Running is a powerful tool in coping with depression and really just life in general. The physical activity relieves stress while releasing endorphins that elevate the mood. Many of the runs I do have the sole purpose of giving me release from the chains of depression.
Runs all need a purpose. Some days it is a cure-all for emotional distress. Other days it is pushing for a new personal record. And at other times it is also a chance to seek out new adventures.
What happens when a run lacks purpose? Most runs that lack purpose feel flat and unfulfilling. You naturally fall back into habits and the full benefit of that run gets lost. On the other hand, giving a run purpose provides a foundation for the movement in that run and helps you focus expectations.
How do you set purpose for a run?
What are some examples of purposes for a run? We often think of the purely physical purposes….tempo run, fartlek run, long run, and so on. But for the majority of us, there are far greater and more important reasons to run than just getting faster or running longer.
Here are some of the intentions I choose to set before a run:
Picking the purpose of your run helps you be ever mindful of what you are seeking to get out of your running. If you give running the chance, it will deliver far more than physical fitness. It will deliver some of the strongest friendships, the best mental health medicine, ability to deal with conflict and challenging events in life, and so much more.
What are some other intentions you have set for a run? How do you give your run purpose?
Build longevity, embrace the delicate within and let the journey continue…..