Why I like to RUN

Posted by Matt Lane on February 23rd, 2016 filed in Exercise

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I didn’t get into long distance running until 2012 after a friend talked me into running the Grand Rapids Marathon. But since then, I’ve been hooked.

Here are my top 3 reasons:

  1. It’s good for my brain
  2. It’s good for my body
  3. It’s good for my soul

Running helps keep me sane. No really it does. I suppose that most forms of semi-rigorous exercise would fit this bill however running is simple and you can do it pretty much anywhere. It allows me to think if I want to or to just completely check out. Both are super helpful.

Obviously exercise is good for you however chronic cardio is actually not the best. So I try to balance it with good cross training and also by not pushing myself every time I go out. LOTS of
easy miles
is essential. That being said, pushing my body by going farther or faster than I’ve ever gone is exhilarating.

I love listening to podcasts while I run. Sometimes I hang on every word while other times something that is said starts my brain down a rabbit trail and I miss several minutes of what is being talked about. Whether I listen to every word or not, listening and learning feeds my brain and my soul. If my running schedule gets condensed, I REALLY miss my podcast time!

There are more benefits of course but these are my top 3. I’m mostly an introvert so you can see that (mostly) running by myself fits the bill. Conversely, running in community is huge for others.

How about you?

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