Nothing fancy in the picture above.
Just a screen shot of my personal running log. Slowly I am starting to get back into running. I love to run, it’s my stress release. I put my ear buds in, turn on my play list and go. Unfortunately while I prefer to run outside we live in Western New York where during the winter it is not an option.
Today I took to the treadmill with the goal of decompressing from the week.
We made it to Friday! Short week of school for my kids because of the holiday, lot of snow and cold and hopes of snow days (them not me). It was a pretry uneventful week with normal schedules, ups and downs, nothing to tragic.
But, as I pulled out a pair of socks to put on my cold feet I was just done. I was over the day before it started but that was the thing the day wasn’the even close to being done. It was 630 am and the day was just beginning.
I was struggling just to get up and move. I texted a friend to say I could meet at the y but going to the ladies bible study was just not going to work today.
I just needed to run.
I spent the next 2 hours getting the day going.Breakfast, kids up, hair done, finding socks, picking battles overy boots. As I dropped the last 3 off at school and headed to the y to get my run done my mind was still just blah. I called a friend to chat about something with our kids and then sat in my car and knew I just needed to go in.
I made it inside to where the treadmills are, and slowly took of the winter layers and boots. I could feel the stress of the day, week, the ups and downs on my body. My shoulders were so tight it hurt to move my arms.
I just needed to run.
I slowly began running and turned up the music on my playlist. With each verse of the song that came across the earbuds, I slowly began to feel the weight of the morning slip away.
30 minutest later I was done with my run and felt renewed. The day was still busy, the week had been long but I felt renewed.
What about you?
What do you do that is a healthy way to destress when life is wearing you thin? Maybe your like me and your just getting back into the thing you love. Or maybe you know you need to but have been putting it off because you think you don’t have time. Let me encourage you to take 30 minutes today just for you and go. Decompress and let it out. The dishes can wait. The world and all its craziness will still be there. You will just be able to tackle it better.
Sometimes you just got to run…