How Running Changed My Life
Darius Foroux

I’ve just started running.

I’m training first for a 5K and I’m progressing from there. I’m running because it is hard for me and because I need to prove to myself that it can be done. I’m the kind of person that succeeded quite well from a mental / professional perspective but never took great care of his body.

So now I run. It is not hard. It is not easy. It is somewhere in the middle and when I’m on that track, surrounded by darkness (doing it in the evening), with only music in my headsets and the wind around me, I feel ten light years away from all my problems.

I can forget about all the failures, about how my best wasn’t best enough, about how I’ve lost a lot more than I’ve won in the last two years. And I know that at the end of the day, there is nothing new to learn about running. Left foot. Right foot. Repeat.

The only thing I need to learn is to commit and do it until the end. Yet, I must tell you, running for me feels like a self-fulfilling prophecy. It is like everything lead to me want to run, like my life pointed again and again that running will do for my body and emotions what reading did for my mind. It’s not a impulse to just get started and look cool in my new sneakers. It’s instead more like the next natural step in my evolution as a person.

Thank you so much for your article. I’ve read many but most were focused on the weight loss aspect. I don’t need to lose weight. I need to use running as a tool to cope with the negative chain reactions that are happening entrepreneurial wise, relationship wise, even health wise.

I don’t know if running will make me accomplish other goals but I’ve discovered tonight that for 30 minutes, the stress, the fight or flight reactions, the triggers are gone. It’s just left foot, right foot, repeat. For this, running is brilliant. It was the first half of hour of real peace I’ve had in months.

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