Running can be therapeutic and serve as a means to care for yourself if you set it up right. I walk and run to enhance my life spiritually, physically and mentally and I'd love for you to do the same. I want to share my personal evolution through conscious efforts of using running as a self-care tool in the hope that it inspires you to care for yourself the same.
This is what I do:
Every Sunday is my long run/walk with God. It's a non-negotiable self-care and gratitude day. I find a route, plug in my favorite earphones and get going. The spirit fuels me as I express thankfulness through forward motion. I think of nothing but the good that's present in my life. I count all my blessings and give thanks to God for every single one of them. Words can't express the positive, joyful headspace this activity generates and the unbreakable state of mind it develops. To share a more specific example of this kind of experience and what I felt this last Sunday involved me going out as usual and this time around I gave thanks to God for giving me the courage to bring the Roadrunner Zambia concept to life. For helping me believe in myself when I wrestled with doubt and fear. He helped me see the value of my passion project. It really warms my heart when people reading my blogs tell me that I encouraged them to take up running or that I entertained them with a personal story and educated them with personal advice. If you run with God just once a week, then maybe on one of those days He might just show you your path. I've found purpose, peace and encouragement through this process, you might too.
Here's how you can care for yourself through running:
Just because you can walk and run everyday doesn't mean you should take that gift for granted. Say "thank you."
Sunday run playlist: Karen - Ni Lesa Fye, Olivia ft Pompi - Imagine, Pompi - Mulungu Samagona, Jay Rox ft Tim - Glory, Abel Chungu - Pamakufi, Excess Love - Mary Chinwo, HillaryJane - God of Always, Hillsong - What a beautiful name, Kirk Franklin - Imagine Me, MaryMary - Shackles, Jesus Culture - Your love never fails, Marvin Sapp - Never would have made it, Tasha Cobbs - Gracefully broken, Lecrae - Don't waste your life, Cece Winans - More than I wanted