How Running Builds Resilence
Had another bad day today, the new gig in London hasn’t worked out for the first time since I’ve been off the booze. It’s sad but for the best. Fuck knows what’s next. Eager to get back into something that is right for me. Half tempted to go back to Prague and get all new teeth so I can smile without my mouth looking like a bomb has exploded inside a bomb.
This brings me onto tonight’s theme of resilience. Running really turns you into a resilient bastard over time. I am a resilient man and a sweaty man. It wasn’t always this way. Although I was always sweaty. As I’ve grown older I have learned healthier ways to cope although as I type this I’m currently tits deep in a Galaxy McFlurry whilst feeling sorry for myself.
Here are some ways running makes you more resilient.
- It gives your day some order – You will have some bad days and running will inject some normality into it no matter how crappy or disappointing it’s all been. You won’t as easily let yourself fall into a dark hole.
- Running proves you are made of stronger stuff – You have survived 100 percent of your runs so far but don’t let that make you complacent otherwise you’ll accidentally run in front of a truck. You’ve also survived 100% of all your days too.
- Running helps put everything into context – When you’re out running it is easier to see your problems in their relevant context. Sure you might spend the first 5k of a run wanting to kick the fuck out of trees and shit but once that’s burned out of you, acceptance comes. And it’s usually twinned with some kind of understanding. Not always though. Sometimes you will get arrested for pissing out a button dicked fiery Brexit piss in the hippy outback.
- It sets you up for disappointment and failure – Running and failing at races braces you for defeat all the time. Failing proves that failure isn’t everything. If you can learn from your mistakes you will always come through the other side. Stronger as well. The evil voice inside of you will say that you’re weaker or that you’ve lost something and you have. Another layer of what you thought was yourself that was not you. A man from Lisbon called Doctor Love once told me “Matt, at least through this experience you’re one step closer to knowing who you really are. Now get the fuck out of my building you waste of space.”
- It makes you more resourceful – As runners, we are always finding exciting new ways not to shit ourselves in public. That has made us excellent in emergencies. When tragedy or crisis strike there’s nothing that tops the sinking feeling of needing to immediately void yourself. If you need to weep or vent you can always combine it with a shit outdoors.
- More resilient through improved mental health – The running makes us physically healthier and this has a knock-on effect on our mental health. It allows us to deal with shit in a more pragmatic and even-handed way.