May the Spirit Never Die

Things I’ve learned from running

Written by Danielle Young, Executive Board Member

For the last several years I’ve had a love/hate relationship with running. There have been amazing race highs, and injury crippling, fall off the bandwagon lows. The one thing I can say is, through all the ups and downs my life has taken and changes that I’ve experienced, running is one thing that has been a constant for me.

Running has taught me so many things that I never would have thought possible from such a simple exercise. Some of the things I’ve learned have been emotional or mental, while others have been physical and tangible. Below is a list I’ve put together of just some of the many things I’ve learned over the last few years:

  • Sometimes the days you really don’t want to work out end up being your most productive. The hardest part is forcing yourself out the door!
  • You have “good run” days and “bad run” days.
  • It’s an activity you can do either by yourself or with other people.
  • You don’t need any fancy equipment or classes to get in to running, you just need to go outside and put one foot in front of the other.
  • While you don’t need fancy equipment, finding a sneaker that fits properly is a beautiful thing. I recommend getting fitted, doing a test run and going a size up.
  • The “runner’s high” is a real thing. It’s an awesome feeling when you finally experience it.
  • “Hitting the wall” is also a real thing. It’s a miserable feeling, but you can push through it.
  • Running has a ton of health benefits, especially for women. An example is a study found that running women produce a less potent form of estrogen than their sedentary counterparts. As a result, female runners cut by half their risks of developing breast and uterine cancer, and by two thirds their risk of contracting the form of diabetes that most commonly plagues women.
  • You really learn to “dig deep” mentally and push yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of doing. This feeling overflows into other parts of your life, letting you know you have what it takes to accomplish your goals.
  • If you feel you may have an injury, don’t push though it. Instead, take time off. In the past, I’ve ignored my body’s warnings and ended up doing more damage. If I had taken time off when I first felt the injury instead of pushing through, it would have taken me less time to recover.
  • You feel so much better when you finish a workout than if you decide to skip it.
  • You don’t need to be fast or go far to be a runner. You just have to run.

 

Below are some links that are informative, funny and very true when it comes to running:

What Running Does to Lives…thestruggle

15 Reasons to Run

 Keep Going

Murphy’s Law for Runners

It’s Still a Mile

12 Hacks to Becoming a Morning Runner

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