I have a slim build now, but it’s not particularly stickly and I do carry a bit of meat with me so my stamina isn’t exactly flawless, but it’s an ongoing work in progress. Since I started running, I have found a lot of menial tasks became much easier. I can go for like walks and not tire; hiking isn’t an issue and if I need to quickly run a short distance (to catch a bus for example) I won’t lose my breath. Plus I just feel a lot better, which is ultimately what it comes down to. I feel stronger, lighter and like I have a spring in my step. When I’m in a regular running routine, I feel really good. In Wellington on a nice day when it’s not too windy or cold, a run up Mount Vic, up to Highbury around the outskirts of New Zealandia or the stunning classic waterfront run is heaven. I feel happier when I’m running sometimes, and often if I’m in a bad mood going for a run can perk me up somewhat. Of course not all my problems are solved via cardio, but it was also my go-to activity when I was drowning in studies and assignments at uni. Of course a walk does the trick too, but really tiring myself physically, sweating and panting just gave me that real physical release I needed to get my mind focused. That all sounds a bit graphic and innuendo-esque, but yes, just like various other physical activities, running is a great release.
Having spent the last 3 months confined to indoor runs in Japan thanks to Hokkaido’s atrocious winter, I’m more than ready to get off the boring 30min-limited treadmill and charge off around the country side for some far superior runs. Nothing cures my cabin fever and isolated feelings better here than sweating it all out.
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