By Meredith L. Whelan
I love running, it makes me feel free.
When I was about seven years old, my Nana started taking me on daily walks or runs. As I got older, we started keeping a journal to track all the places we went. Having an interest in and a love for running has taught me a lot.
Running is very healthy cardiovascular exercise, it gets your heart pumping and blood flowing. It’s easy to control your workout by choosing the incline of your trail and the length of your run.
Running clears your mind.
Getting outside for a hike or run is a great place to just let go and enjoy your surrounding. You can see wildlife, changes in the seasons, and some of Earth’s wonder.
Running is habit-forming. Making exercise a top priority is easier when it has become a habit. Have a dog or cat that needs walking? Bring them along, they need the exercise too. Running with a group or on a team can help you to stay consistent and stay on track.
In your running journal, keep track of all the places you have run, as well as places you want to run in the future.
I have a pocket journal that I keep with me so that I can jot down what I see on my runs. Remember to keep your eyes open, you never know what you might see.
One of my favorite places to run or walk is my very own neighborhood. I also really like Westchester Lagoon, Thunderbird Falls, Reflection Lake, Baldy, and the Butte. There are also beautiful trails at Barbara Falls, Albert Loop Trail, Black Tail, and Flat Top.
Running is something I think everyone should try.
It’s an amazing way to stay healthy, experience the outdoors, and clear your head. In fact, I’ll see you later. I’m going to go take a run.