Running helps with physical and mental health as you dear reader will know. It helped me and us weather the years as a “step” family, it gave me thinking room, time to work things through on those long runs, finding the way forward.

Occasionally though I have found when my heart is particularly heavy and when that lump in my throat won’t go, running is hard. I have discovered like swimming and laughing, running and crying simultaneously is impossible. Last night was club night and a hill training session, I was torn, I wanted to get out but knew running was going to be tricky, exercise was not going to make me feel better. However I had fixed a friends leggings and was returning them, commitment made, I had to go. I found the session hard, my legs leaden, the signals from my brain to my legs were not getting through, blocked by life events. This was one of those occasions where pounding the streets was not going to help.

Fast forward 12 hours. After my 7 am spinning session, I went for a run. Heavy heart gone, lumpy throat vanished, legs, lungs and brain all felt good. It was the best run in a long time. It was cold, but boy the scenery was amazing.

My heart sang, normal service has been resumed and the world has been righted on its axis!

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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8 Responses to Therapy

  1. mawil1 says:

    Fab scenery! I agree with what you are saying about how you can’t run if your brain is full of another issue. I know many people say that running helps with stress, but there’s a point at which it doesn’t. But it sounds like you have moved on, so I’m pleased to hear it! Sounds like the spinning is really great for you just now!

    • shazruns says:

      Funny isn’t it, that there is a tipping point! Yep really enjoying the spinning, the legs burn in a way they don’t during running – I think that’s a good thing!

  2. CJ says:

    🙂 beautiful! just wow! I can’t do anything when i have the blooz 😦 I need to be home…

  3. Hi Shaz, great post.

    I actually wanted to glean some advice on another topic: what do you carry with you for trail runs for purposes of hydration and carrying extra layers etc? I’ve always previously used a v basic camelpack to carry 1.5l fluid but nothing much else which works well for me for road running, but now i’m trying to do more off-road grizzly prep I really feel like I need to carry some basic stuff like a spare layer in case of emergency … I need something with a bit more capacity but super-comfy to carry (I don’t want to know its there!). Any advice??



    • shazruns says:

      How exciting that you are training for The Grizzly, I might see you there!
      I also use a basic 1.5 litre camel bac it does have two pockets though which is handy. I tend to run warm so don’t carry much but this would be able to take, gloves, hat, long sleeve if need be. Or I would tie top round my waist. Do love this hydration system and prefer it over the larger one I purchased this summer.
      Not sure this is very useful! Sometimes if I don’t have my pack with me i safety pin my gloves to my waist band when I take them off or shove in my bra, not sure I’d be able to do the same with a base layer!

      • So i ‘run warm’ too and on the road I wouldn’t carry anything much … but torn between being ‘sensible’ and carrying stuff for emergencies vs running light! (its quite terrifying how cold one can get if you have to stop running!)

        Ho hum, maybe the jacket-round-the-waist is good enough!

        Ta Shaz!

  4. Hugs x glad you’re feeling better x

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