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Do you ever think back to one moment and wonder if you would have made a different decision, what your life would be like? Running has impacted my life in such a tremendous way, I often contemplate, how different my life would be.
Although I was a competitive gymnast, a trained dancer, college cheerleader…it’s running that transformed me from the inside out and I’m on a mission to explore it.
I took up distance running to make our college cheerleading weigh-ins. Something which started so superficial turned into something so much more significant than I could ever have imagined.
At the time I began running in my late teens, I was still holding on to the pain of my parents’ very messy divorce. I was walking around in a constant state of anxiety, yet, running somehow made that go away. At that time, I knew while running I could sort things out in my head, but still didn’t make the connection of what exactly was happening. I kept running because I knew I needed it to keep weight off & also it helped me feel good. It was my therapy at the time.
It wasn’t until the late 2000s that I began to explore what exactly was going on when I ran. It was at this time I began studying the mind-body connection.
I realized that running had been & still was my meditation. It was through this practice which helped me, a formerly anxious & highly stressed out type A, evolve into a calm & peaceful being.
I made a conscious decision to study everything I could regarding the mind-body-spirit. When I dove deeper into my research, I became my own test subject and transformed. I healed from the inside out & felt as if a weight had lifted off my shoulders. I explored Emotional Freedom Technique, Hypnosis, Yoga, Reiki, Pranic Healing, Past Life Regression Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Shamanic Practices, Essential Oils, Yoga, Meditation, Buddhist practices, Metaphysics, Law of Attraction, The Abrahams, Caroline Myss, etc.
After a tremendous journey & enormous research, I had an overwhelming urge to write, which is how www.IndigoRunner.com came to evolve. The website name, thought of while running, as are most of my blog topics.
I’m not going to you give you a plan and expect you to grind it out with the “no pain no gain mentally”… Because OMG, the reason why we run and exercise is to feel calm…not to be overwhelmed by a workout plan?! You just want to improve your body & mind through running.
I’m gonna teach teach you how to build up running (safely) and incorporating mindfulness techniques to leave you feeling balanced, centered and calm. I break it all down in a really simple, straightforward way. So if you’ve been feeling stressed, and overwhelmed with your health & wellness journey, get ready to feel confident and empowered.
I didn’t always love running. I didn’t intend to be a “runner.” It just happened. Now, 20 years, I can’t imagine my life without it. I started running 20+ years ago, it was with the intention to lose some weight & quit smoking. I had put on almost 30 pounds my freshman year of college and was a half pack per day smoker.
I had finally had ENOUGH…I was tired of feeling unhealthy.
It was a vicious cycle- I felt overweight, ate like crap, and felt more unhealthy. I knew something had to give. At the beginning of the summer of 1999, I was determined to make a change. On a 2.5 mi loop, I started not able to run ¼ of a mile without my lungs burning and having to walk.
Fueled by my passion for change, slow and determined- I got out there every.single.day. I ran until I couldn’t, then walked and ran some more. Before I knew it, I was running the loop near the end of August. Running soon became my therapy and self-care.
I can’t imagine my life now without it.