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If you’ve been following along on my running journey, you’ve probably heard me refer to “sanity miles.” Today I’m breaking down exactly what sanity miles are and what they mean to me. I’ll also share some tips on how I got started running and how you can too.
The term “sanity miles” embodies the feeling I get when I run. My runs help me feel sane, regain balance, and take care of my mental health. There is a connection between psychological and physical health, and running benefits both your mental and physical well-being. There is such a strong connection because running is a very mental sport. Your mindset and thoughts affect your performance. Similarly, running can clear your mind and help you get to know yourself on a deeper level. Sanity miles help me be balanced and mindful as I work toward wellness goals.
Running has been an essential part of my life for the past ten years. My wellness journey has not always been easy, but it has helped me navigate many changes and stay balanced. Running allows me to slow down and process all of the things that life throws at me. Not only have I participated in races, but I’ve also challenged myself to reach personal goals through solo runs. For example, during the stress of the pandemic, I used running to ground me and give me something to look forward to. I challenged myself to a 4x4x48 Challenge to close unfinished chapters of my life and fully embrace what was coming. I dedicated each run to a person or people I was grateful for. Before each run, I journaled about that person and recalled 4 of my favorite memories with them. I started each run from a place of gratitude and made it my goal to be fully present during each mile. Combining mindfulness, journaling, and running has brought me closer to myself and brought me unexpected clarity throughout the years.
I’ve also brought some sanity miles challenges to my followers. A couple of years ago, I partnered with some incredible organizations to help raise funds. I also created Sanity Miles September in 2021 as a group running challenge. The challenge was to walk or run 40 miles in the month of September. Participants also received 40 prompts for journaling, one for each mile. FYI – The best way to be in the know about future sanity miles challenges and products is by signing up for my email newsletter at the bottom of this page!
I’m grateful to use my platform to share my journey with sanity miles. I’ve shared my story and helpful content for starting your own running journey through social media and my blog. Here are some pieces of advice that can help you on your mindful wellness journey:
I recently launched some mindful running products to help others along their running journey. On the Sanity Miles Shop, you’ll find a running journal, and a deck of 100 journal prompts. When I started my running journey, I noticed a lack of resources and tools created with a focus on wellness and running. The journal was designed to be a place where you can document your mileage information and your running reflections. It encourages you to practice self-care as you move and connect with your mind and body on a deeper level. You can document 150 runs and use the included journal prompts to practice mindfulness as you reflect on your movement. The deck of cards contains an additional 100 journal prompts on four topics—reflection, looking ahead, self-care, and celebrating loved ones. These products were designed to be used together to help you on your journey of self-discovery through mindful running.