Time to Taper Once Again and Mental Benefits of Running.

So once again I am back on the taper train getting ready for the BMW Dallas Marathon in December. It’s funny because I’ve actually run the half course for this race more times than I can count and although this will be my 22nd marathon it will be my 1st time running the Dallas full! I love to travel for marathons which is why but this time I’ll be running 26.2 on my home turf. I am excited to run along the beautiful White Rock Lake and through the streets of my awesome city. 2 weeks and counting baby. Bring it on.


I’ve been religiously clocking 60-75 mile weeks so I’ll scale back a bit this week in preparation for the big race. Then I will recover a bit, rest and get ready for some more ultra running in 2017. Woohoo!

So lately I’ve been thinking about some of the mental benefits of running. I know there are so many physical benefits but sometimes we forget how vital running is just for overall well being. Here are a few ways mentally running has gotten me through the ups and downs of life.

Running motivates you to have a target/goal to aim for. Whether it is to set a personal record or conquer a new distance…running always gives you something to strive for.

Running helps to fight stress and/or a case of the blues. Issues at work? Relationship drama? Rest assured if you go out for that run you will return more clear headed & in a better mood. Oh yes, endorphins are my favorite.

It sharpens focus and gives your brain a boost. This is one of the reasons why I am a bonafide morning runner. Running for me honestly is the equivalent to my cup of coffee in the morning. I’m just more ‘on it’ and focused when I’ve gotten that run in. You feel me?

When you look better…you mentally feel better…and vice versa. Running just gives you that happy healthy glow. And yes, I am all about that.

What are some amazing benefits you have discovered from the simple act of running?

Published by thedancingrunner

Marathon runner & group fitness instructor at 24 Hour Fitness. Passionate about family, friends, traveling. Loves destination races. Loves dining out, cooking in, being around down to earth people, writing, sunrises.

5 thoughts on “Time to Taper Once Again and Mental Benefits of Running.

  1. totally agree with the goal note. running also makes me more social. i typically dont like interacting with strangers but long runs call for a running group and each week i end up running with someone new. which is good, makes me get out of my comfort zone and talk to strangers lol

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