5 things Running has Taught me About Life
When one starts to become a “runner” something changes… not immediately… but over time. You start to see things differently, feel things in another way, and grow in ways you didn’t even know you needed to.
Running changes you… in ways you didn’t even know were possible. For me running made a dramatic difference in my life…. How so? Well… I divulge….
5 things running has taught me about life.
1. That speeding up can help you slow down…
I learned this one the hard way. Many of you may have read my blog for the Red Current on my struggle with anxiety. I tried therapy and medication and both helped significantly but running plays one of the biggest roles in my anxiety release.
I found out that the harder, faster, longer, and more days I ran the easier it was to release the adrenaline build up from the anxiety and therefore I am able to level myself out more.
It is kind of a natural and easy way to slow my thoughts down and help me function at a more even level. It helps align my thoughts and calm my fears.
2. That holding on can help you let go…
Our everyday responsibilities can get the best of us… the to-do lists that never end… the constant demands. How do you get away from it all… how do you make time for you?
For me setting a goal or a signing up for a race and holding steadfast to the training helped me let go of all the other things I “should” be doing and focus on what I “needed” to do for me.
We so often put ourselves on the back burner and start this vicious cycle where we wear ourselves down and lose sight of who we are. Make a goal and stay true to you… you deserve it.
3. That going alone is good for the collective soul…
I love my running partner…. Lets just put that out there. There are many times when she holds me accountable and in fact she gives me a reason to look forward to running.
That being said there is something about being out there on the open road alone. I am a mother of 2 girls whom I love dearly but there are times when the only “me” time I get is when I am out on a run.
Even when there is a hard day or I don’t want to go I try to remember that that run is necessary for me to be a better mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend and so I lace up and head out the door.
4. That accepting help is not admitting defeat…
This was a tough one for me. I am a type A, perfectionist, and stubborn… I always think there is nothing I can’t do on my own… or at least do better on my own. Admitting failure or inadequacy is painful for me… I mean gut wrenching!
So when I decided to finally cross “running a marathon” off my bucket list it pained me to ask for help training…. But I knew I needed the help of a professional.
Lucky for me I did not have to look far… my cousin Bekah Metzdorf- co-owner of the very best running store in MN- Mill City Running– is also a running coach. Not only did she get me all set with gear, shoes, and GU … she developed a plan tailored just for me.
I highly recommend getting a coach if you can. If not… bet active in the running community… ask other runners for their experiences, stories, advice, and mantras. Don’t be afraid… runners are generally nice people 😉
5. That you can in fact run away from your problems…
This one touches a little on #1 as well. I felt all this pent up adrenaline and at times like the things going on in my life were too much… I needed to get away. In those moments the very best thing to go is lace up and get out!
You will be amazing how much more you can align your thoughts and feelings after that run. Something happens out there on the road… on your own… it all calms down and yet all comes together. Life just doesn’t feel as scary after your run. You come back refreshed and adjusted.
Of course these are all just my experiences but I feel like most of them are a common thread in the running community. I run because somehow completely exhausting myself is the most relaxing part of my day.
Something happens when your feet hit the pavement… your problems seem to melt off your soles and set everything right with your soul.