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.

Running is therapeutic (and so is writing, so thank you for reading).

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  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. :)

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

  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.

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

  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!

  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.

  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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