How Running Improved My Mental Clarity

Who else can’t help but think about the future and how unclear it is?

Since quarantine really kicked in several months ago, my head has been a jumbled mess of fears and stressors of the unknown. I fell into an unhealthy routine of sleeping, eating and overthinking.

I needed something to pull me out of the mental hole I was digging myself into.

My mind was always racing, so I thought, why not let my legs do the job instead?

Running has always been an area of interest for me, but I never found the will to really push myself to try it out until now. But what better time is there to test out a new hobby than 2020?

After a few tries, I discovered that running requires a certain amount of determination. You need to find the drive to keep moving, even when it seems impossible. This took a bit to get used to, but I eventually learned that running has helped me in more ways than just getting back into shape.

Most importantly, I found that when I run, I just run.

When I run, there is no room for intrusive thoughts, anxieties or overthinking. All I have to do is concentrate on the road ahead of me, breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth and try not trip over my own two feet.

When I run, it’s just me, my music and the world at my feet.

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