Running to beat the stress

Thursday, September 01, 2011

One thing I have found since I started exercising and running - for the first time ever in my life - a few years ago, is that it's a darn good stress reliever. It's hard to hold on to worry or stressful feelings when you are pounding down the pavement and trying to breathe properly, or working on an exercise machine - or for that matter, trying to keep up with a crazy Zumba step!

This week, it has sure been helpful. Oh nothing major - but as a first class worrier and stress holder, I've been surely tested this week. Monday morning, my baby boy - who can't possibly be 13 (almost 14), started high school. Jake has some learning challenges which he has been working hard at, and is extremely shy - and was pretty scared to be starting high school. So I took the day off (parents were welcomed on the first day as it was only grade 9's on Monday). I had left it up to him if he wanted me there - as I have been trying very hard to let him gain some much needed independence. At the last minute he decided that he would accept a drive there (it's about a 40 minute walk), but that he didn't want me to come in. As I dropped him off and was wishing him well and ensuring him that it would be a great day - my heart was just catching in my throat. I actually had to stop babbling to him as I could feel the tears coming (and that would not have added to my happy, positive Mom facade). He headed off on his own, found a couple of boys he knew and headed in.

Me - I headed to the gym and ran around the track until I was suitably de-stressed.

Jake had a great day and I could breathe a bit easier that night.

Yesterday...my formerly baby girl - turned 20. What? How the heck did that happen. It was bad enough that she is only home for another week before heading back to University, but that she is now an "adult" , which means, that I have an adult child. Well, that is just kookoo. At about 1:15 in the afternoon I realized that 20 years ago to that exact minute, I was writing down my contraction times. Phew. That brought a tear to my eye.

So, before her birthday dinner, I stopped at the gym and hit the track. After a great run and work out, I was ready to face the rest of the day.

Tonight all is good - but I will be trying to run off the KFC we had for Kaitlin's birthday dinner!!

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    Life is full of so many changes, so many struggles, so many things that we hold on to and cherish. Watching our kids grow up can be so fun and yet so difficult....and sometimes those two things change places a couple of times a minute.

    I am glad to hear that your son had a good first day at school. My daughters were in marching band when they were in high school. It was good, because the school holds a band camp a few weeks before school starts. They learn marching routines, new music and they get to meet about 100 (sometimes 200) other "band geeks." They wear that band geek label as a badge of honor. And when school officially starts, they start knowing quite a few kids in their school. It helped to take away those first day jitters!!

    Now about having a daughter turn 20.....my baby turned 20 this Spring. It doesn't seem right. Seems like she was just born. Where, oh where, did the time go?

    Thank your kids for the extra cardio workouts that they have given to you.


    And give them some extra hugs, too. Time is precious and it goes by WAY too quickly.

    Hope you have a wonderful week. Best wishes always....Bill
    3579 days ago
    I completely agree that running/exercising is great stress relief. I almost always feel more upbeat after a good workout and never have the guilt that comes from coping with food.

    emoticon to you as you watch your children growing up. Mine are still so little, but there are times when I'm thinking "Wait. Stop. I'm not ready for you to move onto the next stage yet!"
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    My 17 yr old has his first girlfriend and had his first kiss. I'd better hit the elliptical in the morning!
    3583 days ago
    I find running to be the best stress reliever for me! My previously home schooled 7 year old started 2nd grade in public school....I know what you mean about holding back the tears. I came home and ran 4 miles and walked 1! emoticon
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