High school was not the best time for me when it came to exercise. I packed my schedule with homework and extracurriculars and volunteer work and a job, but didn't put any time aside for exercising, except the 20-30 minutes I got in gym class (provided I had gym that marking period). So when I graduated this June, I made a pact with myself that I would start working out.
Schoolwork, activities, volunteering, working- all of it is important, but so is taking care of myself. And if I don't take care of my body, it's going to make all of that other stuff a lot harder to do. This is my new mentality, one I'm taking with me to college in just a couple of days (Side bar: oh sheesh I'm going to be a college student in a couple of days when did that happen aaaaaaaaaah but yaaaaaaaay.)
With this in mind, I've been running a lot this summer and on Saturday I'll be running a 5k with a couple of friends. I've discovered I really like running- it makes me feel strong and healthy and at peace with myself. So naturally, I have to relate it to YA.
Below are the best YA books for running inspiration.