Running is Nothing to Run Away From

Posted on June 21, 2011


This morning at 6:30 a.m. I did something that I thought was impossible. I went for a run.

Two things you should know about me are that: 1) I am not a runner and 2) I am definitely not a morning person. However, whether it was sports or going to the gym, I’ve always tried to keep active. Recently, I decided it was time to get over my fear and change up my workout routine. I began running with a friend outside about twice a week, the first few times were tough but we stuck with it. On rainy days, I would run on the treadmill or indoor track.

So this morning I decided to try and run before work. Waking up that early was hard for me, like I mentioned before, I’ve never been a morning person. The run, on the other hand, left me awake, energized, and refreshed.

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced; running offers great benefits. Running:

  • Helps you lose fat and maintain a healthy weight
  • Works as a stress reliever and improves your mood
  • Offers flexibility, you can fit running into your schedule during the time that works best for you
  • Improves your cardiovascular health, which reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack

For those who have never run before, starting a running program may seem difficult and intimidating. Make sure to start gradually, it is unlikely that you will be able to go very far on your first run.  Try alternating between walking and jogging, the most important thing is to just keep moving. Gradually, the length of time and distance you run will increase. Click here for some tips for a safe running program. With determination and training, anyone can become a runner.

Are you a runner? We would love to hear from you.

  • Let us know why you like running?
  • What are your favorite places to run around Boston?
  • What are some tips you can give to beginners?

If you would like more information and resources on running, call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.