother me a bit after watching the sunrise.” (Read the full article here.)

I hope your week is filled with good things. I’m getting some school lunch hacks ready for a dynamo post. Just for you.

1 Comment

  1. lisazmfa says:

    Great essay, Alli. It’s a gift to have a body that can walk, run, stretch, ride a horse!
    I do not take my long walks/jogs with my German shepherd for granted. Or cantering my horse over jumps. It makes me think of Jane Kenyon’s poem “Otherwise.” xo
    http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/050.htm

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