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How Running Helps Through Hardships

We asked and you answered. See how running has helped readers through hardship.

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Running isn’t just about keeping your body fit—it can also help you emotionally, as well, especially in tough times. We asked our readers:
Has running ever helped you through a tough time?

Running has shown me just how strong and capable I am. I now face many challenges with more determination than fear.—Erika

The universal cliché—a break up, wa-wa!—Amy

Running has helped me through a lot. From an abusive relationship that caused anxiety to my little brother being paralyzed in an accident, running has been and always will be a form of healing. I tend to dedicate my runs to the battle I am facing.—Brandi

Running was my slimy, green, overcooked vegetable when I was in the Navy. Now it is on my terms, and it is fueled by stress, which I happily burn off.—Joelle

Read more about lessons learned from running:
The Best Emotion Running Can Teach You
26.2 Unexpected Lessons From My First Marathon