I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have running in my life. This year in particular, it’s been a Godsend. Luckily I live beside the Phoenix Park. I can slip on my runners and literally run from my front door. I try to get out every day but I’m probably averaging five days a week. I run one of two loops, one 30 minutes, the other 40, depending on the mood!
Working from home has created the necessity to form a disciplined routine and getting out into the fresh air to exercise has been essential. Doctors will tell you the basic benefits of good exercise. But there’s something even more fulfilling about running. OK, it can be painful on a hot day or after a late night. But the release of endorphins as a result of running – which in turn suppresses pain and increases a feeling of happiness – is obviously the upshot.