Friday, 26 September 2014

5 Reasons Why I Love Running

My favourite route along Albert Embankment

Tomorrow morning I am doing the Women's Running 10k in Finsbury Park. It will be the first race I've run since my last disastrous half marathon a year ago. I have a dodgy hip, a leg which insists on going dead somewhere around mile four, and my training has been painful to say the least. And yet, I am unbelievably excited. I might not get the time I hope for and I might exacerbate my dodgy hip and end up walking funny for while, but I don't care because I'll be pounding those pavements doing something I love and proving to my non-runners physique that I can, and will, do it.

I have been asked before why I like to run so much and it's actually pretty simple. Let me break it down for you.

1. The Quiet Waking up at stupid o'clock in the morning, lacing up my trainers and heading out before anyone else is even thinking of stirring is such a peaceful feeling. Although I live and run in London where you're hard-pressed to find any kind of solitude, it is surprisingly quiet running along the South Bank at dawn. Quiet and so very beautiful.

2. Anger Management Running is an excellent way to release any pent-up frustration. I tend to do short fast runs when I'm particularly worked up as I find channelling my energy into speed is a really good way to let go of any unwanted thoughts. You can't really focus on anger when you're busy trying to run your fastest mile. Starting arguments with people in my head is also an excellent way to get up a big hill.

3. The Buzz This is probably the most obvious reason for loving running: it makes you feel so darn good. If I do a really good run - hell, even if I do a really bad run - I feel like I can take on the day. 

4. Strength I run to prove to myself that I can. I run to improve to remind myself that I can do things, that I can achieve something if I put my mind to it. There is also an element of needing to prove to others that I can which probably isn't healthy. But for the most part I run to know that I can, and knowing that I can makes me stronger, more confident and a lot happier. This is the main reason I run.

5. Thinking Time Running is pretty conducive to thinking. I think about all sorts when I'm out. Sometimes really mundane things like what I'll cook for dinner, but other times I'll think about the big stuff, like what my life goals are. Goal setting whilst running is a good way to allow yourself to aim high - if you're on mile seven and still feeling strong then your motivation levels are probably taking quite the boost. There are days though when I don't want to think about anything except my legs, my lungs and the way my feet feel as they hit the floor. And that's alright too.

Running for me is more mental than physical. The physical aspects are huge and can't be ignored (hello, thunder thighs), but what I take from running and the many positive results are all mental. I run to feel good, to feel strong, to feel confident and, most of all, to have faith in myself.

If you're a runner why do you run? 

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  1. Good luck!
    I used to be a runner but had to stop when I became pregnant as I got awful morning sickness. A year later, I want to start again but boy am I going to be out of shape! I liked the quiet & thinking time too.

  2. I only run during the summer, when it's light enough at stupid o'clock to make out where I am running (I live in a very rural area). Like you, I enjoy the peace and the time I have to think while I'm running. With little kids in the house, this quiet time feels extra precious. Do you know the book "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall? It's non-fiction with all sorts of interesting little tidbits about why and how people run.

  3. I'm most definitely not a runner, but I should really do SOMETHING. Maybe go for an early-morning walk instead, get that glorious dawn quiet and thinking time and fresh air without the hip-jarring and lung-burning. It's all hills around here, with poor footpaths and pavements, which doesn't help. I need to do something more physical and mental health-beneficial though. Thanks for a little inspiration! Maybe I'll start this week when my parents are away and there's no one to pass comment on it. :)

  4. Thank you! Even when I've had a break and come back to it I can just about manage to ignore the pain and focus on the calm. Just! I hope you enjoy it as much when you're able to start again.

  5. That's probably very sensible. I love the fact that I can run anytime, but I do miss the quiet of running when I lived in the country. I've not read it but I've heard a lot about it. I really enjoy reading about running (it's great for motivation!) so I will look it up.

  6. Walking is definitely just as good for the quiet time and seriously less painful! I have such a bad hip at the moment that I'm almost considering slowing down for a bit, but I know I'll miss it far too much. I hope you find something that works for you and no one makes too much of a big deal about it! :D


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