The older I get, the more I realize how good overall health is the most important thing in life. I have participated in over 30 road races since March; I enjoy the camaraderie and the wellness component of fitness and running. Good oral health, good mental health, good fitness all are important components to good overall health. In the last two weeks I have participated in very large road races ( e.g., the Beach To Beacon in Maine) and smaller community races (e.g., Pittsfield, NH, Alton Bay; Epsom) and each is an opportunity to stay fit and to connect with people. Connections with other runners and volunteers at road races also help on the Wellness front. Human connections are important to wellness. In summary, for me, part of the payoff in running is the commitment to fitness and the opportunity for connecting.
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