Saturday, February 6, 2010

Running is Healing!

Healing- to make sound or whole b : to restore to health 2 a : to cause (an undesirable condition) to be overcome. Running does this!!
Obviously this isn't always the case is it? We often run into injury, but in many ways running is healing. I have noticed this phenomenon lately as I've been obsessed with hill repeats! Oddly my heel and ankle are feeling better than ever? My strength is returning as well as my resolve?! In many ways I see running as a source of healing. However, so is rest!!
Today was the strongest I've run in three months! 33 minutes and four hill repeats. I was thinking what the benefits would be if I do reverse hill repeats? Running down as hard as I can and walking up? Maybe I'll try? Peace!!

7 comments:

Suzy said...

Good to read that your runs are getting stronger all the time. Check out http://runwithjill.blogspot.com/2010/02/hills-baby.html and scroll down for some stats on hills. Interesting stuff.

Jen said...

I like that... thinking of running as healing. Pretty cool.

lindsay said...

downhill running would work your quads i think? i know i've heard that downhills "pound" on the quads so maybe the repeats would strengthen them in that sense?

Shanna said...

I agree running is healing. Recovering from an injury myself only now as I decided to bite the bullet and slowly ease my way back into running does my injury feel better all the time not only during running (not to mention my mind and soul). I now just must commit myself to a day of rest a week as God ordained so I am not back in the same mess.

Beth said...

Glad you are on the healing path. Be careful running downhill. There are techniques to it so that you "fall" or float down. You don't want to jar or "brake" your way down as that is really hard on your knees. I would do some looking into it before I gave it a try. I talked with someone who runs in the mountains and he said it is fun if you do it right. Good luck!

Marlene said...

You're doing great, Mark! Glad to hear that things are feeling good!

Love to Run said...

Great Job Mark. You are kicking real butt getting back into this running thing. Make those hills know who is boss!

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