One of the things I love about running is the feeling I get of being so free. No matter the distance of my run, the pain, heartache, stress, or worries that follow be throughout the day are left behind and I feel like a new person. Fresh slate, clear mind, strong body. After a good run I feel like I am mentally and physically overcome the next obstacle thrown at me.

When things are weighing heavy on my mind, I let the thoughts linger for a second, envision them all being wound up in a ball and then throw them out of sight, out of mind.

I get everything out during these times where I feel like I need to run. I am not running away from my problems, but rather facing them head on, contemplating positive solutions, and preparing myself for battle.

I become a warrior.

Similarly, running is so therapeutic for my soul. The feeling of just moving is freeing in itself. I am not longer caged up and allow my legs to be my grounded wings to make me fly.

I soar.

Out there nothing can bother me. The only thing that could slow me down or stop me is myself.

I rise to the occasion.

My early morning run was just what I was yearning for; a time to just breathe, to exist, to just be.  Life is too short and time runs right past us. As I bared my soul with each stride, I let the new day cover me, the summer sun warmer than any blanket. The cold inside me was shaken. It never felt so good to be alive.

Finding a positive healthy behavior for times when you are down is so beneficial. I was looking forward to a good run yesterday, but by the time I got home I was drained and hungry. After a filling eggplant dinner, I decided to call it an early night and get the rest I needed to shake my Monday blues.

I set my alarm early, sleeping in my running shorts to give myself no excuses. At the crack of dawn I was eager to rise out of bed and out into the world. Fresh day, fresh state of mind. I emptied my mind and my inner battery was recharged. By the time my run was over, I felt alive again.

For this morning’s run, I added two pound weighted gloved to give my arms some extra toning. I wanted to go for 4 miles, but by the time I finished the 2nd mile I was ready to hit the shower, have my breakfast and head to work a little early.

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