Have you heard of ‘intuitive running?’ I’m sure you’ve heard of intuitive eating. I’ve written a few posts about the struggles with intuitive eating. But this week, I actually wanted to share another concept of ‘intuition’ called ‘intuitive running.’
Running is one of my FAVORITE exercises. It really almost isn’t exercise to me, but a couple years ago, it became… a drag.
I started to hate running because it was like something I ‘had to do.’ I always felt like I had to ‘hit a pace’, distance, or burn a certain amount of calories. Running became more of ‘striving to hit new goals’ for the sake of being an over achiever rather than enjoying God and enjoying His creation.
About 2 years ago, I started to take a dip into the world of ‘intuitive running.’ I think it’s actually what enabled me to start intuitively eating more than obsessively calorie counting.
What is intuitive running?
For me I would define it as, ‘running by feel rather than numbers or a watch.’
How did I do it?
- I unplugged the ipod. I would run with thoughts, prayers, and just meditating on things that God is teaching me or was teaching me. It felt less rushed and more peaceful.
- The next one was harder. Next I unplugged the watch. I did more runs without the watch and ran by effort instead of pace. I felt a sense of freedom as I wasn’t spending most of my time staring down at my watch and getting stressed by not hitting paces.
- Instead of doing it to get a workout in, I started to cherish the time as time spent alone seeking the Lord, thinking about Jesus and how amazing it is that He really does set the captives free, and getting things back into perspective.
Now am I saying, ‘Don’t use a watch. Don’t use an ipod.’
Not at all. Different strokes work for different folks when it comes to running, but this concept of intuitive running helped me rekindle my love of just moving to move, running because I’m alive, and savoring the moments instead of counting the calories.
Before we get into the eats I want to share some of the runners who inspire me and have taught me through their running journeys.
Ellie is one of those hard core long distance vegan runners that is always blowing races out of the water.
Kaila recently did her first marathon. And she ROCKED it.
Sarah also did her first marathon, and she was such a blessing with sharing her tips for nutrition and so much more during her training.
Em talked about her time off from running this year, and it really made me think about my relationship with running.
Brie is STEADY. She knocks that training out so consistently, and she has a wonderful balance of good nutrition, detailed training recaps, and super smokin’ race times.
Susie. This girl is a fighter. She reminds what it is to be strong and courageous in battles with injury and discouragement in training. She is a blessing, and I thank God for her vulnerability and her truthfulness in the ups and downs of injury.
These girls all keep me humble with their amazing race times, consistency, and devotion to such a wonderful sport. They remind me that running is not about the calories but about the beautiful time spent out in a beautiful world.
And don’t forget. There are so many ways to enjoy God’s creation without running. For example go for a hike underneath a waterfall or ____ (fill in the blank)
Truly it is awesome to be out there and see God’s sovereign, Almighty hand and His glory and beauty in His handiwork.
That is the best part of running, and when I remember that the calories kind of …. disappear.
Then there’s ‘intuitive eating.’
Okay, so we can’t say that I’m doing WONDERFUL on this, but I can say that God is enabling me to conquer the lies of ‘calorie counting’ and ‘having to calorie count’ all the time.
I’m very ‘loose’ with calorie counting now, and I would say that I probably go over 2500 calories without really caring as much as I used to, for which I’m so grateful…
Yesterday was a D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S day of eats. I know that these ‘WIAW’s are not everybody’s ‘thang’, but I love them for some odd reason, so I’ll just keep on keepin’ on with my little ‘WIAW’ posts.
Pre-Run Breakfast (small because I was running): A delicious piece of toast with Naturally Nutty Honey Vanilla Peanut Butter (I’m managing their Instagram for them which has been fun!), Nutiva Hazelnut Chocolate Spread, and LOTS of jam.
Lunch Part II: I had Brown Cow Cream Top Yogurt with a slice of chocolate bread and more Nutiva.
Dinner: Impromptu Enchiladas. Rudi’s Gluten Free Tortillas with chicken, bell peppers, jalapenos, tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, salsa, and ranch. So good.
Lately life has been more …. overwhelming, and I’m thanking the Lord for His refreshment that comes in the evening and during the day when you sit down to eat with the family or go out into the peaceful outdoors.
‘He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.’ (Psalm 23:3)
He does restore my soul.
Dinner Scenes: I love listening to my mom and sisters talk. They always keep me laughing and thankful.
Does your family do that to you too?
Dinner Dessert: Some more Brown Cow Yogurt with leftover Eggnog Coffee Cake. 🙂
Lately I’ve really been thinking about this passage from Ezekiel 36. Sometimes I get so micro-sighted that I forget that the gospel is God’s action, God’s work, not me. I get discouraged about my sins, failures, shortcomings, and I honestly have a hard time seeing how I could ever go to heaven to be with God.
But it’s all Him. It’s not ultimately me. He does a good work in me. He changes me. I’m a vessel in His hands, and without Him I can’t do anything.
‘Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.’ (Ezekiel 36:25-28)
Now tell me:
If you’re a runner or you like to do a certain exercise, was there ever a time when you felt like you were getting too sucked in by the numbers?
Do you like being ‘intuitive’ or would you rather stick to numbers?
Fun Question: Would you be running for salty food or sweet food at the holiday snack table first?
(Linking up with Amanda and all the other blogger gals and guys to ‘Think Out Loud’ too!