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Benefits of Running

There are numerous benefits of running; these include:

Social

  • Being part of a community
  • Forming social connections

Psychological

  • Relieves stress and tension (boosts levels of serotonin)
  • Combats depression (release of beta endorphins)
  • Increases creativity
  • Increases confidence and self-esteem
  • Builds character

Physical

  • Improves lung capacity and breathing
  • Cardiovascular conditioning, reduces risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • Increases energy
  • Improves fitness and stamina
  • Weight bearing activity increases bone density which reduces the risk of osteoporosis
  • Facilitates weight loss, burns calories and the increased muscle mass increases resting metabolism (running burns more calories than any other physical activity except cross-country skiing)
  • Can improve overall cholesterol by increasing HDL levels
  • Boosts immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Delays aging

Quotations

“Do your best; have fun”.

Street Feet Run Well motto – Gerry Barrett

“Unless you test yourself, you stagnate. Unless you try to go way beyond what you’ve been able to do before, you won’t develop and grow. When you are committed, when you don’t have the fear of “what if I fail”, that’s when you learn. That’s when you’re really living.”
Triathlete, Mark Allen

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
T.E Lawrence

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”
T.S. Eliot

“Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.”
Dalai Lama

“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”
Leonardo da Vinci

“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”
Steve Prefontaine

“It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse.”
Ann Trason

“Tough times don’t last but tough people do.”
A.C. Green

“The will to win means nothing if you haven’t the will to prepare.”
Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner

“Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'”
Peter Maher

“Mind is everything: muscle – pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind.”
Paavo Nurmi

“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.”
PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian

“I run with my head, my heart and my guts, because physically, I don’t think I’ve got a great deal of talent or ability. I started at the bottom and worked up.”
Steve Jones, former marathon world record holder

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”
Winston Churchill

“The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy…It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.”
Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon champ

“No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”
Yoda

“Keep knocking and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who’s there”
Rumi

“The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating – in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.”
Anne Morriss Starbucks Cup

“Don’t ask for a light load, ask for a strong back”.
Unknown, Source