Running is my sanity… and apparently I need to run more.

If I don’t run, I cry.

As a kid, my mother always shoved me out the door to go for a walk around the block when I started acting out.  I was an unusually excitable child (nothing has changed there, ahem..)  and she always said I needed to get outside and get my ya-ya’s out when I was starting to have a meltdown.

I still need to get my ya-ya’s out.  My angst, my sadness, my anxiety.  All of it. The only thing that focuses me is the feeling of my feet hitting the pavement.

The people in my life who love me most can definitely tell when I have not run for a while, and nothing could be as bad as this fall and winter.

I could not get the energy to run, and the deep coldness of this winter made it even worse.  I was sleeping constantly, feeling worthless and uninspired.  I could hardly move for all the weight and sadness I felt on top of me.  Something needed to be done.

I had access to Al’s treadmill, but I HATE treadmills. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE.  For a person with ADD treadmills are terrifying.  I keep thinking I am going to get distracted by some sort of ***squirrel*** and fall off of it. I digress…

One day I put aside my disdain for those soul sucking hamster devices, crawled off the couch, and started running on my boyfriend’s awesome clothing rack  treadmill.

And I started getting my shit together. It felt so good.  I started getting up at a decent hour, getting editing & writing done, I actually wanted to take photos, and I was feeling human again.

A few months later, I am off the treadmill,  back outside and on the pavement.  It feels amazing.  And my ya-ya’s are being managed effectively ;).

Running is my sanity – what’s yours?

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Running makes me happy!


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10 Comments on Running is my sanity… and apparently I need to run more.

  1. ~jd
    April 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm (3 years ago)

    here’s to making it through the arctic cold of 2013-14 winter! I am not at all pleasant to be around when I don’t move my body (from the fridge to the couch doesn’t count!! HA! 🙂 in the form of running or getting the heart rate up for at least 30 minutes. Running IS my happy hour and I think I’m a better person for it. (health and tempermant wise…) here’s to getting it done, no matter where you are 🙂

    • Hannah
      April 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m in total agreement! Can’t wait to meet you in person 🙂

  2. krista l.
    April 10, 2014 at 12:57 am (3 years ago)

    I have never been a runner but I have always secretly longed to be! One time I did get in “the zone” and it was amazing! I felt like I could run forever! Thank you for giving me the inspiration to get back out there and try it again!

    • Hannah
      April 10, 2014 at 1:10 am (3 years ago)

      Yes – do it!! It’s the best feeling ever 🙂

  3. Cheryl "Outdoorgirl"
    April 10, 2014 at 1:52 am (3 years ago)

    As you know, my sanity is Fishing! 😉 With this Fall/Winter, thank God for Al’s treadmill….otherwise you may have had to be hooked up to the sled for a run with the dogs. LOL

    • Hannah
      April 10, 2014 at 1:58 am (3 years ago)

      Yes!! I think being hooked up to dogs might have made for great photos lol

  4. Heidi
    April 10, 2014 at 4:04 am (3 years ago)

    Let’s talk about winter running! Maybe we can find a way to help you get through! I often run below zero, and have developed some secrets to help 🙂

    • Hannah
      April 10, 2014 at 4:27 am (3 years ago)

      Normally I am the queen of winter running, however -40 is not my favorite temp to run in lol I have the best Ice Breaker stuff, so I’m not cold, but at that temp my asthma kicks my ass.. ewwwww.

    • Hannah
      April 10, 2014 at 4:28 am (3 years ago)

      Btw we need to meet!! We have so much in common lol

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