Non runners just don’t get it. A typical comment from non-runners to runners is: don’t you think you’re overdoing it with this running thing? Or “it’s all that running you’re doing”.
Plethora: a large or excessive amount
Non runners are just sure that runners are running excessively; that running a long distance race is just a recipe for disaster.
You know what? Sometimes it is. I would be the first one to admit that. And yet running has a plethora of benefits:
- Better sleep
- Calming anxiety
- Reducing stress
- Building endurance
- Building confidence
- Learning a new “skill”
- Strengthening our cardiovascular system
- Testing our limits
Why would you ever do something that could be so hard, so punishing to your body? Because those plethora of benefits far outweight the negatives.
You do have to be smart about it, though. Recently my sister decided to try to throw a little running into her walking. Not much. She didn’t have a plan, she wasn’t wearing running shoes, she didn’t educate herself about running . . . yup, you guessed it: she injured herself.
Yes, running may have a plethora of benefits, but it also has a plethora of injuries just waiting to either sneak up on you or just stop you in your tracks suddenly.
If you decide to start running, educate yourself about it. Join a group, get fitted for shoes at a running store, or try out C25K.
One thing I know for sure
Non runners will never, ever understand the plethora of benefits that running has in store for them — not until they lace up and run. You’ve got to just do it.
Tell me in the comments:
What benefits from running did I miss?
How did you get started running?
What is the one piece of advice you’d give to a new runner?