There are some days where I feel like I have to remind myself to breathe. The busyness of life and being pulled in different directions leaves me worn out and exhausted. These kinds of days are where I have to have a break, and do something for myself. In fact, I have been so crazy this week that I haven’t had a chance to share something pretty great with y’all. This past Sunday, I was fortunate enough to be amongst a group of people, who needed a time out for themselves, and were able to just come together to run. It was kind of fantastic.
This event called “The Air Out There”, was a community wide 2-3 mile race hosted by Lululemon Athletica Franklin and their legacy ambassador Mandy Oakes. The idea behind the race was simply to get people out and moving, and allow a break from the craziness of the holidays. To take care of yourself, and allow for some serious needed “me” time. It is amazing what some fresh air can do for you, and how it can clear your head and mind. It certainly energizes me and it seemed to energize my fellow runners that day. Mandy’s enthusiasm didn’t hurt that either. Thinking about it, I had more energy that day that I have had all week!
I love running and love “me” time, so this concept was a win for me. However, the 25 degree weather and brisk wind, made this run more challenging. I had invited my friend and running partner Julia Stevens to go with, so I knew we could do this no matter what the weather was like. Julia and I have been running early mornings pretty much since I moved here. It makes it so much easier to get up and get out when someone is waiting on you. That accountability pushes and drives you. It was really cool on Sunday, how new friendships formed and stress was alleviated all by taking a moment and stepping outside together.
Exercise, especially running, is an important part of my day and routine. It keeps me sane, or at least helps. The slogan that Lululemon has called this “the air out there” is perfect. There is something that transforms you when you are out there. It gives you energy and clears your soul, it gives you life. It doesn’t have to be running, but just moving outside. When we got back home that evening, I felt inspired and motivated and like I could take a deep breath.
Thank you Lululemon Athletica Franklin and Mandy Oakes. I’ll see you out there!