Better health is trending. Boomers are getting older and anti-aging products abound. 

Ever since I watched “What Women Want” I’ve been somewhat fascinated. Do you remember the Nike scene where Mel Gibson is sharing what he got after ‘hearing’ the thoughts inHelen Hunt’s mind?  “You don’t stand in front of a mirror before a run wondering what the road will think of your outfit.” 

Love the line~ but, run myself? No thank you.

Some years later, I read that running is a great way to stimulate the creativity in the brain. Especially for writers. 

Well, ppppsshhh. Maybe for other writers not me.

Then, a close friend began running. We’d meet for coffee and she’d chat about her running. I’d chat about my writing. There’s the running and writing thing again.

More time passed as my writing life took on a whole new level of “serious” level. I had some articles, blogs, and a short memoir published. I finished a novel. I revised said novel. Then in 2015, I managed to attain representation from a major Christian literary agent. 

My striving for perfection in life caught up with me manifesting through an aching jaw from clenched teeth. I needed to do something to relieve the stress of every day living.

The final straw was when my dentist prescribed muscle relaxers for TMJ. I don’t like taking medicine so my dentist’s assistant said, “you should start running.”

It felt like a conspiracy. Ever had the moment when it feels like the whole world is against you?

So, I caved. And, I started to run.

Best decision I have ever made. Since then, I’ve lost 25 pounds and gained more energy. My jaw is fine and I’ve never slept better. My time on the trail is where I talk to God and listen… well, mostly listen. Funny how the one thing I fought against for so long has brought me so much life. I am so grateful to be sixteen years cancer -free and feeling better now then I did when I was in my 20’s. 

Here are some things I’ve learned on my running journey.

  • Buy a good pair of running sneakers.
  • Find a running path where fellow dog lovers and runners/bikers frequent.
  • Run with a partner. My running buddy is always up for a run. Her name is Layla and she is a rottweiler/golden retriever mix. 
  • Pace yourself. My first run ended up in a face plant in front of a gentleman who kindly gave me a hand up. And, the advice to “take it slow.”
  • Buy running shorts/capris with a good waist band. There is nothing worse than having to stop every two seconds to hike them up.
  • Ladies find excellent top support, you will need it.  And Gentleman, just do it. 

Is there anything you’ve learned to do that has made your life richer/healthier/better? Please share in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.