I believe that when we're uplifted, we are able to see the world in a new light. Running makes me feel beautiful in a different way. I feel strong, powerful, and capable of anything. Out there on the road or the trail, with the wind whipping through my hair and the steady beat of my heart tapping out a living beat in my chest, I come home to myself.

"Anima sana in corpore sano."

I'm sure you've seen this Latin phrase in plenty of magazines, posts and literature about health and fitness before. In fact, it's probably a bit cliche by now.

However, when you take a closer look at the meaning of "a healthy mind in a healthy body", you can understand why it's repeated so often. It's said time and again because it is so very true.

As a runner, I have lived the theory that physical exercise is an important or essential part of mental and psychological well-being first-hand. So, I know it to be true. I also don't find it surprising in the least that this saying was actually taken from a book of poetry - Satire X by the Roman poet Juvenal. To me it makes complete sense that someone would write poetry about the joy and importance of movement.

I believe that when we're uplifted, we are able to see the world in a new light. Running makes me feel beautiful in a different way. I feel strong, powerful, and capable of anything. Out there on the road or the trail, with the wind whipping through my hair and the steady beat of my heart tapping out a living beat in my chest, I come home to myself.

Running is my ME TIME, it’s my time to think and dream outside of the scope, pressures, and commitments of everyday life. It’s also when my best ideas come streaming in. I think it’s because when I'm running, I allow myself to be completely present and live in the moment without any distractions. I enjoy traveling and to explore the world in my running shoes. 

I've ran many races and there are many medals to be won, but the one that is humane is the most rewarding! I feel uplifted when I can help others to achieve a dream goal. 

So, how do you get to this place where running is joyful? Where you get to enjoy a healthy mind in a healthy body? Here are a few bits of advice that I can share if you are just starting out:

  1. Get yourself a good pair of running shoes
  2. Take it slowly but be persistent
  3. Compete only with yourself

It doesn’t have to be the most expensive pair in the store; it just has to work for you. Ask the sales personnel at your local sporting goods store to help you and share their advice. Also fit these shoes in person so you can see how it feels. Having a good pair of shoes makes all the difference.

You are not going to run your first 5k two weeks after you got up off the couch. However, if you remain persistent and go slowly, giving your body time to catch up and settle into this new groove, you will improve slowly but surely. Then, one day, you will run that 5k, and all of a sudden 10k won’t seem impossible anymore.

Comparison is the thief of joy. This is why, even when I take part in organised marathons and competitions, I only ever compete against myself and push my own personal best. When you start comparing yourself to other runners, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Run against yourself, remember why you started, and it will be a joy every step of the way.

Happy running

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Chantel De Lange

Search Engine Optimisation & Social Media Strategist van Tilburg


Club: https://www.facebook.com/Runshop-Greg-van-Hest-756777721008735/
Coach: Greg van Hest & Ad van den Berk

Mijn disciplines
Trail run 10k Marathon Halve Marathon