Why Do I Run? And Why You Should Join Me

Jennifer_Stephens_3Why do I run? I run for many reasons: for my physical health, for my mental health, and for my spiritual health. The physical benefits of running are that it makes the heart strong, increases your HDL level which will lower overall cholesterol, produces white blood cells which in turn builds your immune system, and burns more calories than any other exercise. So I can eat, and I love to eat (pizza and root beer, please)! My mental health is improved because when I am running I am not thinking about what is going on in my life. I am listening to my body, and I am thinking: Hey, was that a pain in my hip? Are my feet straight? Is my hamstring getting tight? Am I running upright? or How much farther is the finish line? It is my time to get away from the world for a little while. Not to mention the boost of serotonin and endorphins that are released in the brain. I run to find peace to get away from the to-do list, to get away from all the tragedy in this world, and to refresh my mind. I look around and see all of God’s creations: the sky, the clouds, the birds, the water, the cows (yes, cows on the trail — we are in Texas). I take time to talk to God. I thank Him that I have the ability to run and for all the wonderful blessings I have received. I praise Him and just listen for His voice; while I run I am still . . .

And sometimes I ask for His help to finish the run . . . hehe.

Why should you join me? It is a way to build a community, to build relationships, to have someone to motivate you, and to encourage you. You should join me so you too can be still with God . . .

Meet me at The Trailhead at Clearfork on Saturday morning at 7:00 am. We will do a four-mile out and back (I will mark 1 mile if you only want to do half the distance), and then enjoy coffee and breakfast at Press Cafe. There will also be a Farmers Market if anyone wants to hang around after and do a little local shopping.

If you are planning on joining, please fill out this waiver. You can fill it out online, or print one and bring it with you. I will also have waivers with me if you forget or decide to join at the last minute.

See you on the trails,


P.S. I am looking for volunteers who would like to help with check-in and at water stops in the future — click here to sign up! If you can help or have questions, please contact me (jstephens@myfumc.org) at 817/363-3291.


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