How Running Became my Therapy

Running is like going to a therapist, guys! It really is! Well no, it’s not. It’s cheaper!

When I run I think about whatever is bothering me inside; whether it is something happening at work or something happening on my personal life. As I run, I think on how to fix this problem. While I do this, I am not only solving the problem in my head, to execute it later, but I am running without even noticing. Running is a metal game. You can’t say you are tired, because you will get tired. You can’t say it’s too hot, because it will get hot. You can’t say your feet hurt, because they will hurt. You have got to enjoy the view and let that view inspire your thoughts! It is as if my brain is more active. Why? Because there is nothing distracting me while I run. My phone is not ringing with a new notification, the TV is not stealing my attention and the internet isn’t begging for attention. It’s just me and my thoughts and some sweat here and there.

Something that motivates me a lot is to set a long term goal and many short term goals in between. For example, a long term goal would be running a marathon next year and the short term goals will be daily and weekly achievements to get there. I always know how much I will run before I start running, because that’s how I challenge myself. Sometimes I want to beat a certain distance and sometimes I just want to beat a certain time. Do you have any idea how good you feel after making one of these goals? If you do, awesome! You can agree with me on this one! And if you don’t, GO FOR IT! Set a goal (a challenging, but realistic one) whether it is to run for half a mile or a marathon, and when you achieve the goal you set for yourself you will see that it truly is the best feeling ever. You feel that if you can achieve that goal, you can really do anything you set your mind to.

One of the most rewarding feelings I have gained from running is seeing my progress. I am by no means ready for a marathon yet. But I can say I am ready for a half marathon. And let me tell you, when I started running I couldn’t finish a mile without walking. Yes. That’s how bad it was! Now I can’t imagine not running. It really is a rewarding hobby/sport/therapy or whatever you want to label it as. I promise you that if you give it a try, you won’t regret it. But just a piece of advise, start slow and at your own pace. Progress won’t happen from one day to the next, but it will happen.

Give it a try! And come back and tell me how it went!

And if you are a runner, give me some tips! Share the wealth!


Flashes of clarity

  • I’ve been trying to run regularly since last year and I did really well before I moved to Spain! I’m slowly getting back into it though, as it was improving my overall health so much and helping to make me feel better in myself! I actually went for a run today and I ran longer without stopping and also did a further distance! But now I have a headache! Maybe tomorrow I will take it easier? haha

    Lauren 🙂 x

    • Ari

      Haha. That is great! Yes I always think it’s better to take it easy and then you will notice how you start going further without even trying. So glad you started to run again! 🙂 it is a great feeling. You get those endorphins going and makes you feel good about yourself 🙂

  • Running really is a mental game. I ran cross country & track in high school and my coaches always said that races are 80% mental, and 20% physical ability. I actually don’t run anymore (my joints hate me) but I still love exercising! I love doing the stationary bike or elliptical. Exercise really is like therapy- I always feel rejuvenated afterwards and feel like I’m going crazy if I go a week without it! A great playlist also helps too 🙂

    • Ari

      Yes! It’s all about having that routine and then you can’t live without it. A playlist is sooo helpful! I’ve gotten into podcasts too!

      And in regards to joints, I’m going to start swimming to help with injuries and things like that. Let’s see how that goes!

  • I never thought about running as a way to think about other things in my mind and try to figure them out. I’ve always hated running, but maybe next time I feel like exercising, I’ll think of this post & try and think of something to think about whilst I’m running! Thanks:)

    • Ari

      Yes Lucy! Give it a try! It will definitely help you run further. Like I said, it’s all mental! 🙂

  • Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    You’re a runner too?? We have even more in common! Glad I found your blog!

    I got bit by the running bug in 2013. Like you, I find the measurable progress an amazing feeling. And there is nothing like crossing the finish line of your first half and/or full marathon after months of hard work. I’m excited to hear more about your progress!

    • Ari

      Awww thanks! Yesss it’s such an awesome feeling! I love meeting runners and talk like nerds about it. People who don’t run think we are crazy. Glad you love running toooo!!!! 😀

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