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Why I Started Running

From time to time I post random things from my life in a effort to possibly help encourage people. I want to share part of my journey with you. Running has a ton of benefits, we all know why we should run, but I wanted to share with you a few reasons why 18 months ago I started running.

Here is my story, why I love running, and how it helps me as a creative.

Growing up I was always the big kid. I was always active, I played a lot of sports, but I was still always big. I liked to call myself Husky, but if I am honest, I was a fat kid.

In college I did the Atkins thing, and dropped about 80 pounds, eating nothing but salads, and a ton of meat. Also with no exercise. The end result was that I skinny, but it was probably the most unhealthy my heart has ever been in. The weight stayed off about a year, then I realized I liked bread, it came back almost immediately.

About two years ago, I launched my design studio, I was working two jobs and trying to bootstrap my business. I was working 20 hour days, spending very little time with my wife, and eating like crap. At one point, I started having a panic attack, I called my doctor and was told that if I don’t quit working two jobs, I could have a heart attack.

Something had to change, I was lazy, not taking care of my body, and it was effecting most of areas of my life. So, after seeing my brother-in-law loose a bunch of weight and run his first marathon, I was inspired to get healthy.

In the last 18 months, I have gone from not being able to run quarter of a mile to running in two half marathons. I have also lost 60 pounds in the process. I say this not to brag, but to encourage. If I can do it, anyone can. Seriously. I hated running with everything in me.

1. Running will give you more energy and help you be more productive.
This might sound crazy. I thought I would have no energy left after running, but running has provided me with more energy than I have ever have. Now that I have more energy, I find myself being more productive.

2. It will challenge your goal setting ability.
I’ve wanted to quit every time I’ve started training for a race. Running has taught me to push through the tough times and hit my goals.

3. It will build confidence.
For me, the hardest part of getting started was that I was embarrassed about how far I could run. My wife was a much better running that I was, and I honestly felt dumb having to walk after a half mile.

But, I can look back and see how far I have come.

4. It provides time to think.
When I just need a break for work, or life, I go for a run. It gives me at least 30 minutes, for short runs, to a couple of hours, for the longer ones to think.

So what about you? Do you have any activities you’ve started and noticed an improvement in your professional life?

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