It's important to establish an exercise regimen because physical activity offers many health benefits, including decreasing blood pressure, increasing muscle strength, lowering blood fat levels (cholesterol and triglycerides), improving sleep, decreasing stress, increasing insulin sensitivity and helping control body weight.
Running is where I feel God because running is where I find myself. It is also where I break down and can't go any farther and need help most desperately. It's where I focus on my own body and the reality of mortality, that I'm going to live in this world for a little while, and if I want to really live, I'm going to take risks and sometimes fail.
Every day for the past two years I woke up with a purpose: to return to the IAAF World Championships. For two full years I trained. Thousands of miles logged, hours spent in the pool, at the gym, and countless other sacrifices made. I was all set to go until last night when I received an email from American track and field's governing body, USATF.