5 Reasons that I run

So, we all hear over and over that steady state cardio is not the way to burn fat. We are all told that we need to lift weights for results. We are all told to do this, and to do that. I was told that I had to stop running to be able to gain muscle, and I listened. I spent a good 6 months where I believed it. I am so glad that I decided to start back. I wanted to share today just why I run {when everyone seems to be hating on what they like to call 'cardio'}. Tomorrow, I will share with you the steps to be able to incorporate both.

Can we start by not calling it cardio? It's like not calling a soccer player, a soccer player. It's like telling them they are just kicking a ball or something. It's not cardio. I'm a runner. ;) 

1. I LOVE IT.

How about that? I'll be danged. It's quite a foreign concept in the world of fitness and health to actually enjoy yourself but there is nothing like finishing a run. There is nothing like completing a race. Nothing can compare. Tanner is finally understanding now that he's training at high mileage. It's just amazing.

2. IT CHALLENGES ME 

Y'all, I know that "cardio" isn't easy. Everyone wants to talk about how they hate cardio. Well, that's most likely because it's hard work. But, I'm okay with that. I want to challenge myself. I want to be able to look back at something and be proud that I accomplished it. I want to be an ATHLETE. I want to be able to prove my placing by my ability to perform and train.

3. IT GIVES ME SOMETHING TO TRAIN FOR.

I absolutely ADORE training season. I love pushing myself knowing that there is a deadline and I'll get to cross a finish line. I get emotional when I think about it because my passion just burns so much for it. 

4. THE COMMUNITY

I have been in many fitness communities. They are all wonderful, and they all have really wonderful people, but there is something about endurance athletes. They get you. They don't compete with you. They don't want to change you. They just accept you for the insane nature of running in extreme weather. They understand when you give up things to train. They just ... get it. 

5. IT GIVES ME ALONE TIME

I'm a hyper focused human being. I tend to be very determined in everything that I do. I know that running is just another thing that I'm doing, but it's actually a time that I can get away from the chaos and just have the quiet of my mind to just pray and think about the day. As the mileage gets higher, the endorphins become more intense and at the end of long runs, you feel on top of the world {with today being an exception where I didn't complete my long run-WHOMP!}

6. BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO SAY I CAN'T.

Hehe ;) Pretty self explanatory but I just wanted to prove that I could. I found those that modeled my style. I let them inspire me. I wasn't sure if it was "okay" at first but I wanted to do it so I just did. Now, I couldn't imagine things any other way. Alex Viada has modeled hybrid training and is releasing a book on March 3rd that I'm EXTREMELY excited about. He is an ultra runner and can also squat/deadlift 700+. He is a freak of nature but he teaches that everyone can do this. And so can you. 

I hope that this will inspire you to not worry about the steady state cardio rumors and get to running.

With love and running,

Katie

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