Tuesday, November 15, 2016

16 Ways Running Is There for You

I'm not going to blog in depth about the election because I'm sure you are as eff'ing sick of the fall out as I am. But, I will say, I have been trying very hard to see both sides of things, which has involved educating myself as much as possible about the entire picture. Both sides. I feel it's my duty as a US citizen to be well informed and to realize the country has spoken. No matter what side I am on.

Bottom line, I tell my kids to be productive, to be kind and to fight for what they believe. I'm encouraged that they care as much as they do about the process and want what is just and what is right. I love that we have open and candid family discussions. I want them to be inclusive. I want them to not be apathetic. This was Sam's first year to vote and he took it seriously. And, Emma will follow in 2020.

Through all of this and through any tough time I am forever grateful for running. 

It's an escape as much as it is a therapy session and a means of getting perspective. I come back from runs a more balanced and better person overall. This weekend I was lucky enough to have my therapy session in Frisco, Colorado.



But, even if you can't run in the Colorado mountains or on a white sandy beach, all it takes is lacing up and getting out. And, remembering that...
  1. Running is there for you when your heart is broken.
  2. Running is there for you when you lose a loved one.
  3. Running is there for you when you feel like a failure as a parent and need some perspective.
  4. Running is there for you after a stupid argument with your spouse or best friend.
  5. Running is there for you when you are crying so hard you can hardly see.
  6. Running is there for you when you listen to the news and start to once again feel despondent about the state of things.
  7. Running is there for you when  you are fighting addiction.
  8. Running is there for you when you are bursting with happiness.
  9. Running is there for you when you need a mental boost.
  10. Running is there for you when nothing has turned out how you thought it would.
  11. Running is there for you to make you feel strong.
  12. Running is there for you when your pet dies.
  13. Running is there for you when you need a do-over.
  14. Running is there for you when you are recovering from illness.
  15. Running is there for you when your house is a mess, when bills need to be paid and when the toilet is overflowing. 
  16. Running is there for you when no one else is.
How has running rescued you or made you better?

SUAR

30 comments:

  1. I'm an adult onset runner, after spending most of my life thinking that anyone who ran was nuts. Then I got hooked on triathlon. Now I miss running if I haven't had one for a few days. It's helped with weight control, and it's great bur burning off frustration. It is superb for thinking something through, sort of letting a stew simmer. I stop actively thinking about the issue when I start to run,and by the end of the run I usually have a pretty good idea how to move forward.

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  2. I ran my first marathon (WDW 2016) the day after my father in law passed away after a two year struggle with cancer. He was a mountain man and he loved the outdoors so he was so excited for me to run a marathon, so there was no question about whether I would run it after he died. But it's no joke how running works out some of those deep emotions. I had to take a few pit stops to just break down and cry...but he would have been so excited. And it was special to be surrounded by my closest friends, cheering me on as I did the hardest physical thing I've ever done, while going through the hardest emotional thing.

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    1. This is amazing. Now you are making me cry..

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    2. Me too. What a beautiful honor to your father-in-law.

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    3. Oh, that's wonderful. That's similar to how I got into running ... happened to run my first half the day my mom told me she had terminal pancreatic cancer. Tribute races from then on seemed a most healing way to go.

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  3. A zillion times and then some. Running is my therapy.

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  4. I have been especially grateful that I am healthy enough to run this past week. Otherwise there would have been a lot of wine drinking going on.

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  5. I will often go for a run during my "lunch" break, to gain perspective on my day and on what current issues I need to resolve. I use my time running to think, to rationalize"......before I hit "send". Is running an addiction? - maybe but I feel it is a great to help balance our lives.

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  6. So many times - I find that the monsters are horrible runners. I am slow, but I always seem to outrun them. When my husband was severely injured in Afghanistan, there weren't many places to run at Walter Reed, so I laced up and ran the stairs pretty much every day.

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    1. 'Monsters are horrible runners', love that! Thank you to both you and your husband for his service and sacrifice. I hope he is doing well.

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  7. I started running at age 54, and I"m 60 now. My comfort zone is lots of 5Ks, but I'm doing my third half in Memphis for the kids of St. Jude in two weeks. If you haven't experienced that weekend, you should. Inspiring!

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  8. I strongly resonate with every single one of those points. After I heard the news that a friend of mine committed suicide 2 years ago all I could think of doing was running...and running...and running for hours while shedding lots of tears.

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  10. I picked up running while going through divorce a few years ago. At the time, I realized that I was going to be forced through a lot of changes in my life and I didn't want to feel like I had no control over my future. Taking up running, doing races and becoming healthier was a way for me to reassert some control over my life and define who I wanted to be.

    And here I am today - completed my first marathon a couple weeks ago. It never occurred to me to even attempt something like that a few years ago.

    Running helped me to focus on the future and what I needed to do to make things better. When things look bleak, don't despair - act.

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    1. When things look bleak, don't despair - act. - THIS IS PERFECT

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  11. Without a doubt, running got me through my divorce. Want to set someone's car on fire? I suggest going for a run instead.

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  12. Running keeps me on the straight & narrow. Without it I'd be a chain smoking wino! I'd weigh 6 stone or 16! It's definitely been a best friend for many years & knowing you have to go running tomorrow keeps my sensible head on today! Not sure if this makes much sense but hope you understand what I mean!

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