this is why i run: stress relief // day 11

stress (noun) a specific response by the body to a stimulus that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism

When I was a kid, I would stress out if I got picked last for the neighborhood basketball game or if the cool girl down the street didn’t want to be my friend. As a teen, I would stress about whether or not some boy liked me or if my hair was frizzy. Being an adult brings its’ own types of stress and no matter what season of life I’m in, there will likely be something for me to stress about.

Back in my college days, I realized that running was a good way to help with stress. Studying for exams, staying up late working on projects and everything else that comes with college student territory was something unavoidable but running was the solution that helped provide some relief. (Side note: there are certain things/situations which shouldn’t be overlooked as just stress and if you or someone you know is depressed, definitely get some professional help.) 

With running, I am doing something to physically move my body and reap all those benefits. There is something about pounding my feet on the pavement that helps melt away the stress. Not surprisingly, some of my better training runs and races where I push myself the hardest have been a direct result of being stressed. Got a crying screaming baby who won’t nap? Favorite shirt got ruined in the washer? Stressed out at work? You can bet I’ll be running those miles faster and harder than usual. I’m so grateful that running gives me the ability to respond to stress in a healthy way.

This is why I run.

*This post is a part of a 31 Day Writing Challenge in which I celebrate all the reasons I run. You can find links to all the posts here.

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