Running And Confidence
Running definitely helps build confidence. But what is the nature of this confidence? Is it a confidence based on aggression and a feeling of superiority or is it something deeper, richer and more rewarding?
There is evidence that some early humans practiced what is known as persistence hunting. In a persistence hunt, runners would pursue prey over a period of hours and then make a kill.
The human capacity for endurance aided profoundly by our ability to sweat and thus cool our bodies made it possible for us to overtake prey that had no such ability. Such prey could be run to exhaustion, captured and killed.
So early runners were the hunters for their tribal groups. They provided the food for their families and communities. Imagine the great feeling that must have given them! Imagine the surge of confidence and great sense of accomplishment they must have felt when they brought food back to their loved ones.
Yes, there are chemical changes in the body when we run, brain chemicals like endorphins are released and those contribute to our feeling of wellbeing during and after a run. But there is something more profound at work when we run, something as old as the human species itself.
When we run we connect ourselves to those ancient hunters. Somewhere in our bodies and our spirits we remember what it was to push ourselves beyond our limits for the greater good of all. And that feels amazing.
Maybe that’s why so many runners and races now aim to raise money for charitable causes. It might be our modern way of providing some bit of sustenance to others through our efforts.
Running connects us with our True Self. It connects us with our ancient Will, the Will that turns us all into peaceful warriors. It gives us the confidence to do battle against pain and doubt and fear and our own limits and lifts our spirits for the battles to come.
DID YOU SELF CONFIDENCE AS GROWN SINCE YOU STARTED RUNNING?