You know that moment when you feel a sense of euphoria? The total bliss feeling when you feel everything in your body, your mind travels and you are in complete peace?
When do you get this feeling? Really think about a time in your life when you felt like this.
I feel this way when I run.
I haven’t always been a runner, let’s be real. I have always been a runner, but I haven’t felt true joy from running until my junior year of college. I started with a mile everyday and then, surely but slowly I got up to 3 miles a day and so on. The longest run I have ever done was 8 miles in Barcelona, Spain. It was my all time favorite run I have ever done! Hands down. We ran from the Arc de Triomf, through different neighborhoods and then all the way down to the beach down to the pier. It was seriously unreal.
I find running to be a sort of therapy. You know when people talk about a ‘runner’s high’? Well, from personal experience I believe it to be accurate. Whenever I am feeling like I need a boost of energy, feeling down, have a lot of my mind or just really want to move my body, I run.
Becoming a good runner takes practice. You really have to work yourself up to running further and further. But, it is not all about just running. You have to switch it up and build your muscles, stretch and work your muscles in different ways for your body to push you further in your run. I injured my knees from doing stadiums too much and I thought I would never be able to run again. I went to a doctor and he said I had very little cartilage in my knees and there was nothing he could do. I felt helpless. But, after strengthening my knees with different workouts and running more, I no longer have knee problems!
My tips for new runners:
3 Ways to Become a Runner
Find your breath. Your breath sets the pace for your run. When a person is just beginning to run, they usually don’t grasp the breath concept and they get burnt out. Find your rhythm, go at your breaths pace and keep moving. The more you run, the better you will be and the faster you will go!
Don’t Run Everyday. Running is hard on your body, period. Practice makes perfect and running often, can help you go further each run. However, each run stresses your muscles, bones and joints. As you do it more often, your body will adapt and grow stronger and more efficient. Running is high-impact on your body, so if you do it every day you can increase your risk for injury. It is all about finding a balance that works for you and listening to your body.
Set a goal. Before each run, set a goal. Weather it is a quick mile or 5 miles, setting a goal for your run will make it more enjoyable and you can challenge yourself through it. When I set a goal to run 3 miles for example, I push extra hard on my first mile and my last half mile, running as hard as I can because I know I am almost done! The first 10 minuets of any run are always the hardest. Once you push through, your body can surprise you by going further and further the more you run.
Benefits of Running
+ makes you happy
+ good for your heart
+ calorie killer
+ great for your legs
+ works your deeper core ab muscles
+ you can always fit it in no matter when or where you are
+ counts as meditation
+ strengthens your knees, joints and bones
I hope this post inspires you all to lace up your sneakers and go run! Every step counts. It is all about taking the initiative and just doing it. I promise you will fall in love with the feeling and it will become easier each time you run.
Get up + go run + get sweaty.
Hi there, my name is Corey Zimmerman. I am a born + raised Floridian with a passion to live a healthy + wholesome lifestyle. I hope you enjoy my journey of navigating life and tips on health, fitness + baking! XO, Corey Ann
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