A to Z Challenge: Running

This post is part of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year my theme is simply, "things I know." Some posts will be informational, some about life lessons, some about things I've learned as an author/blogger.

Running (or any exercise, really) can be wonderfully meditative.
I started running the summer I lived in South Korea. I'd had a pretty rough year my first year of grad school (due to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, a friend going missing, and other calamities) and by the time I finished the year was determined to spend some time getting more fit and allowing my mind and emotions to recuperate.  My older brother has always been a runner, so he spent some time coaching me and by the end of the summer I was able to run a couple of miles in good time. That summer was the first time that I was intentional about minding my mental and physical health, and I learned so much about the movements that serve me the best. 
Before last year's
Downhill Mile race on the 4th
of July

Now I try to get out to run at least once a week, and exercise in some way at least three times per week. It's important to my mental and physical health, especially during stressful times.

What movements do you find soothing? Any fellow runners out there?


  1. It's been a process over a couple years but I've been happy taking up running too. A good run's been my cure for bad days at work and sometimes head/neck/shoulder aches.

  2. Ran long long ago, when I was younger; before arthritis. Now I have no desire to, and it hurts my knee and makes me need a bathroom every 10 minutes. I do try to walk on days when I'm not at work. My work is very physical, on my feet and it's not uncommon to put in well over 10,000 during a work day....which reminds me I need to buy a new pedometer. I keep wearing them out. I can't say I enjoy the walking, or feel less stressed or more relaxed. I force myself to do it because of the arthritis and apparently high cholesterol.

  3. Anonymous10:20 AM

    Hi from Blogging A to Z! I'm not a runner but would like to one day and I do here and there shift into a jog, but the real movements I find soothing are yoga, which I try and practice every day. I also love to hike, which can be meditative as well.

  4. I'm not a runner, but I love walking. I don't do as much of it here in Texas, though, once the temps get over 90 degrees. When I lived up north, I was a year-round walker. I miss it!

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