Hiya everyone and welcome back to my little blog!
Today I’ve got a different sort of post but one that I am really excited for! If you follow me over on Instagram (@worldofrachelx) you’ll have probably seen that I talk about running quite a lot on my story and update everyone with my achievements and challenges. Since running has become such a big part of my life I thought it would be nice to make a blog post about why I love it so much and how I actually started running in the first place!
Before I properly get into the post I just wanted to let you all know that I am taking part in a running fundraiser for ‘Mind’ this March. This includes running 27 miles in 27 days in solidarity with the 27% of students report a mental health problem while at university. This is such an important issue and one that often gets overlooked. Here’s the link if you’d like to donate anything or even just share the link, anything is appreciated. But without further ado, let’s get into the post and why I love running!
1. Running is for you.
Old, young, fit, unfit, male, female, running is for everyone and it has no boundaries. It doesn’t matter if you run fast or slow, long distances or short sprints, it can be whatever you want it to be, make it suit you! It’s just you and your running trainers against the world!
2. It keeps you fit.
This is an obvious one but important nonetheless. It is recommended that we do about 150 minutes of exercise a week which can be anything from walking to yoga to running! So a couple of runs a week can help you reach this goal. Running is such good exercise because it works most parts of your body at the same time! I also like to stretch before and after to help loosen off and stop any aches and pains the next day.
3. Mental health benefits.
I honestly do think that running has helped me to get through lockdown. I love it because it’s my time to get outside, get some fresh air and do something for myself. It gives me half an hour of time to focus on the moment and forget about the things that are on my mind. A lot of people find that running can help relive stress and boost confidence! I can definitely say it’s down wonders for my mental health and I’m so grateful to have found my escape, especially after the year that 2020 was!
4. You can get involved in events.
This is something I can’t wait to do more or after the lockdown restrictions are eased. Before lockdown I was taking part in the local park run and was really enjoying it! So I’ll definitely be doing it again once I’m able to. I’d also love to enter a proper event in the future. One of my biggest goals is to one day run the great north run which is a half marathon! I know I’ll have to get serious with my training but this is something I really hope I can do.
5. It helps you think and be creative
When I first started I was so focused on breathing that I couldn’t do this as much as I do now. But I find that when I run my mind wanders and starts thinking about different things! The deep breaths, feeling my steps and fresh air help me to think things through better. Even if I’m feeling crap, the endorphins released when I’m running help me to feel motivated. Some of my best runs have been when I’ve had a lot on my plate and been pretty stressed! But it really does do a world of good!
So how did I start running?
I loved running when I was at school as I joined the running club and even took part in cross-country running competitions (I wasn’t very good at them but we move haha!). But I stopped for about two years before I started again in 2018. I’ve always been a bit on and off with running but since early 2020 (so about a year now) I’ve really got into it! There are times I’ve stopped due to placement and life just getting too busy but on a whole I’ve been pretty consistent. When I was starting to get back into it, I used the couch to 5K app but started on week 4. If your new to running, I can’t recommend couch to 5K app enough! It’s so helpful and easy to use, allowing you to gradually build yourself up from not being able to run up the stairs to running for 30 minutes without stopping. When I started running again last year I struggled to run 2K without stopping but in December 2020 I ran my first 10K, which was and still is an incredible achievement for me! So here’s to a 20K by the end of 2021… maybe haha?!
I hope you enjoyed this post! Do you do running? Is it something you’d like to start doing? Let me know in the comments! And as always, thanks for reading and stay safe!