Is Running a Priority?

We all must have priorities in life.  By having priorities in life, we can have balance, which is just a better way to live.  But where does running fit into your life?  Is it too high or too low a priority?  These are questions we will examine, and help you ensure running is at the right place in your life.

So the first thing is to examine your priorities.  For some of you, maybe you have never really done that before.  Take a look at where you spend your time, and the things you do throughout the week.  That will give you a pretty good idea of what you value the most in life.  If these things match up with where you want to be, then good, otherwise you may want to make some changes.

For me, my first few priorities are fairly clear.  First comes my faith, then my family.  I love my wife and my children more than life, and try to enjoy the time we have together.  And that is why I try to ensure that my family is a priority over other aspects of my life. Of course I have to provide for my family, so work comes in pretty much as third.  Most people have these somewhere near the top, but after that things differ quite a bit.

For me, after those three things of faith, family, and work, exercise is not far behind.  I enjoy getting in a good run, staying in shape, and having an area that I can improve.  The benefits of running are important to me, and that is why running is a fairly high priority.

Even though it is fairly high on my priority list, I try to make sure I have balance, too.  In other words, it is possible to put running too high or too low on the priority list.  If you put running as the most important thing in your life, then your family or social life may suffer. On the other hand, if you put running too low on the priority list, then you may never get onto a run because you value going out every night as more of a priority.

At the end of the day, your running habits will be a result of where running falls into your priority list.  If you do not know where running falls in your life, then just take a look at where you spend your time.  It will quickly be evident from this evaluation what your priorities really are.

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Where does running fall as a priority in your life? 

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