Who knows if it’s social isolation, third trimester, or just spring time, but running has become so much more about mental and emotional health than physical. .
In studies, regular runners generally live happier, more stress-free lives than their housebound counterparts. Aside from simply being happier because you're in better shape and feeling good, endorphins play a big role in these results. You might know endorphins as the "feel-good" hormones of the body. It's an opiod chemical that the body uses to help quell pain. They also help slow the aging process, relieve stress and anxiety, and enhance the immune system. And you guessed it -- running can release a flood of these endorphins.
The only thing I’m training for right now is a healthy body and mind. (Although I do have my eye on some races for 2021 😉) My mileage is about 70-80% of what it was pre-pregnancy and my pace is about 3 minutes slower per mile. - 11 minutes ago