RunnerOn Sunday, May 1, 2016, I was one of the 40,000 people who pounded the pavement in the torrential rain for the annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run in Philadelphia, PA.  The iconic race is the largest 10-miler in the country, attracting people of all ages and races from around the world.  This was my seventh year making the trek down Broad Street leading us through the eclectic neighborhoods of Philadelphia, beginning in the Olney section and ending at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Running has been a favorite past time of mine since college. Before then, I really never understood when people would say that they actually “enjoyed”; running; but after lacing up my sneakers just a few times, I found myself hooked. Studies have shown that running offers benefits to our overall physical and mental well-being, allowing for longer, happier, and healthier lives. Running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and some cancers, just to name a few!

I encourage everyone to give it a try. Start slow. You do not have to shoot for a marathon (I am not there yet!), but set small goals for yourself. It is never too late to give it a try! But do not just take it from me.

Here are a couple more reasons to start: https://www.verywell.com/reasons-to- start-running- 4022450

 

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