Lessons Learned

Putting one foot in front of the other continuously seems so simple. But at some point between sweat dripping down your face and your feet hitting the pavement you begin to realize that without running life would be nothing. Running is the closest thing you can get to absolute freedom and if you pay close attention it can teach you the most valuable lessons. Embrace each step you take, and find the beauty in the world around you.

Here are a few things running might teach you:

  1. You are capable of so much more than you have ever imagined
  2. To see beauty in the strangest things you need to first open yourself up.
  3. You are going to fail at some point, everyone is that’s just part of life. 
  4. Getting better at something requires time and effort. This also requires getting out of your comfort zone.
  5. Don’t over think things, you are not going to die. Just breathe.
  6. The days you chose not to run you will regret the most. However, please do take a day off your body needs to recover. 
  7. Some of your best runs will be the ones you were not planning to go on.
  8. You are never alone. But you are alone. There will come a time when you have to make decisions completely on your own.  
  9. Runners high is a real thing! Once you feel it there is no stopping.
  10. To enjoy the process because life is short and someday your body will not be able to do what it can do now. It’s all about the journey not the destination.

There will be life lessons wherever you go, just be open to finding them. Running will allow you to dig deep and learn more about yourself. For me it’s an escape from reality, a time to be completely disconnected, and to be honest a time when I am truly happy. Find something that makes you happy!

Daily Challenge: Sign up for a race! Whether it’s a 5k or a full marathon! Set a goal for yourself and get after it! Here is to the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

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Are you up for this challenge? I would love to hear about any of your upcoming races or your past favorites you have completed!

Run with purpose.

xoxo

Haleigh Salemi

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Daily Challenge

Picture this:  You leave the house, walk towards the bike trail, and your GPS connects to the satellites. It’s just you, your running shoes, and your watch. There are no electronics that will buzz at any moment. You don’t have to respond to anybody nor do you have to listen to anyone. This is your time!

That picture is me everyday. How do I not get bored?

The answer: I daydream. I think about my problems, the world’s problems, or more importantly what I will have for dinner. And yes I talk to myself sometimes I even sing!

As a full time college student, running is an escape. It’s my alone time away from the world and all of my problems. Most people dread long runs, while I look forward to them. Here is some truth about those long runs:

  1. Miles 1-3 kind of suck. But after that I feel like I could run forever.
  2. Running teaches me to keep moving forward, one step at a time, even when I feel like I can’t.
  3. I always have to remind myself that if this were easy everyone would do it. But they don’t, I do.
  4. I run when I feel lonely. Seeing others on the trail brings me comfort. It reminds me that I am not alone. I consider all of them my friends!
  5. Exhausting myself is the most relaxing part of my day and it brings me the most satisfying feeling.
  6. It’s cheaper than therapy. Long runs give me time to work out my problems and let my mind wander.
  7. I have pooped in some of the strangest places. It’s true if you gotta go, you gotta go.
  8. Running makes me happy. People tend to do more of what makes them happy therefore I run.
  9. Long runs challenge me. Just like I hope my daily challenge for you challenges you!

Daily Challenge: On your run smile and say hello to another runner. Even better tell him or her they are doing a good job! Some of us forget that a simple smile can mean the world to someone and push them to keep going! Here is my smile for you! IMG_4018

Every blog post from here on out will have a daily challenge. Are you up for the challenge?

Run with purpose.

xoxo

Haleigh Salemi

 

 

 

Can I Motivate You?

Don’t convince yourself to skip your workout today because it could be just what you need! No one is too busy, it’s all about priorities. I know that life can get crazy and we all live busy lives but a 30 minute workout is 2% of your day. You can dedicate 2% of your day to yourself!

No more excuses. Excuses are for people who don’t want it bad enough. Here are some reason to workout today!

  1. You will never regret a workout.
  2. Excuses don’t burn calories. Be stronger than your strongest excuse.
  3. You won’t get the ass you want by sitting on it.
  4. Either you train insane or remain the same? Pick one.
  5. Someone who is busier than you is running right now.
  6. You will get a lot more compliments for working out than you will for sleeping in.
  7. Do something for you. You deserve it.
  8. A short workout is better than no workout.
  9. Nothing will change if you stay in your comfort zone.
  10. Everyday is a fresh start. Only you can make today count.

Did I motivate you? If not maybe this will! At the end of the day it will always be YOU and your body!

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Run with purpose.

xoxo

Haleigh

A Rule or Two

Here is the thing; I am starting this blog as a way to bring you along on my daily runs. I receive some of the craziest looks when I tell people “I just ran ten miles.” The conversation usually goes on with them asking “How?” “Why?”or “I wish I could do that.” Well I now invite you on my journey. There are just a few rules we need to go over first.

  1. Leave your negativity at home. No one likes being around a “negative Nancy.” If you are not the one running, why are you complaining?
  2. Lets not judge. I realize when I said “I ran ten miles” you immediately started judging me and I do not care. I care more about what I am going to have for dinner after this run than what you think of me. But lets keep the comments to yourself.
  3. We do not compare ourselves to other runners. Everyone is different and we need to embrace that. There will be times when you pass someone and times when someone will pass you. That’s just life.
  4. Breaks are ok. Everyone needs a break at some point, some more than others and there is nothing wrong with that.
  5. Mix things up. Change up your route or work in sprints. Doing something different will hopefully get you out of your comfort zone!
  6. Talk to yourself. The thing you might need most to keep going could be a little self-motivation. Encourage yourself to keep going! You can do it!
  7. Push yourself. It won’t get easier you will just get stronger. Go that extra mile, don’t give yourself an excuse not to. Take every step that you can and then take one more.
  8. Lets have some fun! I can’t speak for everyone but for me running makes me happy. It makes life a little easier because for some crazy reason exhausting myself is the most relaxing part of my day.

Now that you know the rules lets lace up those shoes and lets go. I am excited to take you along on this journey with me! Everyone knows life is better when you are running.

Run with purpose.

xoxo

Haleigh