Aside from writing, running is one of my passions in life. I started running about 10 months ago and in that span of time, I have run 2 official half-marathons and countless short distance races. As I write this post, I am training for a full marathon which happens in January 2011. I am not a fast runner and I do not have podium finishes. I don’t even finish anywhere near top ten. Despite being an average runner, I continue to run for the sheer love of it. I have found in my 10 months of hitting the pavement that there are joys that a runner experiences.
1. Muscle gain
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The first thing you notice after running regularly for several weeks is the gain of muscle mass. You look leaner and the muscles in your lower body feel more firm.
2. Weight loss
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You won’t notice the weight loss at first because you will actually be heavier. Remember that muscle is heavier than fats. The weight loss comes with the regular running and proper diet.
3. Cardiovascular fitness
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The cardio workout and the weight loss greatly contribute to the health of your heart. The constant use of your lungs during running builds them up and makes them stronger.