Whether you’re an amateur runner looking to get fit, an average Joe trying to shed a few pounds, or a passionate competitor jumping from one race to the next, there’s nothing like crossing a finish line to get the blood flowing and feel in control. Whether you’re walking, jogging, running or sprinting your way down the home stretch, the process of entering, training and completing a race is a sure fire way to up the motivation, change your lifestyle, and feel great about yourself.
As I sit at Starbucks, sipping on a “skinny” Cinnamon Dolce Latte and a mini-vanilla bean scone, I find myself thinking about how many kilometres it will take for me to run this off tomorrow. Some might call it obsessive, I call it aware. Thanks to Starbuck’s online nutrition guide, I am very aware of the fact that, after consuming my latte which I now know costs me 100 calories, and my mini-scone which will cost me another 140 calories, I will have to hit the treadmill for 45 minutes, at least.
Running shoes on. Laces tied. Head phones in. Watch set to 00:00 – and go. 00:01. 00:02.
Running is like a drug. Some people use it as a stress relief: the equivalent to a long drag on that first cigarette of the day, or that first sip of beer after a long day at work. Others use it as a simple form of exercise, a dependable way to stay in shape, tone the abs and balance the occasional indulgence in sweets and treats that come in all shapes and digestible sizes. And of course, you have the competitive runners who have made running their sport and train heavily for half-marathons, marathons, triathlons, ironmans etc.