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Why I Run: My Sanity

Written By: der5er - May• 14•10

Some days I feel just plain crazy. My mind runs a million miles a minute thinking about no one thing in particular or multiple different things are coming at me all at once. My job isn’t extremely high stress, but it does have its moments.  This is when I’m really thankful for running.

During the week I run in the mornings.  Early morning.  I try to get out the door on running days before 6:00 AM.  It doesn’t always work out, but that’s my goal each time I head out Monday through Friday.  Some days I snooze too much.  Some days I get a serious case of the lazies.  Most days, I get up at 5:00 AM, have some cereal, espresso, and water; and hit the road.  These runs are always peaceful.  The whole neighborhood is quiet, the sun is just coming up, there’s a tranquil serenity about it that’s hard to describe.  Of course, I blow “tranquil” and “serenity” away by plugging my earbuds into my ears and cranking some music or a podcast.

For an entire hour, or sometimes a little less, I zone out.  My mind still thinks about things and races around a bit, but in a good way.  More ordered and structured is how I would describe my thinking when I’m running.   I’ve been stressing lately about the fact that I didn’t write anything since mid-February here.  I had hit a block and couldn’t think of anything to write.  This series of posts is a result of thinking about that while I run.   It took me a while, but I figured out how to kick myself in the rear and get writing again.  Thanks to running, I’ve got one less thing to stress about.

Saturdays and Sundays, I venture out into the daylight.  Never both, our weekend schedule at home doesn’t really allow for that.  I don’t care what season it is, it’s always beautiful to run along the Swift Creek Reservoir for a nice long run.  Sunrise and sunset on the reservoir are nice, but it’s really pretty any time of day.

Sunset on the Reservoir

Sunset on the Reservoir

Tell me a view like that wouldn’t instantly banish all the crazy from your life?

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