Can all of the problems of the world be solved by running? The short answer: probably not. But, I do have to tell you that if you’re struggling to find answers in your own life, a good place to start may be in the midst of a run. It doesn’t have to be long or fast. Just lace up and go. Amidst my run this morning, it dawned on me… I don’t do this to be physically fit. Sure it’s an added bonus but I do this as an outlet. It’s a time where I can shut everything out. 45 minutes to an hour of absolutely no distractions, interruptions, dramas, or stressors. My phone is on silent. I don’t get text messages. I’m not bombarded with 16 emails. I don’t get Snapchat notifications. I don’t care about what is being posted on Instagram. For a solid hour, I am alone. Alone with my thoughts and let me tell you it is absolutely wonderful.
It Isn’t About Being Physically Fit (@ Least For Me)
Despite what some people probably think, running honestly isn’t my most favorite exercise. Sure, I’m a decent runner. I can keep up with most people (except for my sister) and I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel a sense of accomplishment post-run; it’s invigorating! BUT, I can without question tell you that I don’t set out on my quest looking to go a certain distance, a certain pace, for a certain time. Instead, I just go. While some have set distances, paces or lengths in mind (and let me point out that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that), I find that some of my best thoughts come when I “free” run. Meaning, I don’t put one foot in front of the other for any other reasons then to blow some steam and re-center myself.
Ironically, I Feel Stronger After a Run
An hour of running would more than likely drain someone, but for me its quite the opposite. Sure, my body is a bit achy. I’m sweaty and I definitely smell BUT I am ready. I’m ready to tackle the day. The problems that may arise, the unexpected annoyances, the “didn’t go according to plan” moments. I’m mentally sharp and focused. I’m full of energy; ready to cross all of the things off of my to-do list. On top of this, I feel a sense of confidence. It’s more than just feeling confident in the day ahead. I am confident IN MYSELF. I walk with confidence. I talk with confidence. I act with confidence. That alone is priceless.
“Go For a Run”
My sister used to tell me to go for a run whenever I was hurt, upset, or bothered by something or someone. Honestly, it used to irritate the hell out of me. What kind of response/advice is that? I always felt dismissed and unimportant; she was too busy/didn’t care to actually listen to what I was saying. It didn’t hit me until recently that she didn’t tell me to go for a run to dismiss my feelings. She was telling me to go for a run out of confidence. She had the confidence in ME that I would be able to work (literally run) these issues out. She believed in my ability to figure it out on my own. And guess what? I did. And quite honestly, you can too.
So no, we may not be able to solve the problems of the world by running. But you sure as hell can solve a lot of your own problems by running, NO MATTER HOW FAR OR FAST YOU GO. Get going!
Article written by GUADS staff member, Chelsea