Running as therapy

You can’t run away from your problems.  Problems have a way of quickly finding you and devouring you like a candy bar during PMS. Stress builds and takes over your every thought until you’re a hot mess.  I’ve been there, actually I am there.  I could go to the doctor, get a prescription, maybe go into therapy.  I’ve chosen not to do that.  Not that there is anything wrong with seeking help, it’s not.  Some people can’t manage their symptoms on their own.  I wish my brother had sought help before he decided to take his own life.  Maybe he would still be here.  And maybe our family wouldn’t still be hurting after many years. 

In my case I’ve decided to go towards a more natural approach to my anxiety/minor depression.

I started running.

Running, whether it’s on a street or a treadmill, can act as an antidepressant.  The physical activity of pounding foot to ground is stress relieving in itself.  Running boosts brain activity and mental clarity like nothing else in this world.  After I have a good run I notice I’m way more productive for the rest of the day.  I feel more on my game.  And the sadness that I have built up inside of me, well it’s not there at least for awhile.  I leave all my worries and my problems on that street or treadmill as many days a week as I can manage.  Taking the steps I have with my diet as well has helped.  Going vegan and upping the plant foods I eat has had an extremely positive effect on my brain.  Between this and the running, managing my thoughts has gotten a lot easier.  Not to say that I don’t still get sad from time to time, it’s just easier to deal with especially when I can hit the treadmill in the basement and run it out. 

So, if you have feelings like mine or just need a better way to deal with this world try running and maintaining a plant based diet.  If you’re anything like me it will change your world immensely.

Best wishes for a great weekend,

Denise

Spotlight on one of my dream races- The Hot Chocolate15k

I have a list, a complete whole list of races I want to run.  It’s a crazy obsession of mine.  I haven’t even ran my first race yet still I have a list.  That all changes next year,  My plan is a full race schedule including some of these dream races.  Here’s one of my favorites, The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k.  Even now that I’ve become vegan I still want to do this one.  I’m a chocolate fan plain and simple.  I love chocolate in any form or state.  But that’s not what this post is about so I digress…….

The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

Named one of America’s sweetest races, it is also one of the nation’s fastest growing races.  The goodie bag alone made me drool.

 

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Did I mention there was an after party? Oh yeah there is.  A party filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and yummy things for dipping, and music.  They even have fun things for your kids to play on like bouncy houses.

The best thing about this race is the charity they team up with.  Ronald McDonald house helps families and children in medical crisis stay close to their hospital for little or no charge. Check out their website here http://www.rmhc.org/

Nashville Hot Chocolate 15k website Here’s the Nashville website for the race but there are plenty more if you want to find one near you.  Who wants to run the Nashville one with me on Valentine’s Day next year????

Have a happy weekend,

Denise

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