Saturday, May 19, 2012

other people may not have high expectations of me, but I have high expectations for myself.


Lately I have started running again. I used to run back when I was in elementary school - I took part in Cross Country every year, and in high school the running requirement was the only way I passed gym class.

Physical activity isn't something I naturally enjoy. I'd so much rather be sitting on the couch with a good book. However, being active is something I've been trying to make a priority in my life. I want to be strong and healthy instead of tired and grumpy.

This morning, I dragged myself out of bed - which was incredibly difficult - and put on my running clothes. Getting started is the hardest part. Once I was out there, my sneakers connecting with the pavement and my iPod busting out One Direction, everything became clearer. I felt proud of myself, connected to my body, and accomplished.

When I want to stay in my bed all day, I aim to remember that feeling.


What is your fitness routine like?

xo Shannon

27 comments:

  1. Running is great I need to exercise more only go biking once every few weeks

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  2. I prefer cycling, rollerskting or walking. I hate running. I have always hated it and I think I will hate it forever :D

    eisaamitte.blogspot.com

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  3. Whenever I run, but I'm just tired and want to stop I think - It's such a blessing that I can run and I should use that. I always imagine the beauty of the movement of the body. It just motivates me. So run while you still can! Or just find whatever sport is right for you ;)
    xxx,
    http://evamilano.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. I used to hate running but in where I live is really hard to roller-skate so i took up running last year. I'm terrible at it and I don't do it quite as often as I should, but I started to like it! I like exercising at home, some sit ups and stuff like that, but that doesn't exactly get you thinner xD

    http://myveryownoneyearproject.blogspot.pt/

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  5. Running is a good way to feel free and let the bad feelings and energy out :)
    -Maya
    http://mayaandsusannah.blogspot.com

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  6. I love running!!!!

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    xoxo

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  7. I love running and am so proud of you for getting out there! good job!

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  8. good for you darling..
    I do bikram yoga everyday...its hot yoga 1:30 yoga class in about 110 degrees it takes a lot of determination and will power and i always feel great after words. I have been practicing for about 3 years.

    well enough about me enjoy your run darling!

    Love, www.TheShoeocracyBlog.com

    Za

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  9. Haha, I hate exercising!
    I know it's awful.
    I'm so out of shape.

    Nice blog you've got here.
    Maybe you could check out mine?

    I'd love it if you could publicly follow me.
    (It's the only way you can be entered for giveaways and things)

    -XO Abbigayle Rashae
    -trueblueabbi.blogspot.com

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  10. girl...good for you!!! just keep working at it!!
    props to you for pushing yourself!
    I teach dance, but doesn't keep me nearly as in shape as if I were to go running on a regular basis. but I do take a barre body sculpt class and that whips my butt!

    <3Amanda
    feast.fashion.faves

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  11. Nice post, I am a bit of a fitness freak now a days . . . workout pretty much everyday, and hopefully doing the marathon next year.
    AImee
    www.new-yorkdoll.blogspot.com
    xxx

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  12. You've inspired me to start running from this post, it's such a cool statement at the top too.

    xoDale
    http://www.savvyspice.com/

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  13. I used to work out now I am lazy and as you say sitting around like a couch potato has not helped me.
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  14. Nice blog darling¡¡¡ New follower¡¡ I invite you to mine¡¡ xoxo

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  15. Oh yay! I wish I were more into running - I fall into the too lazy to get out of bed category, and definitely the "still look pretty afterward" category, haha!


    ♡j
    sorelle in style

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  16. I started running again too and feel fabulous!! Keep it up :)

    <3 Denise

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  17. Very nice, liked.
    agoratopronta.blogspot.com
    beijos Vanessa.

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  18. I completely understand what you mean! I used to teach at the gym about 5-6 times a week so my fitness regimen was pretty extreme. I still teach a few classes but I've slowed down.

    Running though is still the hardest for me. Good luck and keep up the momentum!


    oxo

    ML
    Twenty York Street
    www.twentyyork.com
    Follow me in Twitter: @20YS

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  19. Good for you for starting to run again! I absolutely love running, its my way to get out all of my stress, i probably run about 4-5 miles 5-6 times a week and I try to do pilates three times a week!

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth

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  20. I love running ;) And the last pics great haha xx Nini

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  21. I totally agree!
    I go running 3 morning at week all year long, i feel so great after it!!!
    Last pic is so funny! XD
    xxx

    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it/

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  22. Congrats on starting to run again. It's a good feeling to get back into it. :)

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  23. Love your blog!
    Where are you from?
    Check out my blog!

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  24. I go gym, occasionally, I love being at the gym but I dont like the journey there :) I think I should have a home gym. I do ab and bum exercises at home!.. xx

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  25. Shannon I'm so happy for you!I had to drag myself as well in order to start running and I did it 4 days ago.I felt proud of myself.I know its really difficult but keep up the good job!!!
    xx

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