Nov | 30

Has a Run Changed Your Life?

I’m sure ALL of us (runners) have had a crappy day turned positive thanks to going for a run. You know… the whole endorphins thing and whatnot…

But have you ever gone for a run — whether it was a race, a routine group run with friends, or solo trek — and that run caused something to change for you?
Was it a chain of events?
Perhaps it was clarity.
A decision.
Like…something just clicked?
Maybe you even ran into someone, literally, while running through the park who would eventually become your spouse.
(Someone PLEASE tell me this happened to you!)

Sometimes our most everyday moments can become so much more — and I firmly believe the run has that power.

Four years ago I went for a run.

I was 27.
It wasn’t anything special. I was doing my normal mileage on a routine route; but personal relationship troubles had been brewing in the back of my mind for weeks. I knew I was unhappy and — details aside — saw where my future was headed with this person and felt very little control over it.

And on this particular day
on this particular run,
the sun was shining.
It was unseasonably warm.
And midway, just as I was entering the “runner’s high,” Florence & the Machine’s “The Dog Days Are Over” kicked on my iPod.

The lyrics:

“The dog days are over

The dog days are done
The horses are coming
So you better run

Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind
You cant carry it with you if you want to survive.”

That was it.

That moment on that run was when I made the decision: it was time to put on my big girl pants and end the relationship. It was time to change MY future.

I was running for my life.

Literally, figuratively… I was running.
You might be thinking, “Woah there, Nelly. Calm down the symbolism a bit.”

But it’s never been more true.
Today, I’m married to the love of my life.
I live 2,200 miles away from home in an area I love.
And I work for a company I adore.

All because I went for a run.

About Erin Spaulding
Northern Michigan born 'n' raised and living in Seattle. When I'm not running (sometimes to work, literally!), I enjoy fly fishing, craft beers, exploring the Pacific Northwest outdoors with my husband and pup, and *gasp* my job! Loving my Brooks family <3.