Raise your hand if you love running. LOL. More people probably rolled their eyes instead of raising their hands. This year’s resolution included hitting Apple’s monthly challenges. This month’s challenge was 1,190 exercises minutes, the calorie burn number was off the radar this month. Since running and I do not have the best relationship. Do you ever think “I’m slow, “my body hurts”, “Am I being chased?”…. when someone ask you if you lie running? Welp, we are in the same boat. So March’s 1,190 minutes were dedicated to running and getting out of that headspace. I few lessons were learned this month and I want to share them with you.
Why you should work on your relationship with running:
- Release Stress and Clear Your Head: When you’ve had a long, crazy day and had to deal with some dumb stuff or you have a complex issue you need to figure out. GO FOR A RUN. Running boosts serotonin, dopamines, and endorphins that give you a natural high. It’s hard to be stressed out if you’re high on life. With the new found boost and quiet time, you will find it easier to sort out daily curveballs.
- Builds Your Confidence: At first, you may start off with a little negative self-talk. But as you cross milestones, like running for longer than 5 minutes without stopping, hitting your first mile, or discovering a breathtaking trail, you will feel a sense of pride that is backed-up with positive self-talk. I can assure you, you will walk around with a little extra perk in your step and a bit more confidence.
- Convenience: No equipment needed! You don’t have to pay a gym membership, you can do it alone or with friends, you do not have to choose a time slot – You can go whenever you feel like it without getting into a car or you can find a trail that inspires you. Split times, perfect technique, or longer distances doesn’t have to be an issue until you are ready. Start with little goals that make you a better person than you were yesterday. YOU ARE A RUNNER.
I felt all this for the last 4 weeks. I dropped 2 minutes off my 1-mile run on accident. I was just self-talking myself to not stop running. Finding apps that will track your running stats are helpful and motivating. You just might fall in love with running. By the way – I surpassed my challenge and started back mountain biking with the new found strength.