There is no way around it: The world feels a little bit nuts right now. Identifying coping strategies is becoming a national pastime and running—with its well-documented reputation for alleviating stress, stoking creativity and preserving sanity—is (in our admittedly biased opinion) an excellent way to escape the noise of the news cycle. (Binge watching Netflix and memes of cute animals works too, but stick with us.) Here are five things running offers that can feed your body, mind and soul, even when scanning Twitter in the morning makes you want to dive back into bed for good.

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