SELF-CARE ACT#16

go for a run

CATEGORY

Physical

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TIME

30 min-1 h

BUDGET

Zero

My brother Ali is a runner. A Marathon runner. In 2014, he took 4 months off work and ran 16 semi-marathons, in 16 regions of Morocco, raising funds for 16 different NGO’s.

But WAIT. If you think the guy is an angel or a superhero and you stop reading this post because he’s given you a complex, make no mistake. And let me give you some background.

Back in the days, he’s been through hard things, used to smoke a pack a day, party a lot, eat junk food and have all the habits that make a perfectly unhealthy life.

How did the change happen? I don’t know for sure. What I know is that, one day, he went out for a run. And never stopped.

I think it’s a pretty safe guess to say that there is a connection between that moment and his transformation.

Yesterday, I ran. I wasn’t expecting my life to change. I was just being good to myself. But I got more than I expected.

First, I exercised. Which is always good to take: good for the body, good for the mind.

And second, I had my brother in mind for the whole time. As I was running and thinking of him, I realized he’s the most resilient person I know. I also realized that I never took the time to tell him. So here I am, happy to have a chance to fix this: Ali, I admire your courage, your strength and your Phoenix Reviving skills. You’ve come a long way and showed patience, determination, kindness and so much more. Plus, you’re the sweetest guy on earth (Isn ‘t that right, Houda Amrani?).

I’m really proud to be your sister.

Curious about Ali’s journey ? Visit his page here 

 

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WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?  Running is good for your heart, helps you get fit, strenghtens your knees and joints and acts as a powerful anti-depression work-out.

MORE ABOUT THIS

For this self-care act to be a self-care act, you need, to wear the appropriate clothing, especially the shoes.

My cousin, who’s also a marathon runner wisely adviced me on how to buy my running shoes: light and one size bigger.

Try to have clothes that allow you to sweat without getting wet.

But all of the above are not a must. When I didn’t have running clothes, I just used regular training pants ans baskets.

And when my clothes were in boxes because I had just moved from Morocco to California, I went running barefoot more than once:) 

When you run, do it at your own pace: you should be able to talk and run at the same time. If you can’t, it means you need to slow down.

When I was in Morocco, I used to run with my brother but he was too fast for me. So we usually went to the beach or the park together, run seperatly but had the pleasure of riding and having breakfast together before going to work.

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