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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Running

About 3 years ago, during my freshman year of college, I was going through a bit of a hard time adjusting to the college experience. Without going into too much detail, I was recovering from a bad breakup with an ex who was now taking interest in my best friend.. Needless to say I wasn't in a good spot. Through this bout of depression, I didn't do much but play guitar in my dorm room, eat alone at one of the on campus diners, and run at the track in the gym during that last semester of the year, I started. The reason I initially took up running was, of course - to stay in shape. I started with the goal of running a mile nonstop, which was honestly quite grueling at times. Nevertheless, as time went by I was running a mile in about 6-7 minutes without breaks. At this point, however, I wasn't running because I wanted to stay fit or to reach the next goal. I was running because it was therapeutic. It gave me a chance to "run" from my inner worries, all the while giving me something to feel good about. I credit these evening jogs with helping me overcome my hardships and as a key component in maintaining the positive mental state I have today.

4 comments:

  1. I definitely understand this feeling while running. I cannot wait until I am back in a place where I can achieve the freedom felt whilst running again.

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  2. I currently run as a hobby; at this point you could say that it's kind of an addiction. I've used running many times to "escape." It can clear the mind. When hardships in life make you feel hopeless, it can help you heal.

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  3. I endured similar privations to that of your own when I was a junior in college, and for me, it was running on a long stretch of road due to a dysfunctional relationship and the divorce of my parents. I would say that whereas walking allows us to become one with all that is around us, running allows us to become one with ourselves.

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  4. I endured similar privations to that of your own when I was a junior in college, and for me, it was running on a long stretch of road due to a dysfunctional relationship and the divorce of my parents. I would say that whereas walking allows us to become one with all that is around us, running allows us to become one with ourselves.

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