Tweets for #13.1 miles

  1. THE COLOR RUN – Be a Color Runner
    Fri, May 11 2012 06:59:17
  2. FitHappyGirl
    “It always seems impossible until it’s done” #13.1 #running #reasonstorun
    Sun, Jul 01 2012 15:13:30
  3. authorjimlynch
    “Running isn’t about winning or losing, it’s neither about glory or achievement, it’s all about not quitting.” Ben Vachon #runchat
    Mon, Jun 25 2012 14:02:09
  4. BrentJBoersma
    just noticed i’m on pace for 1,000 miles running this year… but barely! 502.7 for 1st half of 2012. ;-) #runchat
    Mon, Jul 02 2012 12:59:01
  5. theloveofkale
    When you start to focus on something you perceive as a flaw, turn it into a positive. That is how others see you. #FitFluential #truth
    Mon, Jul 02 2012 05:20:11
  6. onerunatatime
    RT @GirlRucki: My life changed when I stopped thinking “I could never be that lucky” & started thinking “of course I can be that successful.” #FitFluential
    Mon, Jul 02 2012 13:31:41
  7. MilePosts
    Week 1 of marathon training. 16 solo miles meant 35 were #doublestroller or #triplestroller miles :) http://www.mile-posts.com/2012/07/02/week-1-marathon-training-i-need-your-help/ #findyourstrong
    Mon, Jul 02 2012 12:13:21
  8. ericasara
    Just hit 2 miles & it’s painfully hot. I deserve a quick sunset break, right? http://instagr.am/p/Mjs4WGIGww/
    Sun, Jul 01 2012 17:09:49
  9. RunningQuotes
    “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” via @AffirmationSpot #run
    Mon, Jul 02 2012 13:31:14
  10. RunningQuotes
    Not every race is perfect, not every run is perfect. Getting out there, is perfect
    Sun, Jul 01 2012 19:28:01
  11. chicrunner
    If I’m running four miles tomorrow morning, this should make eating macaroni and cheese for dinner as a “carbo load” okay tonight…
    Wed, Jun 27 2012 17:30:59
  12. Shape_Magazine
    RT @fithappygirl: this weekend I ran 9 miles without stopping as part of training for my first half-marathon #success
    Mon, Jul 02 2012 09:10:12
  13. authorjimlynch
    “Every day is a good day when you run.” -Kevin Nelson #runchat #running #marathoner #marathontraining #fitfluential
    Thu, Jun 28 2012 06:25:32

Running as a way to relieve stress

A few weeks ago, I was stressed out and overwhelmed by new responsibilities. It was Friday and I got home later than usual due to traffic. I think my mom could tell I was stressed and suggested I lie down for a bit and relax, but all I could think of was, where are my running shorts and I need my sneakers stat. I think I was out of the door before she knew I was gone.

My cousin was in a similar mood on Tuesday. She was overwhelmed with schoolwork and work work. We planned to do a tempo run at the Boston Latin track after I got out of work. She hadn’t run since the previous Friday and she kept telling me, “I just need to go. I just need to run.”

I got to her apartment at 6:00 p.m., changed into my running clothes and we left. We ran about a mile to the track and then began our interval workout. It was a particularly warm (and pollen-y) evening and the sun was dipping over the trees but strong enough to shine on us the entire time. We planned to run 8 2×110-meters at what I like to call a “comfortably hard” pace.

As I finished the 7th lap, I was having trouble breathing because I have severe pollen allergies and it just wasn’t my day. I was pleased with how I had done, since it was already an increase since my last tempo run so I decided to slow to a job and finish with some stretches. Paige was not done, she still had energy and still needed to relieve her stress. As I stretched on the nearby bleachers I had a perfect view of her final leg of the 8th lap. It was inspiring to watch her sprint to the end, game face on and finish the workout.

Running has become a way for me to relieve stress and I know that’s how Paige views it too. After a stressful week or getting in an argument with a significant other, it’s something you can do for yourself. It’s a way to focus frustrations, maybe even anger, into something positive and healthy. This is really the reason I started running. I needed to focus on something bigger than myself and running allowed me to do that.

Now, I use running when I’m happy, energetic and motivated as well as frustrated, stressed and upset. It gives me something to work towards (because we can always increase our personal goals) and it gives me a reason to get outside and just go. Moral of the story? If you’re angry, stressed, overworked or happy, inspired and feeling strong, just get out there and go!