There have been thousands of studies on how the organic activity improves heart health, decreases disease risk, boosts bone strength, zaps body fat and increases lower-limb power – and that’s just scratching the surface of what this sport could do for your body. But for many, the reason to run has less to do with its physical gains and more to do with how the activity can enhance the mind. Because, if there’s one thing to like about running, it’s how hitting the roads or trail provides the opportunity for clarity, contemplation and reflection. Want to know more? We tapped a panel of running pros to find out what pacing the pavements has taught them about life.
“I’VE STARTED TO LIVE IN THE HERE AND NOW” ‘Running has made me realise how important it is to focus on the road you’re on. You can’t do anything to improve the miles you ran yesterday and you can never know for certain what the road up ahead has in store – all you can do is keep running along the road that you’re on. Like life, it’s about dealing with the present – just keep putting one foot in front of the other and believe that it’s because of the miles you’ve already run that you’re better prepared for whatever’s coming next.’ Running coach George Anderson (runningbygeorge.com)
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