“It’s my own space, my own time, when I’m just out there letting my thoughts go. It’s a part of my day like eating, and it’s one of my favorite parts.” — Louise Kent

I know you know that I love Thanksgiving. The cooking, the eating, the time spent with family and friends. It’s all so nourishing — on so many levels. I get to nourish my creativity by helping to cook/bake/roast an awesome feast. I get to nourish my relationships by sitting around the table and bumping elbows with some of my favorite people. I get to nourish my body with tasty food. And I get to nourish my spirit with thankful thoughts. But I think I would feel slightly unbalanced if I didn’t get outside and move sometime during the holiday as well.

Running nourishes my body of course, but it also nourishes my mind because I am able to work through some of my difficult thoughts. I’m able to let go of things that have been bothering me, or make peace with them. It nourishes my emotions because I can run out any negative energy I’m carrying around, or give myself something to be happy about — a run well done, a solid effort. It nourishes my relationships because I’m able to spend time with people I normally don’t have a chance to get together with, or it gives me and Micah a chance to talk and reconnect, or it gives me the opportunity to take my boys to different playgrounds and parks to play at. And it nourishes me spiritually because I am out in God’s world, enjoying His creations, often asking Him for help and guidance as I raise my family, support my husband, serve my friends, and develop myself to be the best I can be.

I love the quote at the top because it reminds me how important it is to nourish ourselves in ways that have very little to do with food. And that’s my tip for today: Make running a part of your day like eating. Nourish yourself with movement.

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