Why do I rave on about running all the time? Why does it get me up first thing in the morning? Why are there so many entries for the London Marathon that people 100s of thousands of people get turned away from it. I’ve dug up an old post from February 2014 at a time when I, myself, am anti-running. It turns out reading your own blog sometimes helps you out when you get stuck in a rut..!
Originally published on Feb 2014
I’m getting really bored with the motivational memes being posted from the fitness folk on Twitter, albeit this has been resolved with one simple unfollow, but it proves how unmotivational alot of the stuff is which is circulating around the internet. IF you don’t like running and actually find my running posts mildly offensive then I totally get that, I would too if I lived a sedentary lifestyle, but in reality, we were born to move, with muscles that were formed to contract and relax and all that jazz.
With this in mind, I found a video made by the lovely people behind Good Gym which underlines the core incentives behind running, and it does it without flashing ‘the gap between the thigh’ or a picture of cabbage. I think it actually picks up on the core reasoning as to why I run, it’s not an exercise or a chore for me but more just a form of physical exertion which I have to do in order to stay sane and to think clear thoughts.
GoodGym is all about doing good around your local community and running to the location where you’re doing good, it invites all walks of life and all levels of running abilities to come along. Without further ado, and without further ramblings, I think you should watch it (the girl at 01:29 is great, typical she’s got the running all under control but her personal life outside of running is all over the place):
The woman at 03’33 exposes her sex life with her husband during a run. The guy before her wonders into the depth of evolution vs religion. The guy at 04’24 talks about the physical defeat of aging on his running – he is the most runaholic of the lot, but his times sounded pretty epic! I don’t think this video sensationalises running, infact, the constant sound of heavy breathing reveals the struggles of a run, the girl who can’t talk because of her hangover is wonderful on so many levels.. trying to undo the wrongs from the night before, that sounds familiar..
The guy with the mental health issues spanning for 10 years was discussing his problems so methodically and so precisely it feels clear that his world has since found structure by the constant pounding of a simple run. It’s easy, do up your laces, crank up the volume to Chase & Status and just go, the road and you, nothing could be more simpler. So many times I find the world is put into perspective by a run. I feel anxious and I run. I feel upset and I run. I feel happy – I run. When I travelled to Australia and I was backpacking down the East coast, the one thing that weighed my bag down was my trainers, but there was something seriously magical about running through Cairns in the humidity and sticky heat knowing I’m so lucky to have this opportunity.
Watching this video made me realise how a run brings out a course of expression you don’t seem to have when you’re sat still at a desk or on the sofa. When the world is surrounding you and fresh oxygen is circulating around your brain, you’ve never felt more alive and your problems never so small. I love running with the Good Gym Bristol because of the community of runners who can unload their problems like a free counselling session (read about the Good Gym here). I also love running with the local running club in Redland for the same reason. I like running the Park Run because I always end up talking to the person who finished in the position ahead of me about how they felt the run went and how good they feel for the sprint at the end.
Okay, if you’re a non-runner and you find the whole thing an ordeal, this state of calm may take you a while to get to, but I have never heard any of my non-runner friends declare at the end of a run ‘That was terrible, I wish I’d never done that’, there is never any degree of regret, I might get sworn at initially and then endorphins kick in. The guy at the end used to be a non-runner until his Dad got diagnosed with Alzheimers and now he is running the marathon in aid of a charity for dementia, the runner is confused, angry and the whole thing is tearing him up because he feels helpless so he raises money for the charity and helps in the only way he knows how. The power of running is the feeling of being pro-active in fighting the crap that life throws your way, it’s self-medicinal, it’s addictive and it lasts as long as you want it to.
Best Documentary Film
Since I wrote this blog post, the Runners was given the highly prestigious award of ‘Short of the Year’ award for 2014 by Shortoftheweek.com. Short of the Week is a thriving hub of incredibly talented short films so this is an amazing success for Matan Rochlitz & Ivo Gormley the creators behind Good Gym who were involved in the making of this beautiful video. Congrats guys!
Video can be found on Short of the Week here >click here<
Find your nearest Good Gym here >
For beginners there are a whole host of running apps to help you out:
Zombies Run App >click here<
Couch to 5k >click here<