15 Reasons You Should Go for a Run.

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I started running again last week after a long slackfest hiatus.

When I first started running regularly in high school, it was punish myself for eating. That’s a horrible reason to do what is ultimately a wonderful thing. Now, I run because I love it—and it loves me back.

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Sometimes I joke that “I love running—when it’s over.” It sounds silly, but the afterglow of running is amazing. Your body releases endorphins and enkephalins ,which give you that “runner’s high.” So you’ve got the puddingy spent feeling like after amazing sex, plus a natural high—what’s better than that?

Another great thing about running is the meditative quality it can have. The cadence of your run is a great focal point to still your mind. (Sakyong Mipham has a fantastic book on this topic for anyone looking to explore further.)

Along with yoga, which requires far less in terms of gear than many companies would have you think, running is one of the most portable, convenient healthy habits you can create.

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P.S. Always on my running playlist, usually for the cool down:

 

It’s awesome, but clearly, I need some new tunes. Let me know what you’re running to in the comments!

 

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Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is a wellness cheerleader, yogini storyteller, and self-care maven.
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anonymous Aug 6, 2014 9:24am

I listen to the Matrix soundtrack. Goes perfectly with a good run. 🙂

anonymous Aug 5, 2014 11:44am

I love to run to Franz Ferdinand: "Love Illumination", "Take Me Out", "No You Girls", "Right Action"

anonymous Aug 5, 2014 11:10am

I too just started running again after a long hiatus. (5 yrs) It feels good to run again. I started out walking, and since May I am now running 3 miles and walking the last mile on my 4.3 mile route. Running on empty is one of my favorite songs to run to. I do feel better, and it am starting to notice some subtle changes in my body. I can put my hands around my hips now!! I'm stronger, I feel stronger, I feel thinner, I feel like running more!!

anonymous Jun 13, 2014 10:19pm

You've probably seen this one already, but if not you'll probably like it: "Run Run Run" … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQUjviIH9PU&s

anonymous Apr 9, 2014 11:02am

I run because I can.

anonymous Sep 24, 2013 6:22am

Check the Ghost of Radio podcast. Neil always has awesome running music

anonymous Jun 22, 2013 5:38pm

Ali in the Jungle – The Hours
Numb (featuring Eminem) – Rhianna
Titanium – David Guetta & Sia
Warrior (Team USA Edition) – Nelly
The Warrior Song – Sean Householder (I'm military so this one always pumps me up towards the end of a run when I just want to quit)

anonymous Jun 17, 2013 4:03pm

I love GIRLs 1 soundtrack to the HBO show … Yay running !!

anonymous Mar 2, 2013 8:59am

[…] people lift weights, others cycle. But to run is to rely on nothing else but ourselves. To run is to put complete confidence and stock into this bag of bones we were all given and […]

anonymous Feb 6, 2013 2:03pm

[…] things I cannot change. Without being aware of it, these vices can lead to the disintegration of healthy habits, like a consistent yoga […]

anonymous Jan 5, 2013 10:38am

[…] hip-openers, I love you so! On weeks that I’ve been running frequently, I make sure I include at least one day of a hip focused practice. My favorite asana in this […]

anonymous Dec 18, 2012 2:25am

[…] think Elle Woods explained this one best when she said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just […]

anonymous Oct 24, 2012 9:19pm

[…] You said that according to Iyengar, it is never wise to give more than three instructions to people when they are being taught yoga. What would be your three most important instructions to yoga practitioners? Stretch less, tense less and breathe less while practicing. It also applies to running a marathon race. […]

anonymous Sep 12, 2012 1:22pm

[…] Start a resistance training program. Explosive Training is the way to explosive […]

anonymous Sep 9, 2012 1:10pm

Oh and a great cool down song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_esVA_gqEKE

anonymous Sep 9, 2012 1:05pm

Words to run by, Kate.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05MRbZvzFsw

anonymous Aug 28, 2012 4:34pm

Today is the first day I "ran" in probably 7 or 8 years. It was more like a walk, but I think I have potential. I like the "Wallpaper" playlist on my Pandora station. You can check them out at http://www.myspace.com/wallpaper (People still use myspace?)

anonymous Aug 27, 2012 4:24pm

[…] Exercise: Of the body and the mind. 2. Organic Food 3. Love & Family 4. Nature 5. […]

anonymous Aug 27, 2012 4:36am

[…] I love to run, but I don’t much like “going running.” […]

anonymous Aug 26, 2012 6:27pm

My new favorite is Happy Pills by Norah Jones.

anonymous Aug 26, 2012 4:40pm

Treadmill music: The Wiseguys

Kate Bartolotta Aug 22, 2012 5:50pm

Thanks Tatum! xo

anonymous Aug 22, 2012 12:22pm

I miss running terribly. Being old(er) and arthritic prevents me from doing it anymore and reliving my glory days of old. On the other hand, my inability to run led me to yoga. I can still swim and bike, but a rigorous vinyasa practice comes the closest thing to running for producing endorphins and that feeling of well being.

    Kate Bartolotta Aug 22, 2012 5:53pm

    Don't knock the Vinyasa! That definitely gets the endorphins cranking too.

anonymous Aug 21, 2012 4:27pm

Love it! I run to Weezer's album Maladroit! http://www.amazon.com/Maladroit-Weezer/dp/B000065

anonymous Aug 21, 2012 3:49pm

Just intro'd on Health & Wellness.
~Mamaste

anonymous Aug 21, 2012 2:29pm

I like to run to the sound of my feet hitting pavement and the birds and wind. Clears my mind and helps me resolve things I didn't even know needed resolving! Great post, Kate! (I want to listen to music or podcasts sometimes, too, but keep forgetting to charge my nano!)

    Kate Bartolotta Aug 22, 2012 5:52pm

    I like that sometimes too, Lynn. Indoor treadmill running (during winter/allergy season) I need music, but trail running I like to hear my feet.

anonymous Aug 21, 2012 2:11pm

The Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. Steady beat and rapping that makes you want to keep moving! "Can't stop, won't stop, no compromise!"

    Kate Bartolotta Aug 22, 2012 5:52pm

    I <3 the Beastie Boys. No. Sleep. Til Brooklynnnn!

anonymous Aug 21, 2012 2:01pm

I like running to podcasts when I'm by myself. For some reason, I always go too fast when I use music. A good episode of This American Life or Throwing Shade is just right. Ira Glass is the best running partner!

    Kate Bartolotta Aug 22, 2012 5:51pm

    Oooh never tried that! Will give it a go.

anonymous Aug 21, 2012 1:51pm

This is fabulous!! Thanks for posting it. I run to anything with the right beat…which means I can listen to 80s punk, next to U2, next to country, next to rap, next to…well, you get the picture. As I don't actually listen to the songs when I run, it is the beat that matters most — the music is just background to my drifting mind. I am definitely finding a copy of that book 🙂

anonymous Aug 21, 2012 1:16pm

Yay Kate! Yay for running! Let's add one more to the list of 15 reasons… it takes away the hurt in your heart. xoxo

And here's a great playlist. 🙂
http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/07/so-what-im

    Kate Bartolotta Aug 22, 2012 5:50pm

    Ohhh yes! Definitely. Loved that article, btw!

    anonymous Aug 5, 2014 1:39pm

    thank you jodee…i run to take away the hurt in my heart….soon it will subside 🙂

anonymous Aug 21, 2012 12:11pm

Sugarland ~ We Run
Tom Petty ~ Running Down a Dream
Train ~ Drive By
Miranda Lambert ~ Fastest Girl in Town
Matt Nathanson ~ Queen of (K)nots

Enjoy!