Jogging away from over your inner demons

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. Not just on a physical level, but it also makes you "happier" due to the release of Endorphins, the bodyโ€™s natural feel good chemicals.  Well, since I completed the C25K program I've started noticing there's much more to it than simply being happier. Jogging seems to have some sort of meditative effect, a fact I alluded to in my post on the anatomy of one of my jogs. I noted that once I really get going I am able to spend a few seconds at a time in a trance like state with a completely clear mind. On top of that, towards the end of the jog all the aches and pains actually dissapear. Well here's my theory as to why that is.

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On my last run I was struggling somewhat and was getting frustrated by this. (It turns out I was actually coming down with a bit of a flu, but that's by the by). Well before the 4km mark I was having conversations with my inner demons as to when I would "give up". I was aiming for 7k in 40 minutes for that run and it was obvious I was not going to manage that.  These conversations go something like this:

Me: Must keep going, must keep going
My inner demon: It is so much easier and less painful just to stop
Me: No! I will not stop.
My inner demon: Well, have some of this then.

At this point imagine a little red demon jabbing me under my right knee cap with his little pitch fork.

Me: Ouch! No, must keep going!
My inner demon: Stop torturing yourself and stop running, this might help.

He jabs me under my left knee cap.

Me: Arghhh. You little #$!%@%#! Maybe just a little bit further then...

And so it goes on until he's basically defeated me and I have actually decided to stop "at the next corner". Note: I really have decided to stop, I am not just trying to trick him. And so I jog on. My inner demon, in the meantime accepts this and obviously decides to take a well earned break and head out for a nice cup of tea and a biscuit, or whatever it is that inner demons do in their time off. And guess what? With the little git with the pitch fork out for a walk all my pain dissapears.  So I get to the next corner and... carry on.

This happens Every. Single. Run. Now I am prepared!

Update

Isn't it strange how when you've been turning an idea over and over in your head for a while you often come upon an article that affirms your thoughts, almost exactly. Well this is precisely what happened to me over the weekend, when I came across the BBC article "Running as Therapy".

It's nice to know I am not crazy!