Rituals of Self Care: Starting the Go Green, Get Fit Challenge

I’ve been an athlete for as long as I can remember.  The catalyst my running life was in 9th grade, when a friend of my dad’s said that I had the legs of a runner– and the fact that my best friend started running track.

Nevermind that we first started running to my house during practice, making popcorn, and watching Oprah.  Eventually I actually started to run– and have loved it ever since.

Running has taken me more places than I ever thought possible. It has saved me, on many occasions, from the throws of grief, stress, the isolation of new parenthood, and sparked creativity, goal setting, and joy in my life.

While I try to run as much as I can, it is never as much as I want to. And I have trouble, as many busy moms do, with self care.  I don’t get enough sleep, don’t eat as well as I should, and don’t allow myself much needed down time for fun and relaxation. This of course effects everything:  my parenting, relationships, running, and overall wellness.

Rituals of self care.  Activities like yoga, playing my guitar, eating healthful meals–slowly, and yes, running. I need more of these in my life.

That is why I am joining 25+ fabulous green bloggers in the summer 2012 Go Green Get Fit Challenge as part of the EcoMom Alliance Sustain YourSelf™ Program presented by PlanetShoes.com. This 12 week health and wellness series is where we will share inspiration, motivation, progress (or a lack there of), and encouragement  for whatever fitness goals we have.

And what of my latest running goals?  I’ve got two big events planned for the fall–more on that later.

You know what comes next!

Will you join us?

What are your rituals of self care– and your fitness goals for summer?


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