What If Everyone Ran?

by Melissa on March 10, 2014

It’s time. I’m ready. Some may call me crazy for letting it go for so long. Some may think it’s just been an excuse. Some may say I just gave up.

But I didn’t.

I just follow my heart.

You see, running for me has never been easy. Ever. I’ve written about my evolution as a runner not once, but twice. I’ve written about how I felt it saved my life. I’ve written about how it’s one of my greatest accomplishments. The thing is, we all have a story. Running might be incredibly easy for some…like they were born to do it. Running for others is simply there as a workout. No connections. Nothing deeper than calories burned. Some people have been running for decades, and some for only a few years. Some just started. Some ease right in and other continue to struggle.

There’s one thing that running is for everyone, though: beneficial. Like whoa.

Mizuno, who reigns as the running brand in our household, recently shared an amazing statistical analysis that gives the public an idea of just what would happen if everybody ran. To me, this isn’t a surprise. I know what running can do for the body, for the mind, and for overall health, but this isn’t the kind of information that is known to everyone. The numbers are astounding, really, and are nothing short of motivating and inspiring.

To give you a quick idea of the ones I felt were the most important (this list is huge!), if everybody ran,

  • 7 billion more hours would be spent outside
  • 48,081,000 fewer cigarettes would be smoked (which means we’d see a major decrease in cancer cases!)
  • 143 billion fewer dollars would be spent on health care
  • 135 million fewer hours would be spent watching TV
  • 200 million inches lost from American waistlines

(You can read the paper explaining the analysis here.) It’s amazing. It makes me smile.

Not everyone can run, but you never know until you try right?

You don't know until you try
For me? It’s never been easy. It does get easier, but it’s never been truly easy. One of the lessons running has taught me is that everyone has a story – that everyone comes from a different place. I happen to have a pretty emotional relationship with running, and I miss that. And here’s where I get a little personal…because, like I said, everyone has a story. As many of you already know, I blamed it (and myself) for the miscarriage I had back in July, and it’s been tough getting my head and my heart back into it. My heart’s been pushing…and pushing…and pushing…but my head’s been pulling me away. Blaming. Connecting the bad with the good. I thought I was ready to recommit in November, and I started to…but as the cold weather crept in, I began to think about all the things I wouldn’t be experiencing.

But I know that God has a plan for us. For me. And I know that, but I haven’t been myself…and things won’t change until I let it back in.

Because I gave up on something that made me free. That made me happy. Something that made me the healthiest I’d ever been. Something that let me ease the stress, clear my mind, and open up. Something that connected me to nature. I gave up on running…and I haven’t felt the same since.

I’m ready. It’s going to hurt. It’s going to be tough, because I know how long I’ve been without it. I’m going to start slow and steady…and I’m going to listen to my body. The weather is is warming up, and I want so desperately to feel that sun on my skin, feel the dripping sweat run down my face.

It’s time. And Mizuno said it perfectly…

“And it all starts with one more run.”

It’s time for me to run. So by the time you all read this (whoever’s still out there reading – I’ve been gone so long)…I’ll have either already run or be running my first run since November. Today is my oldest’s 7th birthday. Time is flying, and I need to keep being a role model for my girls. I need to be strong.

I need this.

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