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Running is my peace, my solace - my way out of the hustle of life and into my own world, where only the pavement and I coexist.

I love my life and make a conscious choice to be as “busy” as I am, but as a born-introvert, I need alone time to charge my engine. Combining the surge or endorphins known as the “runner’s high” with this much needed alone time gives me the fuel to function at “energy bunny” status for the remainder of my waking hours.

There are numerous proven physical and mental benefits that result from regular running including; weight management, disease prevention, stress release, and improved confidence. But the greatest overall gains are realized by the whole “being” when running becomes a lifestyle.

So what does it take to be a runner? It’s simple; the will to run! Everyone knows how to do it and once upon a time, everyone probably enjoyed it. Remember being a kid and running to your heart’s desire?

There’s nothing fancy about the sport of running, but there are a few basic tips that can help aid in comfort and injury prevention:

  1. Find shoes that work for you. With running, the one size fits all concept does not apply. Every runner has a different stride and gait. Several specialty running stores can help you determine an appropriate shoe. keep in mind that as your running evolves, your shoe may evolve too.
  2. Understand your hydration and fueling needs. Monitor how much you sweat. This is a good indication of the amount of hydration you need. The more you sweat, the more fluid you need to replace. Fueling needs are different for every individual as well. For more information regarding hydration and fueling, be sure to follow my blog or sign-up to receive updates.
  3. Learn to breathe and relax. Try not to struggle through your runs, but rather let go of the tension and enjoy the journey. If you find yourself working too hard, refocus your energy on your breathing and put a smile on your face. Much of this approach can be realized through the regular practice of Yoga.
  4. Make time to run. The most common excuse is, “I just don’t have the time.” Where there is a will, there is a way. If you truly want to integrate running into your life, you will find the time. Early mornings, lunch breaks or that time of night when you might otherwise watch TV can all be replaced with running time.
  5. Find the gadgets that aid in enjoyment and training efforts. You can run with as much or as little as you want. A Garmin, music, water, fuel, pepper spray – the list goes on. Don’t be afraid to test things out to see what works for you. There will be plenty of information about this on my blog.

And finally, there is Yoga. This site wouldn’t be called YogiRunner.com if I didn’t think Yoga was an important component of running! Yoga and running are the Yin and Yang of fitness. Running and Yoga are not opposing forces, but complementary opposites that interact within a greater whole - the dynamic system of the mind, body and soul, otherwise known as the being.

Be sure to visit the Yoga page and subscribe to the blog and receive updates to learn more about all the little “unknowns” of running!

Questions or Comments? Contact me at runner@yogirunner.com.