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What does running do for YOU?

Beany123
Beany123Graduate

I was just thinking about the benefits I’ve noticed since I’ve been running (better mental health, stronger legs, a sense of community and more self confidence) and I thought I’d start a thread.....have you noticed any changes yet? If so, what have you found? How does running help YOU?

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Bazza1234
Bazza1234Graduate

I started running six years ago at age 67 - did C25k in 2014 . I recently completed my first marathon at age 72 - I have done around 170 parkuns , a number of other events , 10K, 10 miles, HM's. I feel like I have now finished with the road "races" :) I did my first trail run 11Ks a few weeks ago - walked the uphills with the aid of trekking poles, ran the downhills where safe to do so, run/walked the flats ( where also safe to do so) - had a lot of fun over the 2 hours. My life has been completely changed - I now mix with a whole new group of people -positive, accepting, ALIVE!!!!! :)

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate in reply to Bazza1234

What an inspiring guy well done. I knew 57 wasn't too old to start. Thank you x

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Bazza1234

Wow, you are an inspiration! I am a beginner and stories like this are so motivational 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate

Enjoy a new sport with hubby, feel fitter, look forward to covering lovely new routes, sore butt 😀

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Grannyhugs

Great that you run together. My partner is too fast for me (most people are 😂) so I tell him to go ahead at parkrun (which we do together).

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate in reply to Beany123

My husband is way to fast for me, does 10k in 50mins and runs hills for the fun of it but has been kind enough to use my last few runs as his warmup then chugs up the nearest steep hill for another 30mins. I’ve no desire to reach that stage 😉 not lady like

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Grannyhugs

He sounds like a good one! I’m no good with hills either!

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Beany123

Hills are fantastic!!

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Oldfloss

😳😳😳

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Running...keeps me; happy....calm...healthier...creative...aware...fitter...stronger...

Started at 65..first HM..69...next booked..

Not the only thing in my life...but a huge part of it..keeps me feeling ..me!

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Oldfloss

I agree. I suffer from bipolar type 2 (mainly depression) and it’s mostly controlled by meds. But the running helps immensely. I’m calmer and view everything from a better perspective after a run. After an evening run, I am also more energetic and productive the following day at work!

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate in reply to Beany123

Keep strong and calm. Glad you’ found running to be so helpful.

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Grannyhugs

I will! It’s definitely made more of a difference to my self belief and energy levels than any meds have!

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate in reply to Beany123

Just don't stop the meds please 👍hope you have loads of happy runs through the autumn and winter months

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Grannyhugs

No I won’t! I’m on a low dose and have been told I’ll probably need them for ever. I’ve been well for a long time now so I’m very lucky. I stopped smoking 7 years ago and did my PGCE 2 years ago. I’m lucky as some people will always suffer. Xxx

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate in reply to Beany123

So happy for you 😍

I'm just deciding to go for it. Here on blogs for the inspiration to get on and do it

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Portlandprincess

Just go for it. It will change your life ❤️

I gained a waist again! AND I feel my mental health is stronger. I’m proud of myself for completing couch to 5k and my goal of regularly running at my local park run. During the 9 months Ive been running I’ve enjoyed seeing the seasons change and watching the duckling and goslings grow up (I generally run alongside the canal).

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Ssasqueen

Fantastic! I would love to run along a canal ❤️

Redcat19
Redcat19Graduate

For me i feel happier, and a sense of achievement. My legs are stronger and toned. My blood pressure and resting heart rate has reduced and I generally feel fitter all round 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Redcat19

That’s fabulous isn’t it? My resting heart rate was in the 80’s and now in the 70’s. Hoping as I lose weight it will go down further 👍🏻. Well done!

Runrabbit50
Runrabbit50Graduate

Love running that feeling after is amazing and the self challenge is such a good goal to do further to be fitter 🏃🏻‍♀️🏋️‍♀️

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Runrabbit50

Yes, I’m desperate to improve! I need to be patient though!

Wenderwoo
WenderwooGraduate

I’m yet to find out (W1R2 later today), but looking forward to the positives after reading the great posts on here!

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Wenderwoo

You’ll love it. Just take it steady and enjoy 😊

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate

Obviously being so much fitter and healthier .

Positive outlook

Love running outside no matter what the weather .

I've lost 3 1/2 stone

😊😊😊😊🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Buddy34

Wow Buddy34, I am looking forward to seeing some body changes in myself! I’m definitely getting stronger! Well done to you xxx

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate in reply to Beany123

I cut out my addiction to chocolate and started brisk walking then running. It took over a year . I had more patience this time 😊

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to Buddy34

I lost 2 stones before I started running but have been stuck in a rut for ages! I think I got bored. I’m going to get my act together soon 🙂

tiggs1
tiggs1Graduate

I have more self-confidence and self belief.. I feel healthier and I love the way I feel alive!

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to tiggs1

That’s what life’s all about isn’t it?

tiggs1
tiggs1Graduate in reply to Beany123

It certainly is, i have also stopped smoking since starting C25K (5 1/2 weeks now) and I know I am going to succeed.

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to tiggs1

Well done👍🏻💪. I stopped 7 years ago and I wouldn’t have done this if I were still smoking (was on at least 30 a day!)

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator

Better overall fitness, mental health and weight much more stable. Its also helped me become more in touch with, and better able to control my emotions and anxiety (mostly).

A greater appreciation for nature and our planet in general.

Weirdly I have more energy as ac result rather than as I would have thought, less.

Improved self esteem and confidence.

Beany123
Beany123Graduate in reply to GoGo_JoJo

I agree. I love being out in nature. My kids love it too. We as humans need it I am adamant about it. Have a treadmill at home and haven’t bothered with it at all really since I’ve been running outside. I even like running in the rain. When you’ve got the right clothes on it’s not a problem. I am a bit achey this week though so I am not as energetic as you!!

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator in reply to Beany123

It will come! Like everything else it takes a while for your body to get into a new groove! 👍🏻😁

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