Running Through It

Running Through It

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I didn’t want to run today. I was feeling down. Sad. Missing my husband. The weather matched my mood.

Rainy, overcast, windy.

I had more than enough good excuses to stay inside and feel sorry for myself.

I didn’t.

I grabbed my shoes and loaded my ipod with a new playlist. I hit the road with permission to run as far or as short as my heart desired. No attachment to pace. The only goal was to get out of the house and away from my thoughts. The intention to simply run with the purpose of clearing my head and enjoying the run.

As I put one foot in front of the other, over and over, something started to happen. I began to feel better, to smile, to enjoy the music.

I started to feel strong.

With each raindrop that hit my skin, I felt refreshed.

Each time my feet hit the pavement I felt grounded.

So I kept running and running and running. I ran longer than I’ve run all year, faster than I normally run. It was the best run I’ve had in months.

All because I gave myself permission to run even though I didn’t want to. It was what my soul needed to remember what it felt like to be free.


  1. Sabine

    April 21, 2012

    Thank you so much for sharing this Christy! I can totally relate. What a great and wise decision to go running anyway. This is something I have to rediscover time and time again: just GO. Just DO it. And let your body make you feel better. And especially: let go of the pressure and the ‘shoulds’, just giving ourself permission will free ourselves and this will give us wings.
    Beautiful! And happy for you.

  2. Tammy Newman

    April 23, 2012

    Love this, Christy! Such a good reminder that I don’t always have to feel great before a run, and that the run itself can lead me to feeling great. Thanks!

  3. Nikki

    April 24, 2012

    Beautiful post! I am having trouble getting out of the house, today for my run. Your post is exactly what I needed. thank you for sharing :-)

  4. Shay de Silva

    April 29, 2012

    Your posts are so motivational! Thanks again for always sharing such personal insights and stories!

  5. JB

    June 20, 2012

    The other day we had a late evening rain shower. And I had just read this post. So i went running just in spite. That’s was awesome, it was almost like it was me against the world – I was ‘that guy’ who was running in the rain. And because it was so weird and counter-sanity to run in the rain – it fueled me to keep going and gave me strength that surprised me. It was fun!

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