Why: Become a runner?

During a long run this past weekend, I had a chance to reflect on my love of running and the joy this activity has brought into my life. As the New York City Marathon is slowly approaching, running has become a hobby that is now a part of my everyday lifestyle. Along with running increasing my fitness level, it has also helped me become a calmer and more focused person. This activity has changed my life for the better and would love to share the amazing benefits that come along with running. Becoming a runner may seem intimidating to a non-runner, however, with time and motivation anyone can make small changes to form these habits and become more physically fit. Below, I included some of my favorite benefits that come from incorporating running into your routine.

You become happier

This is by far my favorite benefit of running and what keeps me motivated to race and train on a regular basis. Running releases endorphins in your brain which makes you naturally a happier person. No matter what kind of day you had, a good run can clear your head of negative thoughts and give you a positive outlook on life. Running is the ultimate escape from your problems and stress that bring added physical and health benefits. Many other outlets people go to include over eating, drinking and shopping which brings temporary fulfillment, however, these habits can cause consequences over time. Switching your outlet to running will help you better manage negative feelings and see your life in a different and brighter perspective.


In addition to mental health, running also offers numerous benefits that makes you a physically healthier person. Some of these benefits include weight loss, disease prevention, strengthening of joints, lower blood pressure, increased lung capacity, strengthened immune system and increased bone density. Running all around makes you a healthier person which naturally improves your lifestyle over all. Aside from the benefits listed, running also gives you more energy which gives you more enthusiasm to live a full life.


Not only does running bring happiness, it also makes you a more focused person. Once you start running, you begin creating an exercise routine to fit into your everyday lifestyle. This naturally leads to more organization and structure in your daily routine. It also gives you more of a direction for your daily life. Running goes hand in hand with goal setting which requires focus to achieve. Most runners overtime start to participate in races that require dedication and discipline to accomplish the race at a desired time. Focus is needed to complete the race and all training leading up until that point.


Running increases confidence which leads to self-fulfillment in life. As you start running, you will see the benefits which will leave you with a strong sense of self accomplishment. This feeling will overlap into other areas in your life leaving you feeling more confident at your workplace and in social environments. Racing also leaves you feeling more accomplished as a person. Once you cross the finish line, you will feel a strong sense of accomplishment from achieving the goal you set out to complete.


Running is considered a very solo activity, however, there is a very big community aspect that comes along with racing and training. Many runners prefer joining run clubs with people who have similar pace times to train alongside with. This community aspect provides motivation and accountability for your training efforts. Becoming part of a running community also allows you to make like-minded friends who share the same interests as you.


    • urbanmile July 11, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed!!

  1. Wm. Allen July 11, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    There are so many people in this country that could use some exercise; otherwise, they are going to pay a high price as the years go by. Thanks for encouraging people.

    • urbanmile July 11, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Of course! I’m glad you enjoyed the post

  2. Carolyn Page July 17, 2017 / 4:14 am

    Well said, and oh so true.
    Dancing is my ‘keep fit’ sport. The endorphins certainly make one a happier person; to be sure.

  3. Roy McCarthy July 21, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Can’t argue with any of that. You’d wonder why the whole world doesn’t run. The answer, of course, is that it’s physically demanding and our natural inclination is to choose the path of least resistance. Even us that are converted go through patches where we lose motivation. The key to lifetime running is to keep it enjoyable and do-able. That said, I love race day when you can push to your limit.

    • urbanmile July 22, 2017 / 12:19 am

      Yes I couldn’t agree more! Keeping your routine do-able and setting goals through racing are great ways to keep the motivation and progress as a runner!

  4. The Pen and the Sword Press September 11, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Urban mile the last time I talked to you I suggested help for my hamstrings. This week I will be seeing a physical therapist to help length in my hamstring and in the process of doing such I’m walking about 2 to 3 miles a day. Last month I walked nearly 40 miles in one month and I hope to hit fifty or sixty miles this month depending on physical therapy. Thank you for your advice enjoy running and don’t forget the fiddle music. That last part was for me. Fado music motivates me.

  5. 11315miles December 3, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    I agree with you on the healthy part. I have been running off and on my whole life but it has really helped with my menopause (yes I said it!!) symptoms. I would encourage older women to give it a go.

    • urbanmile December 5, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Yes, running is great in so many ways and I’m glad it helped you in that stage of your life!

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