1. I’m with you all the way on this, except my running days are gone so I walk the trails. Everything else is dead on the money, walking still gets me there. I just take longer to get where I’m headed, and sometimes I do it right inside the city, but 15-20 miles has the effect I need to clear my mind. However, I think I understand well enough where you’re coming from, and there’s just no better feeling. So take care, and enjoy the run.

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  2. Thank you for reminding me how healing it can be to get outside, even when the conditions are not ideal. I don’t have any trails to walk on near where I live, so I’m walking on the street, but I’m walking in a pretty neighborhood with lots of trees and small wildlife. I usually don’t listen to music when I walk, but I might try taking my iPod to help distract me from negative self talk when I’m having a difficult talk. Thanks for sharing how you conquered both your sad feelings and the muddy trail.

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  3. You hit so many points that resonated with me…and sounded so much like “family”, I had to to quickly scroll back up to the top to confirm we weren’t from the same DNA branch…but, then again, maybe we are…

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  4. Sounds like a very sound strategy.
    I love the time out on my bike on my own – it’s unpressured “my” time.
    It’s also time when thoughts go in and out of my brain, like they are being cleansed.

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