Running is much more than it seems. People view it as a way to get in shape, lose weight or even just a hobby. It is much more than that, running is a dumbed down version of a psychologist. Two miles in, a lifetime to go, came directly from what someone's mind wants them to believe during a run, it wants them to quit, cut it short. Why would someone keep going if the only reward they could maybe receive is a shiny piece of metal or to lose a few pounds? Why would someone go to practice and push themselves to the point of exhaustion, get up, and do it again everyday? For most, this would be absurd, but a select few realize the undercover benefits that come with this kind of self induced trauma.
Both track and cross country display running in many different, but similar ways. Both are great sports at keeping people active and happy. According to active.com, running can raise your levels of good cholesterol while also helping you increase lung function and use. In addition, running can boost your immune system and lower your risk of developing blood clots. Being active in track and cross country can also help with losing weight, because it's one of the best ways to burn calories.
When running, two feel good chemicals that are ejected into the brain called: Endorphins and Endocannabinoids. These chemicals make you happier and reduce risk of sadness and depression, this is why running is a great way to end a bad day (Fetters). Not only does running have many mind and mood benefits, it also has many other health benefits as well. For example, It's good for a person's muscles, brain, and even heart. The two main muscles that running helps are the core and the legs, and in some cases even knees. ¨A Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise study of nearly 100,000 runners found that runners are half as likely to get knee osteoarthritis than people who walk. Even running a short distance in a longer time frame, gives the same benefits that every runner tends to receive and more than the average walker¨, (Fetters). There are also two psychological benefits as well, one is mood improvement and the other is long-term self esteem improvement. Also, running is a great way to encourage creativity. Some runners have expressed that they get their best ideas when they are on a run (Harkins). There are so many more benefits that you can get from the act of running, including weight loss, immune system boosts, increase in bone mass, increase in lung function and the strengthening of the heart, which ends up reducing the risk of heart
Running has many different aspects of workouts and forms of doing it. Comparisons a lot of people make is that cross country and track are the same thing, but those two sports are entirely different. Both do deal with running, but the differences are very major and they go much as to change the workouts done for the sports. More comparisons that are mostly said that if a runner enjoys long distance running then they also should go out for track since it has long distance events. Even though it has those events it doesn’t change the fact the two are very different.
Running has become a therapy for me. Whether to relieve stress or simply challenge myself to run, I eagerly chase my running goals. Like the careful planning and preparation of my diet and training, running in many ways has mirrored my path to medical school.
I have an unorthodox relationship with running. As a child, I swore I would never run, that I loathed even the mere idea of running for fun. But now, I find it an escape, a paradise where I can truly be who I am, with no exceptions..
Long-distance events in track include the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races. Many people consider the long distance runners to be the hardest workers of the three types of runners. A typical week for a distance runner like Galen Rupp consists of running up to 135 miles per week. This is done with no rest days and two sessions every day. Long-distance runners lose gallons of sweat every week, so staying hydrated is very important. Mohamed, Mo, Farah is the most famous distance runner in the world currently. He was born in Somalia, but he runs competitively for Great Britain. Mo has four gold medals from two different Olympics, making him the most successful British track athlete ever. He is well known for working very hard in
Running has always been a passion of mine, along the way it has helped me overcome and push towards my goals in life. My cross country and track teams have become more like a family, than a team. We win together, and we lose together. Becoming the distance runner I am today has allowed me to have a purpose in life and to always try to be the best that I can.
“Every serious marathoner should do Boston, to experience the close to a million spectators, the three generations of families out cheering, the little kids handing you water or orange slices. The whole city really appreciates the runners.” -Neil Weygandt. The Boston Marathon. A marathon that is an American tradition and has been ran for the last 119 years. It is one of the major parts of the Boston and American year. It is a part of which makes America great. The strength it takes to finish the marathon is exemplary of the American strength. We are a strong country and it’s going to take a lot to break us. These are all of the major reasons running the Boston Marathon is on my bucket list.
Many people have other reasons why they run. However, running for weight loss is the most common one. Running has been scientifically proven to extremely burn large amounts of calories. Along with other health benefits for example it reduces stress, and boost metabolism.
“When you exercise for a longer duration, you're going to use the slow twitch fibers that are really good at burning fat. If you went and did a couple hundred meter sprints for your workout, it only works the fast muscle fibers, and they use primarily carbohydrates and don't burn that much fat at all.
Running is very good for humans in many different ways. It is a great way to get exercise, and a great way to meet new people. There are many positives, and some negatives, it is easy, enjoyable and makes humans more social, you can do it at anytime, and it relieves stress rather than give stress.
Moving from one place to another is a necessity for almost every living organism. Whether it be sliding, walking, jumping, crawling, or flying, movement is bound to happen sometime. Humans like to move from place to place quickly without doing any work. Since running is work, humans generally avoid it if possible. There tends to be some unfavorable expression like a grimace or a sigh accompanying the quote, “I think I have to go running.” Although hated among many people throughout the world, the positive sides of running can be enough to turn the lazy into the hardworking. Running is an excellent choice for physical and mental enhancement because it keeps one active, relieves stress, and is a good self-esteem booster.