Mental Benefits of Running

If you’re writing a blog that hasn’t been updated in almost a month…bad, bad kat. Between my training, a (completely amazing) trip to Vancouver, work and other social engagements, I’ve been neglecting to update this.

But now that taper madness has set in, I figure I’ll try to make up for lost time. 🙂

I’ve been thinking lately about how it will feel to complete this marathon; it is seeming quite likely at this point, as long as I can avoid the falling pianos over the next few days. I’m reminded of a talk I had with my good friend Susan about running half marathons. Susan had never considered herself a “runner”; as such, her continual achievements at something she never thought she’d be good at (running an 8K, making it 10 miles, then completing a half-marathon within her goal time, among other things) gave her the confidence to pursue all kinds of other challenges.

I completely agree. I’m convinced that my running and general fitness level not only allowed me to enjoy my travel, but to take all kinds of risks I otherwise wouldn’t have (such as hiking 13 miles in Argentina, among other things). Sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if this part of my life is real. Even though it’s been almost three years, the fact that friends sometimes look to me for running or fitness advice still kind of boggles my mind.

But aside from the goal-oriented benefits of running, on a day-to-day basis, I honestly can’t imagine life without it. One of my friends says that running is better than therapy, and there’s nothing better than waking up aggravated/upset about something, lacing up the shoes, and being able to find peace and/or resolution and ending up happy. The one downside of my marathon training is that my various exercises are so regimented that I haven’t been able to just let loose like I used to (though there’s something to be said for making it 4+ hours in a park by yourself).

And that, frankly, leaves out a bunch of other benefits I get from running…but that’s content for another day! 🙂

(FYI, check out Susan’s excellent Saucy Living blog at http://lordbyng.net/sauce/)

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One Response to Mental Benefits of Running

  1. Susan says:

    Aww, thanks Kathleenie! You are a real inspiration in my life!

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