This post title really should be my mantra this week. I mentioned in my last post that there’s some not-so-good stuff going on in my personal life (stuff that I can’t really get into detail about here on the blog) that has really left me feeling run down. It’s been difficult to get out of bed and into the world this week because being at home in bed feels like such a safe little cocoon. But the reality is I can’t live my life like that–I can’t let these negative situations affect my everyday life and prevent me from doing the things that mean a lot to me.
In the past, running has been a great outlet for me and has really helped me through very difficult situations. Given everything that’s going on, I realize I need to shift my focus from running for fitness or for training reasons and just run for release and to have some time away from everything that is stressing me out and troubling me. If I try to run for other reasons during times like this, running just becomes another source of stress.
Today was my first run of the week, which obviously means my training schedule is a bit off. But that’s okay. Like I said, that’s a secondary goal right now, and I know I can still get my mileage in without killing myself trying this week. My biggest goal is to just remain sane, stay out of the hospital, and try to keep things from getting to me so much that I lose track of what really matters in life.
How do you get through difficult times in your life? Has running helped you to deal with those hard times?