The mission of Will Run For Ice Cream is to encourage a healthy lifestyle for myself and for my readers by sharing a variety of my personal experiences, real-life stories, workout ideas, along with occasional recipes and relevant product reviews. I am committed to being totally transparent with myself and my readers. #WillRun4IceCream
Hi, I'm Amy. I run. For many years I thought being a runner was the only thing that defined me - my identity. Well I'm here to tell you I'm not just a runner.
Being injured or at a time where running wasn't an option (when I was pregnant) gave me time, whether I wanted it or not, to self reflect. I really didn't have much choice when the 'one' thing that you think you are isn't available - it's super easy to get lost. And I felt myself spiraling down a path I didn't want it take. I didn't deal with those thoughts this go around with injury because with being removed from running in the past I've already had time to realize...
I'm so much more than just a runner. I'm a mom, a wife, an athlete, a blogger, a friend, an enemy (I'm sure I have just a few).... someone who enjoys reading, or watching some cheesy reality show, lover of candles, craves stability yet bores easily. And the more I delve into it, the more I realize for years I let running (by itself) identify me. And I am so much more.
Oh yes I'm a runner - proud of it. Even injured I will tell you first off that I run. And yes I'm one of those with the stickers on the car. I'm proud of my accomplishments. I'm proud that I will get up at 4am to run before the world wakes up. I'm proud of the dedication and determination that it takes and most of the time that I possess.
But it's not just running. Who gets up before 5am to make it to spin class? This girl! Who throws in some push ups in between playing trains with my son? This girl! Who plays in tents, reads books, chases Lil Man while he whoops and hollers, builds castles, makes unrecognizable animals with playdoh and watches mind numbing cartoons? This girl! Who does yoga and Pilates videos with a 3.5 year old as my workout partner sometimes as added weight? This girl!
The point being, I encourage you not to trap yourself into one label. Because like me, you are more than just 'one' thing.
I'm learning not to let one thing define me. I'm many things. Strengths and weakness make me who I am. So yeah I'm a runner. And I #WillRun4IceCream but I'm also so much more.