Now that running is going to be a part of my life, and blogging is also going to feature heavily, I have decided that my Sunday summary posts of ‘My running week’ will continue.
So, let’s talk about week 5 of 2018, that’s almost a tenth of the way through the year already, week 5 had a lot of highlights/achievements that are worthy of mention (once again if you’ve read all my previous posts this week). They are…
- Completed C25K week 5 and started week 6
- Completed RED January – whoop whoop!
- Ran 3k (only slowing for steps, as I didn’t want to trip or slip) in about 20 minutes
- Then ran 5k (the same day!) in just under 31 minutes
- Did my first parkrun alongside around 350 other people. Official time just over 38 minutes
- Ran on 5 days of the week, doing 6 runs totalling 29km
- Walking, aqua fit and swimming on the other 2 days
For me, running is providing so much more than the above achievements.
Yes, it’s fantastic to run for longer, improve pace and complete challenges; my success is measured daily with each completed run, each milestone reached, each improvement.
All these things give me a sense of pride, and improved feelings of self-esteem, self-worth, self-belief, self-respect – I’m not entirely sure of the subtle differences between these terms, put simply, running makes me feel good about myself.
Running also gives me a sense of purpose; a focus for days where I have no engagements, a reason to get up and dressed. It motivates me to build on my achievements and achieve more. It gives me confidence in my abilities, and improves my confidence socially. It provides social opportunities; running with friends, parkrun, maybe I’ll even join a running club!?! It reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety and promotes relaxation.
In fact, running is pretty awesome at meeting all tiers of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
- physiological – promotes better sleep
- safety – improves health
- belonging – building friendships
- esteem – confidence, achievement, respect
- self-actualization – personal growth and fulfilment
I have had a tough few weeks emotionally, I am moving in the right direction but it takes patience and persistence. I am using my relapse prevention plan and for now looking after myself is my top priority. Running is another strategy to add to my toolkit, it helps relieve depressive symptoms and stops negative thoughts.
In just a few weeks I have found that running far outweighs other forms of exercise in giving a real feel good emotional boost. So, what’s not to like?