I was thrilled when 17 year old athlete, runner and Fitness Blogger Jordan White got in touch with me to ask if we could work together on a Blog post – I absolutely love all the amazing people Blogging allows me to connect with and their unique and interesting stories. Jordan is no exception, so in his words, I’ll let him tell you why running means so much to him, and why if you’re not a running regular, you might want to think about becoming one!
Over to you Jordan…..
Running, something you may not yet take part in however, you may be thinking about doing so. I’m a 17-year-old athlete from West Yorkshire, England and I’m here to talk to you about the ups and the downs of running and why you may want to participate in this great sport.
So, you may be asking yourself ‘what’s the big deal about running’ well in actual fact running is a great sport to take part in; yes, you do get tired and you do ache but it’s all worth it in the end. There are different types of runners – you have your casual runners, club runners and runners who compete in events all around the world and yes what type of runner you are totally depends on the decision you make and whether you want to be a casual runner or a serious runner but nevertheless even casual runners get great benefits from running.
The best way to get yourself into running if you don’t already participate is to go on a small run around your local park once or twice a week however, some people do get a little nervous when they first start off and don’t like to be seen – if this is the case you can always go on your run on an early morning or late evening however the early morning one does take a little effort of pulling yourself out of the bed 😉
Did I mention, you also get a lot of healthy snacks and treats!
After doing the above stage and if you’re ready for the next step, you can always go and find a local running club, which shouldn’t be too hard to find, there is running clubs everywhere! If you’re not comfortable with this stage and would just like to carry on with your own runs then that is absolutely fine however, joining a running club offers great benefits including meeting new friends, event opportunities and if they have the ability to join you up to the UKA (UK Athletics) then you also receive a small discount in any other events such as 10K, half marathon and marathons – which will also take you into the third stage of competing within and outside of your club.
Running also offers great benefits to your body ignoring the naysayers, running as actually proven to grow cartilage which is great for protecting your joints within your body, especially those knees – even better, research as proven that running could actually improve your earing by up to six times that of a non-runner as it increases the circulation to your ear – improving your hearing.
Research has also proven to improve other health impacts such as; beating migraines, regenerates muscle and eases anxiety proving that running does in actual fact give you great health benefits.
Enough said about the ups of running, there is also some downs of running. To me, running is great and nothing else could beat it – however, on some occasions you can pick up a few nasty injuries due to running and competing in events or even just on a casual run. I mean, anyone can become injured or ill all of a sudden but when you’re out on a run a lot of things could happen which may cause you injury for example, you’re out on an afternoon run and you go over a bottle and slip this may seem minor but to a runner it could quiet potentially affect your running career. Rolling over your ankle could not only damage tendons and ligaments but could easily cause a stress fracture or break. Which could if serious end your running career depending on how your tendons or ligaments as well as any fractures or breaks heal – obviously 9 times out of 10 you’ll be fine within a few weeks of if fractured months and you’ll be back running in no time which Is great news but any fractures are possible areas of arthritis in your later age – which isn’t good for nobody! If you do become injured, you will need to make sure you take part in some small workouts to regain any strength to the injured body part.
In all, there is more ups then downs but there’s down bits in anything you do, right? So if you’re a non-runner, give it a go! Get active. If you already participate in your own runs, why not take a look for a local club? Meet new people possibly running partners? If you already run and compete, great! Keep at it.
I hope you enjoyed reading my article as I did writing it, if you found anything useful and took anything away from this please do check out my blog where you can find even more great tips and advice – you can even get in touch! Head over to www.runwithjordan.wordpress.com.
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