Runner's World (UK) - - Editor's Letter - ANDY DIXON EDI­TOR @Rw_ed_andy


ex­pe­ri­enced, the run­ner’s high – that el­e­vated mood state that’s reached af­ter a run, when ex­er­cise-in­duced en­dor­phins start cours­ing around the brain. For most of us, this is just one of the mul­ti­ple pos­i­tive as­pects of run­ning. For those re­cov­er­ing from ad­dic­tions to al­co­hol or drugs, how­ever, it takes on a whole new level of im­por­tance – run­ning, and the psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fits it of­fers, can aid the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process by re­plac­ing a de­struc­tive habit with a healthy one. In a com­pelling per­sonal ac­count on page 50, Caleb Daniloff traces his own re­cov­ery from ad­dic­tion through run­ning and ex­plores the grow­ing body of sci­en­tific re­search that finds ther­a­peu­tic value in the sim­ple act of putting one foot in front of the other.

Ex­am­ples of run­ning’s trans­for­ma­tive power are wide­spread – as nu­mer­ous, I sus­pect, as run­ners them­selves. They can be as ex­treme as run­ning the length of Europe, un­sup­ported and alone, to test your phys­i­cal and men­tal lim­its, as Aleks Kashefi did (page 24); as com­mon as run­ning to lose weight to be­come health­ier and more con­fi­dent, like Martin Kelly (page 29); or as all-en­com­pass­ing as the 45 per cent re­duced risk of death from heart-re­lated causes com­pared with non-run­ners of a sim­i­lar age, as ex­plored in The Run­ner’s Heart on page 40. If there was a mir­a­cle pill that of­fered all that, there would be a stam­pede. For us, the ben­e­fits are just a run away.

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