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In The Zone: Why I Run

WP Daily Prompt: Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

There are very few activities that put me in the zone. The one thing I can always rely on to give me a natural high is running.

DON'T Quit!!
DON’T Quit!!

I’ve been running since I was 9yrs old. I remember that when my mother used to send me to the store for something, I would start out walking and before I realize what I was doing I would be running to the store.

I’ve never been a fast runner, but I always liked distance running…on my own terms of course. In middle school ran on our track team and loved it. Like I said, I am not a fast runner, so when my coach put me in the short distance races, I hated it…my body refuses to run fast. In high school, I tried running cross country races, but didn’t like it because the coach had us running in the bitter cold and snow….no snow for me!

Track
Track

I finally hit upon my stride when I started running middle distance races. I ran my first 1/2 marathon in 2008. Sure, I like middle distance runs; however, I never thought I could last for 13.5miles. Well, after completing my first ½ marathon I was hooked. Since 2008, I’ve run five ½ marathons and I absolutely love it. I even love hitting the proverbial wall, which for me is between the 9-10mile markers. I love the challenge of pushing through the fatigue and completing the run.

Marathon (in camera motion blur)

When I had my knee surgery and could not run, it felt like my world was coming to an end. The doctor had the nerve to tell me that my running days were over. I looked at her like she had lost her mind. How dare she say that to me?

I wear a brace, but I still run!
I wear a brace, but I still run!

I even had a t-shirt printed with “Run For Life”. I run to reduce stress. I run for my sanity. I run for my life. I run because, you don’t want to be around me when I don’t . Hell, I run because it’s FUN!!

Just Run!
Just Run!

I am in the zone when I run and I can’t think of anything else that takes me to that High. When I’m in the zone I feel like I can run forever – I feel like I can conquer the world – I feel like everything is right in my world. There is no better feeling for me…dare I say, it’s even better than sex…at least for me.

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Inspired by: Daily Post-In The Zone
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/daily-prompt-zone/

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A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Guide

Yesterday, I decided to put my blog on hiatus and focus on my school assignments. As I search information for my thesis investigating “The Physiological and Psychological Effects of Occupational Stress and Coping Strategies”, I am unearthing valuable information that may help me in my writing.

Even though I may not be thinking about new topics for my blog, I’ve decided to share info I discover as I move forward with my research.

In our society, everyone is or has experienced some sort of stress. The information found in the article below is not only helpful to people experiencing panic attacks, but can also be beneficial to those trying to manage regular stress. Feel free to take what you need and leave the rest behind. Enjoy!

See what happens when you bring the practice of “Pause, Observe/Experience, and Allow” into a panicky moment. Reflect upon the fact that life is indeed made of moments and although a moment of panic may seem like a thousand years, in actuality it’s not very long. Like all events in the body and mind, whatever arises, passes—for all things are certain to change.

via Calming the Rush of Panic: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Guide to Freeing Yourself from Panic Attacks and Living a Vital Life | UCSD Center for Mindfulness.