It is cheaper then therapy.
Running sounds like a chore sometimes, I am the first one to admit that there are days it takes everything in me to get my sneakers on and get out the door, but when I do the feeling is amazing. This doesn’t mean you have to run 10 miles, go for a 2 mile jog and clear your head. My job is mentally draining and as much as I love zoning out to the TV nothing clears my head more then a run. Take in the foliage, the sunset or sunrise, and the feeling of being alone and in silence, trust me you will come back with a clear mind and full heart.
I have always been pretty hard on myself and unfortunately this can be true with my running, I tend to beat myself up when I have slow races but I have also gained an enormous amount of self confidence. Not everyone can run 13.1 miles. Not everyone can lace up their sneakers and fit in a long run after a long day of work. Not everyone can run through all the seasons in New England. My legs have carried me up some steep hills and down some pretty scary looking roads. My ability to push through cramps, aches and pains to get to that finish line has truly showed me what I am capable of. Running as certainly been a huge impact of increasing my confidence.
Better care of your body.
This may sound strange, but I take much better care of my body while I am training for a race. I have a bad habit of skipping breakfast or lunch, sometimes both. My work schedule can get a little hectic and so eating becomes less of a priority. When I know I have a training run or race and that I won’t be able to get through the mileage without proper nutrition it becomes a big motivating factor to make time for myself during the day and get the proper nutrition and hydration I need.
Running with a group helps you maintain accountability to those long runs and can make them more enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong I love running solo, it give me the alone time I need every day but I also know on days when I am exhausted and completely unmotivated I need the group to get me out there. I find it a lot harder to make friends now that I am no longer in school and my job keeps me in my car alone all day without other co-workers to engage with and running has enabled me to continue building friendships.