2016, 46.9.26, 365

2016 starts tomorrow, and this interview today may very well save your life.

Not too long ago I began noticing an intriguing string of  posts on Facebook from my friend Stephanie. Each picture looked similar to this one:

Over the next few weeks, these pictures began to make sense: she chronicled her running everyday for a year.

In 2015, she ran every single day. 365 days. In the rain. In the heat. In pain. On vacation. With headaches. With family. With Facebook watching and, eventually, rooting her on.

2016 starts tomorrow, and I thought, let’s get motivated.

You know that goal you set?

  • To lose weight? It starts today.
  • To get in shape? It starts today.
  • To sharpen your learning? It starts today.
  • To deepen your relationships? Yep, you guessed it… It starts today.

Stephanie inspired me to set a few goals for 2016 (which I’ll share with you later in January), so I interviewed her so that maybe she can inspire you too.

Out of all the exercise options out there, what made running the best option for you?

Stephanie: Running requires little gear and you can do it ANYWHERE. It’s simple and natural. Running is also my happy place, my own therapy (I’m a therapist so I hear lots of hard things from day to day). Running is a way for me to unplug and just be present- looking at the Lord’s creation, hearing myself breathe.

What prompted you to run every day for a year?

Stephanie: I saw a post on FB that a friend had posted about his friend who had completed 1 year of running daily. This encouraged me to give it a try. I’ve done 5ks, 10ks. Half marathons and a couple whole marathons so this felt like a different challenge!

Were there any rough, unmotivated days? How did you push through?

Stephanie: The first month was really hard! After that it started to just feel like a daily part of my life and routine– like brushing my teeth. There have been some tough days. Particularly when I had a tooth extracted, had the stomach virus, and a terrible head cold. But honestly, pushing through made me feel better! I have developed so much mental fortitude and strength!

Was there ever a point you thought, “I’m not going to be able to run”?

Stephanie: Honestly- once I started, I knew stopping wasn’t even an option. I’m a little OCD and very Type A. When I put my mind to things, I grind and see it through–Lord willing.

Tell us about your support system for running.

Stephanie: I started with my husband Scott’s support and my kiddos! They think I’m cool for running! That grew quickly as people starting seeing my posts. I’ve had so many people reach out to tell me that they’re rooting for me and that I’ve encouraged them to do the same. It has been so cool. I love inspiring people to be more healthy!

What differences did you notice in running from the beginning of 2015 to the end?

Stephanie: The major differences I have noticed would be: mental fortitude, speed, and just plain strength. I also feel better about me.

What do you want to tell people about setting goals and following through with them?

Stephanie: Set a goal a press on! If you fail, pick back up and start right over! You will become stronger if you keep at it!

So what’s next?

Stephanie: What’s next? I think I’ll just keep running. 

If you’ve been inspired to run for 365 days in 2016 (starting today!), join her Group on Facebook.

I want to leave you with a couple of verses to encourage you on whatever you decided to improve this year:

26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. – 1 Corinthians 9:26-27

What goals are you setting this year? 


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