The real benefit of running 21Apr12 | back to top
So, what does 6 months of running every single day actually accomplish?
In a practical sense, it resulted in a loss of 25 lbs. And interestingly enough, data from my Garmin estimates I burned somewhere around 100k calories. At 3500 / lb, I guess it wasn’t too far off. There are more stats below, but what the numbers don’t show is how incredibly powerful my running routine was in my making it through one of the most difficult times of my life. Something each and every one of us will deal with at some point, that is the loss of a parent.
Just a month into my running every day routine my mother passed away. It wasn’t one of those tragic, unexpected, events like a car accident or a sudden illness. But even when you see it coming, the emotional toll isn’t much less.
My mother passed before dawn and putting on my shoes later that day to go for a run wasn’t easy. But it did provide time to linger on my thoughts. The next day was hard as well, and the next. But after each run I felt I was getting to a better place, and finding it easer to gain perspective.
Five months later I was still at it when I finally decided I was done. Not done with running, just with that specific routine. That was last September, and I’m now finding myself longing to try something new, I don’t think it will be a “run every day” thing again, but something. Perhaps another try at a 100k. But whatever it is, I know that the simple act of running, of taking things one step at a time, is more powerful than the numbers would lead you to believe…