My topic today is: How to Run As Therapy
I may have mentioned a few weeks ago that I almost risked a serious injury because I felt that if I stopped running, I’d go crazy.
So here are my tips on how to use running as “therapy.”
1. Do Speed Drills
Running 400m repeats at a particular pace will certainly take your mind off your problems. You’ll either be breathing too hard to care or checking your watch to see what your pace is.
2. Listen to Music
Do we have the time to sit at home and just listen to music? If you do play music, it is probably in the background while you are dong something else or often while you are driving. So download your favorite tunes and sing along as you run. I bet the lyrics and the beat will temporarily make you forget your stressors.
3. Subscribe to Podcasts.
There are so many great ones out there. I now prefer to listen to them when I drive or run instead of music. You may be entertained or even learn something new. Run This World is one of my current favorites.
4. Meet up with a Friend
You can use this time to either seek out the advice of a running buddy or maybe just chat about something totally unrelated to what is causing you anxiety.
5. Soak in your Surroundings.
Pick a new place or your favorite place where you can zone out on the flowers, trees, lake, river, etc. Use nature to calm yourself.
Happy Running! Do you use running as your therapy? Anything else to add?