This series of stories was originally published in September 2013. If you’d like to share your story of exercise and coping, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our series of fitness and coping continues this week. Today we meet Sharon, who found continued running following her husband’s death and found comfort through her running buddies.
Running was a huge part of my healing after my husband passed away. I had just started running with a new group of women about a month before my husband’s death. We met at 5 a.m. two mornings a week to run about 3.5 miles. We had also just decided that we would train for a marathon.
After my husband passed away, I was back out on the pavement in about a week. I desperately needed the release. Running in the dark also gave me a hidden cloak – if I cried during a run, no one could see.
I threw myself into running and training for the marathon. I was exhausted at night because I was getting up so early to run so I never really had trouble sleeping.
Running is such a release and helps to make the runner feel strong. The music that I listen to also helps. I listen to AC/DC ,Christian rock and everything in between. The music made me feel good and upbeat.
My running friends were also wonderful to me. They just let me talk on so many runs and didn’t try to give me advice – they just listened. I could not have made it through the past 15 months without them. The long Saturday runs while training for the marathon gave me a purpose on the weekends.
I don’t know what I would have done without running and my running buddies. They helped save my life!