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10 Miles to Ease the Stress

The past couple of weeks have been a bit stressful.  Nothing big, but a situation where you just want your kid to be happy and to be rewarded when it’s deserved.  As parents, we all hate to see our kids hurt or struggle, even though it is a part of life that helps us grow.

Decisions need to be made and it’s not always easy.  Yesterday was a day when I was feeling the stress and anxiety big time.  No amount of deep breathing or trying to ignore stressful thoughts would help.  I had 10 miles on the calendar and I was hoping that might help ease these feelings.

I headed to the Centennial trail in Snohomish.  I love this paved trail!  It is 29 miles long and one day I hope to bike the whole thing roundtrip:)  But today I just wanted to enjoy the scenery and listen to my music.  The 1st 5 miles were a bit of a struggle.  As soon as I started I had to pee really bad!  I knew the nearest port-a-potty was 1.5 miles ahead so I just had to suffer til then.  Finally I made it and was so happy to see the bathroom!  I have to say that the thoughts that were creeping into my head didn’t lend to a feel-good run:(  At 5 miles I hit a trailhead that had a real bathroom and a water fountain.  I took this time to use the facilities and call my husband.  Our chat improved my mood a bit and it was time to finish the last 5 mile stretch back to my car.

Immediately I felt so much better!  I was running 30-45 seconds faster per mile.  I felt good and instead of hearing those stressful thoughts, I enjoyed my music and the surroundings.  I made it back to my car and was so happy to be done and feeling better:)  It took 10 miles, but I guess I no longer had the energy to worry about the little things;)

5-12-15It’s interesting how the stresses of everyday life can affect performance.  It’s also interesting to me that I can run 5 miles and feel slow and sluggish but the second 5 miles feel so good.  Weird!  I guess when my body lets go of the stress, it’s like a weight is lifted off and I feel free:)

Do your runs help relieve life’s stresses?  How many miles does it take for you to feel free?

Have a great day and happy running!