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I’ll be completely honest; running 13ish years ago used to be all about the calorie burn for me. It is what got me out the door and was a big part of my daily motivation to keep at it.
My entire life has changed DRASTICALLY since those days, and while running is pretty much the one consistency since those days, the reason I run is so different.
This is truly one of the biggest reasons I still blog… I want to share with others that running is so much more than just ‘exercise.’ It is so much more than a calorie burn. It does so much for us.
I want to show that it is…
-One of the best ways to build friendships or to make your current relationships stronger. You run with someone, and the conversations get REAL. There is nothing to distract you and your running partner. The connections that happen when you are doing something hard together are unreal.
-One of the best ways to solve your problems…. The more I sweat, the more clearly I can think. How I react to a problem before and after a run is quite different.
-A way to prove to yourself that you can do hard things so that when the hard things in life pop up, you know you can handle them.
-The best way (in my opinion) to destress, relax (which will never make sense to me), and come home with more patience and a positive perspective.
-A way for us to set big goals and learn how to get back up and try again and again to get them.
-How I love to feel adventurous and alive. It’s too easy to stay indoors all the time and feel boring the older I get… but running keeps me exploring and adventurous. It keeps me feeling so young.
-It is something you get to do for YOU when the rest of your day is spent on others. It’s my favorite selfish activity that benefits everyone in my life because if I take care of myself, I can care for others (and I’m a lot nicer when I do).
-The best way to see where you live or where you visit.
-How we can connect with nature and the world. Something about feeling that dirt underneath each step on a trail run makes me feel one with the earth.
-An amazing way to track your progress, set goals, and go for them while having a community (online or at races or running groups) to do it with.
I could list another 100 things that running brings to us, but I hope to spread the word that running is more than something we should do… It’s something we GET to do.
I have loved working together with Core Power because I have felt like it fits perfectly with my goals for this blog. I want to help runners realize how important fueling ourselves is in training so that we get to experience all of the things running can do for us. I want to share a product that is so beyond convenient and delicious that it makes it so we have zero excuses to wait to eat after a run.
We can grab this and drink it as we move forward with our day after a run.
I am confident that the changes I made in my fueling made the biggest difference for me when getting faster. I have noticed the most significant difference in my recovery from the short runs up to the marathons and everything in between because of Core Power. I always struggled to get enough protein for all of my running before I started drinking Core Power daily, and now I get in 26g or 42g of high-quality protein in one bottle within 30 minutes of finishing my runs. They help me to recover and nourish post-workout so much.
I will be hooked for life on these. They taste so good and don’t add any protein powders; all of the protein comes from liquid dairy milk ultra-filtered to concentrate the protein. My current favorite is the Elite Strawberry. It legit tastes like a strawberry milkshake.
I want to run until I am 90 years old, and I won’t be able to do that if I am not adequately fueling myself. So, if I had to explain in just a few sentences why I am blogging all of these years later (almost 12 years now!), it’s because I want to share that running can do so many positive things for us outside of just burning calories. And if we’re going to keep doing this forever, get closer to our goals, and avoid injuries, we must ensure we are fueling ourselves properly.
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Did anyone else start running for the calorie burn and find that you do it now for many different reasons?
What is something (or many things) that running does for you?