What running does for my mind

In my twenties, I caught the running bug.. I trained for 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and marathons. Yet after some health issues, I gave up on running and become a couch potato. Six months into my weight loss journey last year, I sought out running to beat the boredom of the treadmill and elliptical at the gym. I drove to a local running path in San Mateo and started to slowly jog around the path not necessarily having a goal in mind but just being able to enjoy the outdoors. I was huffing and puffing after a couple of minutes and would walk a little.. Then run again. The next thing I knew, I ran two miles. I felt so accomplished. I still had it in me to run even though I have been away from it for so long.

Although, running has toned my lower body and helped my cholesterol, it has done wonders for my mind. It instills a certain calm within me that no drug or food could ever do. I have never been one to show my emotions to anyone but something about a run connects me to  whatever emotion I am feeling during that day. I have been known to pull off the side of the path and just let myself cry for a couple of minutes, dry my tears and continue on with the miles.  Some wonderful ideas and solutions to some issues I have been thought of from my runs and it has led me to make positive changes within my life. Running gives me the ability to explore my beautiful city and appreciate views like this below from the Lands End Trail..

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Running continues to fuel my sense of adventure, comfort me in times of sadness and strengthens me during trials..

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