Feeling Overwhelmed? Time for a Run.
|August 14, 2013||Filled under Running|
Do you ever get so overwhelmed that you just sort of shut down and don’t want to do anything at all?
Because that’s how I’m feeling right now.
I still haven’t recovered from my big move and it’s taking a while to get settled here at home. I know it will come with time, but after feeling so productive for the past few months, it feels like I’ve run into a brick wall. I go to bed each night with all of these ambitions, and then each morning, I wake up and just….can’t.
But I am determined to fight back against this feeling, and the best way I know how is by taking everything piece by piece.
First, breakfast = oatmeal, peaches, blueberries, and banana.
My favorite part about being home is having coffee with my parents in the morning. I’ve actually been waking up early just to catch them before they go to work. And on weekends, when we have more time, we sit out on the porch and relax.
Taking this time in the morning to casually wake up has really helped me get a handle on my day. I can prioritize my to-do list and mentally prepare for what has to get done.
I’ve also found that a good run can help clear my mind and put me in a better, more productive mood. Of course, this probably isn’t news to runners who are all too familiar with the many physical and mental benefits to running.
I was really pleased with this run! It’s the best feeling in the world after you run that first easy mile and the rest hardly feel like work at all. A few more runs like this and I think I might actually feel confident about my upcoming October half marathon! I have about two months to train….but thinking about it kind of stresses me out and that’s the opposite of what I’m trying to do here! So right now, it’s just about getting out there and getting the miles in.
I think part of the reason this run was so positive is because of the incredible weather – lower humidity and not too hot. In fact, this morning I woke up and it was in the 60s! Soon it will be time to break out the boots, scarves, and pumpkin spice lattes! Mmm.
Primarily, I’ve been running around my neighborhood since it’s filled with hills (perfect for race training), but there are some really beautiful patches of green hidden off the beaten path. Granted, it’s places like this that might be why we have such a huge mosquito problem!
It’s amazing what a good run will do to make you feel like you have a grasp on the world again. I finished my run feeling hot and sweaty, but also feeling a little bit more in control of my life. I know I still have a million things to get done, but as long as I tackle them one at a time, I think I can handle it.
How do you deal with feeling overwhelmed?
What does running do for you?
Are you ready for Fall?