Friday, July 26, 2013

Running as Therapy

I had a bad day.

A doozy. I won't go into detail but let's just say my day was stressful on a professional and a personal level. The personal issue was the one that was really getting to me.

I got home from work and wiped the mascara stains off my face. I laced up my shoes and hit the pavement with Hubby. As we silently ran through the neighborhood streets, my problems seemed to melt away. The farther I ran, the further away I was from my worries. My mind cleared and the negatively was stomped out under my running shoes.

I finished my run with a renewed sense of clarity. I didn't even think about my problems during the run, but afterwards everything seemed to change. The problem didn't go away. I was still sad about the situation, but I had a whole new perspective. Everything was just a little bit better. I have a feeling as more time and miles pass, I won't even remember what I was so upset about in the first place.





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7 comments :

  1. I have a pretty serious anxiety problem, Lea, and until I started running, I struggled. By this past December I wasn't sure what to do next. At my wits end, I decided to run...I would give anything if I had found running years ago. I've left the house sad, angry, you name it...and after a run, the problem, of course, is still there, but it doesn't control me anymore. I control it. Hang in there. :)

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    1. thanks! It is amazing what a run can do for our emotions!

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  2. I also have issues with anxiety and I have noticed that running over the past year has helped ease some of my worries, helped me become more organized and focused. I love that I now look forward to running/outdoor activities more than I used to and push myself to accomplish healthy goals.

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  3. Good for you for getting out there. Glad the run helped. Those endorphins do work magic sometimes.

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  4. Running and Yoga are my go to when I need time alone to clear my head and like you said "wash away the problems"! It feels so good to sweat it all out!

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  5. I LOVE running to escape and clear my head and/or to find clarity after a long and frustrating day. The problem when I'm REALLY angry though is that I run like a prize fighter and try to take it out on the pavement. I usually end up going out way too fast and adversely affecting the rest of my run.

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  6. I'm a run walker and love the feeling of clearing my head after a trying day! I live in Houston and even go out when it's 100 degrees!

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