Running calmed post-quake jitters
From couch potato to running bean
We've asked the runners among our readers why they run. Meg Bosley got moving on doctor's orders.
What motivated me to get active was my doctor. She told me that the way to get back to sleeping better after the Christchurch quakes, and to lessen the anxiety and stress reactions, was everything I didn't want to hear: Ease up on the self medication with alcohol, eat a healthy diet, and get out there and exercise in the sun. Every day. Or in the rain. Or in the wind. And bother her, she was right!
At the moment my goals are pretty small. I want to run at least three times a week, and I want to run the entirety of my 8km circuit; at the moment I run about three-quarters of it.
But ultimately, I want to do a half-marathon. Having that dream, which at the moment seems a world away, motivates me to get up and pound the pavement, because I want to do that next year.
I want to be able to say without embarrassment that I am a runner, without that feeling that I'm not really, I'm a wannabe runner, an imposter.
It's hard to get out of bed in the morning to go running. A morning person I am not! But I trick myself out of bed by saying to myself, "just get out there. If you don't want to run, just walk. The main thing is to get out there".
By the time I reach the first running point of my circuit, my legs automatically move me into running.
As I run I mull over any issues and often find a solution. I plan my day and get so much more done, because I'm up early and feel good.
I feel so much fitter already. I'm losing my post-quake pounds, slowly. I drink less because I hate running with a sore head. And when the kids are at school I tell myself if I don't run first thing in the morning I'm going to have to embarrass ymyself by running later when everyone's around - that nearly always does the trick!
It's changed my life because now my kids have caught the bug and sometimes the eldest comes with me. There's something really special about sharing that kind of time and hobby with your child, and we talk a heap as we run.
I am doing something I told myself that I never could or never would. That's given me a huge boost to my self-esteem.
And yes, I'm sleeping soooooo much better!
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