How Running Became Therapeutic

Running started out as something I did to lose some weight, now, it’s become one of my biggest passions – and a huge stress reliever. Running is how I deal with difficult times, happy times, and everything in between. Running sparks my creativity, helps me make decisions, calms me down, and so, so much more.

I started running near the end of my first year of university, shortly before suddenly losing my grandmother. Running helped me clear my head, deal with the loss, and keep things in perspective. Running flat out puts me in a better mood. If I go a few days without running, I know that I get grouchy. If I have a big decision to make or am dealing with a difficult situation, it’s almost as though I need to take a time out, go for a run and then revisit the decision/issue and I end up having a new perspective or a sense of clarity that I’ve acquired while running. the secret to handling a toddler tantrum? Put him in the stroller, get outside and go for a run – it works for us both.

Running has a therapeutic effect on me.

In May, I suffered a miscarriage, and as backwards as it sounds, I got home from the hospital and went for a run. I felt lost and didn’t even know what to do, so I ran. I ran a little slow, but I ran long enough to help gain some perspective on the situation. This past weekend I was hit with a double whammy – suffering miscarriage number two, and my grandfather having a stroke. I was not – and still am not – prepared to deal with either of these events. One minute you are on cloud nine, the next you feel like you’re sinking in quicksand. After talking to my mom about the miscarriage, she asked me what I did, and she probably wasn’t surprised when I told her I went for a run. Probably not the best idea, but I came home after and rested for a very long time.

Running has been a constant in my life for the past eight years. I’ve often said that some of the best conversations are the ones between my many pairs of running shoes and the pavement. I can’t exactly figure out how running became such a therapeutic thing for me, but I do know that I am extremely thankful that I found it.

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