Outrunning my troubles
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
I run because even if it's only for a short time, I can outrun my troubles. Will they be waiting for me when I finish? Of course. But for the 45 minutes or so that I am running, they are gone. I don't think about the bills that are hard to pay, the job that is so stressful, the long list of errands I need to run. I don't think about my niece's mental illness, my aging parents who live too far away, my husband's chronic medical condition. All I think about is the smell of the air coming off the canal, the rustle of the leaves when the wind blows, the sound of my feet hitting the trail. For a short time, I have run away from my troubles. And when I am done, they meet me at the car but they no longer seem so overwhelming. My head is clear, my body feels invigorated and I am ready to tackle anything.