The elusive “runner’s high.”

I always wanted to know what that felt like, but it continued to be out of my reach. Until recently.

I’m now seven weeks into my half-marathon training, and I can honestly say that I now look forward to my runs—not dread them with the same apprehension I usually only reserve for the dentist (or blind dates).

Yep, I’m feeling good. Losing weight, feeling energized, and most of all, I feel strong. Like I can kick some serious ass.

Blah, blah, blah, you’re thinking. I’ve heard this before. And I agree. When my friends used to talk about how good running made them feel, I would tune out, too. So here are a few of the lesser-known, or at least talked about, benefits of running. They might just make you want to hit the trail …

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  1. I absolutely love this post! Running make you feel like you can fly and my favorite part about it is the self-awarenss it brings.

    This sort of self-awareness–knowing my limits and my strengths gives me courage to face life’s adversities…what about you?

    Running is addicting, especially that state of mind, but I currently have an injury…what do you suggest and how do I mentally get through this without the regular surge of endorphins from my morning run?

  2. Running has took me from a size 18 to a size 10 in 90 days. This was also in addition to a change in my eating habits.

  3. running is awesome i do it at the gym well because i have allergies but i still wanna stay in shape so yeah

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