Something hit me last week during a WOD where there was a “cool down” of a mile run–I was starting to like running. When did this happen? And why? Don’t get me wrong, I am still the slowest runner you have met. I am not trying to be modest. When I was running, I realized I have a pace, I can breath properly with it and it allows me to just lose myself in my songs and jog. It’s a crazy feeling. I didn’t think I could feel this way while running. For so long, as you well know, I struggled with my breathing. It made me frustrated. It feels fantastic to be on the other side of this.
And to celebrate, I am going to share some information on why running is good for you:
- Running Gives me “ME” time–when I run I am able to think about my day, or an issue…..or a Survivor game I am playing in. Either way it gives me time to process my day and leaves me feeling refreshed. Crazy.
- It’s helping me with the mental aspect of my working out in general. Running isn’t easy. I have good days and bad. Same thing with my WOD’s. And my eating. But being able to get through the rough parts mentally and keep going is making me a better athlete.
- Apparently it helps keep dementia away. Considering my family history, this seems good to me. I like being able to remember things, including people, places and embarrassing blackmail on my favourite people 😉
- Lastly, it helps me sleep better. Not that I need help in that area. I can fall asleep in 2 minutes. But for others who struggle, running can help you fall asleep faster and sleep longer. Which means you will well rested and ready to tackle the world!