I’ve now been running on and off for nearly 5 years ; its one of those sports where so much emphasis is placed on fitness & timings that you forget about benefits such as stress relief and state of mind. When I consider my own reasons to run I often also get clouded by comments on timings, pace, races and fitness and forget that the real reason I enjoy running is that it gives me time in the day where the only thing i think about is myself. I look forward to putting my favourite music on (loud!) blocking out the world and clearing my mind. When i get back from my run sometimes i cant even remember the things that went through my mind, other times I reflect on the day ahead/day gone by and sometimes I even ¬†manage to solve something my mind was struggling with previously.
“For me, like so many others, running is the answer. Out on the road it is just you, the pavement, and your will.”
It is for this reason that running becomes “addictive”, but what does this really mean? after all running isn’t easy! I often feel like running is a love/hate relationship…some days I cannot wait to hit the road whilst other days I hate the thought of leaving a cosy house to hit the freezing weather. Running is hard work and is painful but at the end of the day we all know the classic saying “no pain, no gain” and I will never regret getting myself into the¬†habit¬†of running.
I love hearing stories of how people got into running; although a lot of people take it up for fitness reasons often i hear stories such as helping them get over a tragic event in their lives, for a charity, a challenge from friends or as a bet but whatever reason someone gets into running I’ve never met a single person who did not agree that running improved their mental alertness, state of mind and focus. These benefits fall into our everyday lives and for me personally has recently had a significant impact on my day at work. Even when I’m extremely busy I now always make time for a run, it’s an important part of my day and as odd as it sounds I achieve more in 8 hours in the office than I did when i was there for 12 with no exercise.
‚ÄúYou will never find time for anything.¬† If you want time you must make it.‚Äù
Since working in a fast paced environment I’ve always struggled to keep a work/life balance – although its been (& still is at times) a challenge it is running that has enabled me to achieve more, see more, stay focused and start to have a work/life balance.