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Many people describe running as a tool to manage stress. They describe their running as something that “keeps them sane” or “helps them cope.” I can relate to this.

The demands of life can add up. Sometimes it can feel like a weight on your back. But we all live in these bodies and surprising things can happen when we actually move and use them in different ways. It’s almost as if we were made to move on a regular basis.

One of the ways we can move is of course by running. Getting out the door (or sometimes onto the treadmill) and putting one foot in front of the other does a number of things that really can make our bodies work better.

There can be a surprising change in mood when our heart rate elevates and our lymphatic system starts to move waste. Different chemicals can be released and the stress of the day (or the upcoming day) is generally affected for the better. Going for a run really can make a person feel better.

Now I know that this may seem unlikely to people who are starting out running (or getting back into it after a long break) but there really is a peace that comes with running and I know many of you know what I am talking about. So to all the new runners (and walkers, and other body-movers) out there I would like to encourage you to make it a practice. Once you get into a rhythm that suits your body you really can derive a sense of peace from running.

Go chase that peace. I’ll be chasing it too- and I am thankful for all the times it has come into my life through running.

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