Thursday, August 7, 2014

I Run to Unwind Those Tangled Thoughts from the Day

You know one of the great things about having a blog? It is like a diary. A diary that is open to the whole world to read, but it a real log of the things that have happened in my life over the last several years. A web log. A blog.

Reminds me of something that made me laugh on a dumb show I was watching this week. You know that new show that is like the Wonder Years, but set in the 80s, but not as good? Yeah, that one. (I'll pretend I care so little that I can't even remember the name of the show.) #notwinniecooper

the mom: "You wrote fake stuff in your real diary?"
the daughter: "Yes, because I knew you would read it, and I wanted to prove that you are incapable of trusting me."
the dad: "Here's an idea.
Don't write your feelings down.
Shove them down into your body and forget about them like I do.
There's no downside."

Ha Ha. Such a dad thing to say. 

If I didn't write my feelings down and run my feelings out, I think I would go crazy. 

One day last week I wondered what I was doing this time last year. A quick click on my blog brought me back there instantly. Ahhh, 2013. The good ol' days. 

Turns out it was a day I wasn't all that thrilled to remember. I was having a bad day. A real doozy.  

It kind of mirrored a little how I was feeling today, exactly a year later. Coincidence? Maybe it is just that by the end of these Texas summers, my tolerance for the heat and people (lol) is all but gone, and it causes me to handle life with less grace and patience. It's hot, I'm cranky. Just a theory. Is it autumn yet?

There is nothing like an evening run to unwind all those tangled thoughts from the day.

My head was spinning with all these negative thoughts. I just couldn't get out of my own head. I thought I needed a run to work these things out. 

I had dinner with hubby and waited until about 7:30 for the temperature to drop a little before I hit the streets (you know, down to a cool 98 degrees). Then a strange thing happened. Once I got out there, I didn't give a single thought to any of my troubles. I thought about all the things that I was grateful for. I thought about our upcoming anniversary vacation. I thought about this blog. I came up with this post title. I thought about everything else and I completely forgot to give a single thought to my self-inflicted worries. Four miles later when I got home, everything I was worried about today seemed like less of a big deal. 

Worrying Works! 90% of the things I worry about never happen.

I am so thankful for the ability to run. I run to work out my body, to work out my thoughts, to work out my troubles, to work out my soul. Running is therapy. Exercise is my mood enhancing drug. 

Why do you run? 

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  1. This is soooo true! That is one of the things I love the most about running is being able to get out there with nature and just run it out! Hope you are feeling a little better! xoxo

    Andie's Traveling Pants

  2. Love that poster.... it is so true!


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