I’m Good Because I Run

Patrick - I'm Good - PEERS

Patrick Glass – PEERS Communications Coordinator

My relationship with running has blossomed, gradually, across the better part of the past decade. I started slowly: jogging the mandatory mile in my elementary school P.E. class. By the time I was 12 or 13, I was running around my neighborhood to improve my stamina for soccer. In high school, however, I took an extended hiatus from running by myself – mainly because of how busy and full my life felt during that period, with new responsibilities, friends, school work, and sports to keep in balance. In retrospect, perhaps that was the period of my life where running would have helped me the most.

It wasn’t until I got to college that running became a regular part of my daily routine. Stuck in the bitter New England winter, I needed an outlet for my restless energy and an excuse to get outside. I soon found myself addicted to my new practice. Running was no longer a hobby, it was now a habit. On days when I didn’t run, I felt disappointed in myself – as if I had neglected to complete the bare minimum of maintaining and expressing my own vitality.

These days, running is an essential aspect of keeping my life focused and on course. I use it almost as a ritualistic self-tune-up: a time to examine my thoughts, emotions, and body for inefficiencies or imagined aporias. On days when I don’t run, I still sense pangs of regret and elusive subsurface disorder permeating my being.

Running has taught me a lot of things: discipline, routine, the importance of breathing correctly. But the most important lesson it has imparted is the mysteriously reciprocal relationship between pain and pleasure.

If you’ve never tried running for your own wellness before, I highly recommend it. The science is indisputable on this one. Running makes you happier, smarter, more focused, and can add years to your life. All it takes is 25-40 minutes, 5-6 days a week. Lace up your shoes and get out there! You won’t regret it if you stick with it.

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