How to Unwind and Find Catharsis in NYC: Running

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As I came over Windy Gap
They threw a halfpenny into my cap.
For I am running to paradise

-William Butler Yeats, from “Running to Paradise”


Since I started college, one of the hardest things for me to do is simply go for a run. I used to do it all the time, what happened?

The unfortunate truth about running is that once you stop, it’s hard to get going again. It becomes easy to just sit around with friends or playing around on your computer. We begin making excuses, insisting that we don’t have time for exercise, when in reality going for a run can still be effective if you only run for 20 minutes. On the flipside, however, once you get used to running again, it is one of the most liberating and efficient methods of exercise. All you need is a pair of decent sneakers, athletic clothing and, if you like, some music (hyperlink:

Running can be fun for some, but treacherous for others. The panting, the sweating, the pounding, it’s not for everyone. But if you fear the pain of running and, as soon as you start, find yourself wanting to quit, consider the benefits. Besides the obvious healthiness of burning calories and improving your physical condition, it has been scientifically proven that running makes you feel good. This article in the New York Times explains the Runner’s High, a sensation that has been compared to euphoria and general lightness. My friend once said, “Running is the opposite of getting drunk: you feel awful during, and amazing after.” This is where the relaxation comes in: taking a long shower and plopping down on the couch after going for a run can be jubilant. And you’ll feel like you’ve finally earned this relaxation.

Note: top places to run in NYC:

Some of my favorites include Central Park and the East End Boardwalk.

Note: for those who find running physically impossible due to health issues or past injures, taking long walks is also valuable for clearing your mind on a nice day. To motivate yourself to go running, go out and treat yourself to some new running sneakers. If you truly dedicate yourself to running, the cost of the shoes will be worth it with your end results of a healthier, happier, and more relaxed self.

Marathon, black silhouettes of runners on the sunset


By Ryan Forman

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