Dry your eyes – the things I see when I run

I don’t always feel like going out running but I push myself to go as I know how much I love the feeling of accomplishment at the end.  I love the head space it gives me.  I love the feeling I get once I am fully in my stride – I find lately with it being so BALTIC  it takes me 2 or 3k of running to warm up and get into it.

I see a lot of different things when I run.  Some good and some not so good.  I often laugh to myself with regards to how easy it would be to dish some serious dirt by sharing images. My blog would go wild – I would be dubbed ‘the running pap’.  I could never do that though as I have no intention to publicly slate others.  I want people to feel uplifted after reading my posts – not angered.

Recently I had to really play with my mind to ensure I felt uplifted at the end of my run.  You see – some of the things that I saw made me feel the opposite of uplifted.

I saw a man holding a small baby with a fag in his hand, he was blowing smoke all over him – I felt SAD.  I saw someone ignoring the fact their dog had taken a massive dump on an otherwise clean and lovely public path I enjoy running on – I felt ANGRY.  I saw a huge dog off it’s leash running towards me at the speed of lightening and I felt terrified. I get the fact that dogs need to feel free but I think sometimes owners need reminded that lots of people fear dogs.  Lots of people have had bad experiences with dogs that stick with them.  If a dog I don’t know comes running towards me I start to shake and my stomach flips over.  I often change my route if I see a dog off a leash.  I get a bit embarrassed about my fear but it is something I cannot control.  I probably need some kind of ‘dog therapy’.

How do I stay uplifted the days I feel fear, anger or sadness?  I guess I try and focus on all the good things that I  see.  Sometimes I stop and snap a quick image – like a beautiful sky, a lovely view or something that motivates me.  Before I witnessed the above events I had snapped this image:

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This sign gave me a boost.  There are no miracles with running but over time the hard work pays off.  I had started the run with a really stiff, uncomfortable knee.  I contemplated turning back round but something kept me going. Amazingly by the end of the run my knee actually felt a bit better.

I decided to block out the negative feelings from the things that I saw that I didn’t like.  I focused on the fact that my run was complete, the fact that I had a warm home to run back to.  A home (mostly) full of smiles and laughter.  I focused on the fact that my legs can run and my feet can move.  I focused on the fact that I am getting stronger from each run that I do.  I focused on the fact that the scales now show a number I haven’t seen for a long time.

I fully believe that if we focus on the great things we will have a happier life.  Some days we need to look really close to find them but dwelling on the negatives sucks all of the energy out of us.  After that run I had to work hard to stay positive.  I felt a bit deflated. I thought to myself ‘dry your eyes‘. Easier said than done.

I needed a bit help so I surrounded myself with great people, played some of my favourite music and hey presto my mood started to lift. I will end this post with the lyrics of a song that just popped into my head. I think I might have a wee dance to this one later. Happy Friday 💕🏃 X

‘But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop moving
It’s like I got this music
In my mind
Saying, “It’s gonna be alright.’

‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off!’

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