What I like about running

Of all the activities I’ve used to attempt to get fit (admittedly I’ve not tried many) running works quite well.

Yes, it’s terrible on the joints. And, yes, it’s a difficult thing to compel yourself to do in the cold and wet …but running does help you shed a few pounds of fat and improve your fitness.

Working from home it’s all-too-easy to become lethargic and sedentary. Running is an accessible activity that gets you out, gets you moving, gets you thinner and gets you fitter.

For that alone I like it. I also believe that it’s good for your mental health.

Something bothering you? You can ruminate whilst you run – the three “ates”: pronate, supinate, ruminate – and often, come the end of the run, you’ll have calmed down and/or come up with a way forward to the problem.

Obviously, it’s not all good news.

Some people can’t run, disabilities aside, when I say they can’t run, I mean they can’t just run.

You see, there is a large group of runners who have an innate need to post everything on a social media account. Why? Do they think we care about the route they took or how fast it took them to do it?

I might take in an interest if I was a stalker and wanted to know when best to ambush them and, thinking practically, how quick I’d have to be to catch them in the first place.

They measure everything. Look at my split times. My V02 max. My cadence. My calorific content. I’m surprised they don’t start sharing the contents of their toilet bowls to be quite honest. I just don’t care. Share it with yourself, but nobody else cares.

The other group of runners that get my goat are the people that dress as runners, but you never see them running. Mums at school pickup, I’m thinking about you here.

All lycra’d up in Sweaty Betty gear and fancy trainers. You never see them run. You see them chat and walk the dog, but you don’t see them run. I suppose at least they don’t post their inactivity on Strava.

So, yes – I like to occasionally run. It’s mostly good for you. It allows you to be slightly smug when you next look at a chocolate bar.

Even better, if you’ve recorded your run and know your calorific workout you can even chose the right chocolate bar to maintain you equilibrium.

KEEP ON RUNNING

Ruminate whilst you run – the three “ates”: pronate, supinate, ruminate – and often, come the end of the run, you’ll have calmed down and/or come up with a way forward to the problem.

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