The Psychology of Running

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 4, 2008

Being a Social Psychology major in both my undergraduate and graduate university programs, my mind is often geared toward understanding the psychological underpinnings of the mind and body. I love research, I love statistics (so you should expect to see many a poll on this blog!), and I love understanding why we do what we do and how we can do it better.

We have all heard of the mind-body connection- how the power of our thoughts can influence how we actually feel physically. When I run, I get a taste of this connection.

For a while, I expected that I would need to walk every so often during my runs. I even had a few places on my route that I would stop each time to ‘catch my breath’. What I discovered (as well as Caitlin on See Bride Run), is that if you tell yourself you don’t actually need to walk, you can often ride it out. Running is a mental challenge more than anything. If we truly accomplished what we were capable of it would be astonishing. Often, our minds are our greatest hurdle to overcome.

So this morning I set out on a run before work. It was early, warm (10C/50F), and foggy. As I ran the fog lifted and the sun peaked through the mist. I decided before I set off on my 5.5 mile run that I would not stop and walk today. I have been conditioning my body with cardiovascular workouts for a while and I should have the stamina to do it just fine.

And guess what? I could do it. The toughest parts were at the top of the 2 big hills…I was gasping for breath, but I adjusted my pace to a slow jog while I recovered and I was fine. The run took me 50 minutes.

Afterward, I decided to skip the elevator ride and walked up a long 24 flights of stairs (5 mins). As you can see below, my building doesn’t have a floor 4, 13, 14, and 24 due to superstitions! I live in a highly Asian area and the number 4 is supposed to be bad luck, similar to the number 13 in our Western culture. I find it quite amusing. :)


This photo was taking when I left for work!

My blister popped on my run (sorry for the grossness!) and my whole run was quite painful as a result. I really need to make an appointment with a podiatrist and get some insoles made for my over-pronating feet!


Eric (my husband) has been doing amazing with eating healthy for the past several months. He exclaimed to me today,

‘Guess what, I weighed in at this morning?….171 pounds!’ (He’s 6’2″)

He showed me his pants and they are huge on him now! He is back to his highschool weight.

I jokingly said, ‘Well, you better not get skinnier than me!’

Then Eric said with a devislish grin, ‘I already AM! I’m a skinny BITCH.’

hahahahahaha….. :D Oh how I laughed.


Hope you take some time to smell the roses (err…Ikea fake flowers!?) :D


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenn November 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm

angela, or anyone else. what is the best over-all body moisturizer? i currently use plain old palmer’s coco butter


Angela November 4, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Hey Jenn This is the current moisturizer I use on my body daily. I love it because it is the only moisturizer that doesn’t make my skin feel sticky and it absorbs so fast!


Jennifer November 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Hi Angela!! I just started reading your blog – it’s very refreshing!! Can’t wait to read what you post next!! :)


Lindsey November 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm

I just found your blog and am loving it! Definitely bookmarking it and will be returning! :)


Jenn November 4, 2008 at 4:44 pm

i forgot to ask:) where do you find the makeup products listed on the other page?


Leah November 4, 2008 at 5:03 pm

lol @ Eric.. too funny. Good for him though. That is great. Your healthy habits have rubbed off on him!

To Jenn- like Ange I use Nivea lotions as well but I also love lotions from the Body Shop and use them quite often before bed! I love the scent and the smoothness they leave.


Mariposa November 4, 2008 at 5:45 pm

just found totally randomly! love it! thanks! (well- from eat-live-run..)


Angela November 4, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Leah haha- yes that Eric is quite the character isn’t he?!

Mariposa Glad you found the blog!! :) Welcome…I look forward to getting to know you!


Angela November 4, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Jenn Sorry I missed this comment! I live in Canada so I buy most of my makeup products from either Shoppers Drug Mart or Sephora. I loooove Sephora!


Brain Games November 6, 2008 at 2:26 am

Hi Angela,

I love reading your blog. I can see that you are very sporty. I share the same sentiment as with your husband. I also worked hard to lose weight and I fell like a child when I saw the result and that my old jeans fit me again. I read you are not American and wasn’t able to vote, so if you can, who would you vote. Just asking and curious. LOL



PS: I love yellow roses =)


Angela November 7, 2008 at 12:30 am

Hi John Thanks for your compliments on the blog! Congrats on losing the weight. It is a hard thing to do but so rewarding. Who would I have voted for if I was a US citizen? Obama…Hands down.


Denise August 9, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Your building sounds like it has so much character! I totally agree about the mental hurdles – I used to run quite a bit, but now I’m out of practice and feel like I need to stop all the time. I neec to remind myself that I can keep going!


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