Having a Damn Good Cry When Running

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01/09/2012 at 18:28

I went out yesterday for a short, gentle run just to get my legs moving.  I was feeling pretty emotional due to a variety of reasons - generally pissed off, no money, trouble with in-laws etc. etc. etc........ I used the run to try and think things through but ended up blubbing as I ran (quite difficult I can assure you).  The run itself was as beautiful as always (through my local woods, seasons changing etc).

I tried to hold back in case I bumped into anyone and couldn't explain my sobbing as sweat but in the end I gave in and had a damn good cry whilst running.  I think it 'got everything out of my system' so to speak and I feel better for it.

Has anyone else been in this situation or is it just me being a complete emotional wreck whilst running????  Surely I'm not alone......

01/09/2012 at 18:47

Hi Liz,

Running is a good exercise to get rid of depression and is a good way to take your mind off things, whilst running try to focus solely on your technique/surroundings and take your mind off things. It might be good to run with a partner to introduce some competition so you can focus on beating him/her.

Hope this helps! 

01/09/2012 at 18:50

I go the other way and burn it up if I'm under any sort of stress...the logic  being that if you you don't know where your next breath is coming from then you don't really need to worry about anything else.

If you felt better afterwards, it can't be a bad thing.

01/09/2012 at 19:17

Ahh, thanks guys for the replies.  I run 3/4 times per week, twice of which is in company so I used the solitude to have a good cry.  I also had to have a gentle run and not over exert myself as I'd had a hard training session the evening before.

01/09/2012 at 19:20
I run well when I'm angry too. Also works if I'm frustrated - and the pain of running hard for a few miles normally does a great job of cleansing my mood...

However, I have also had runs where I spent some of the time crying, and I'm a definite believer in the old cliche about "it's better out than in".

01/09/2012 at 20:00

 Liz, what you are saying is that you are a very human being. Just watch your eyes don't get too misty and you trip up!


01/09/2012 at 20:45

I've had a good cry on a run when I was out with my running club.  It was dark and I hung off the back so nobody noticed.  One of the most satisfying runs I have ever had.

01/09/2012 at 20:46

Actually, I've also had a good cry when out on a daytime run with the club.  On that occassion one person noticed but after checking that I was alright she gave me some privacy, and checked up on me a couple of days later.

01/09/2012 at 21:02

3.67 for me.


01/09/2012 at 21:07

1.7 for me, but this year has been a hard one and has already shifted up my average considerably.

01/09/2012 at 21:07

I've cried once on a run a few years back after we'd read a news report in one of the tabloids about a young girl that we'd come into contact with briefly in hospital.

01/09/2012 at 21:25

Hi Liz

no, your not alone, id say far from it actually

i've been running many many years, 42 in all - as fitness training, but all my life as far as a way of transport is concerend ( 10 of those pushing my son in his wheelchair ) 

i have tried lots of other things, but for me running is now and has always been no 1 

there is no pressure ever, just what ever u want it to be

01/09/2012 at 23:56

Hi Liz

If there is something to cry about, there may be something you need to fix. Dont be afraid to thing about something you need to fix in your life.

If your knee was sore when you ran, you might think there was something you could do to fix it.

02/09/2012 at 09:34

It is odd, but somehow it can make you emotional- I've had times when I've ran past a piece of scenery/ a garden and thought it was the most beautiful thing I'd seen, and then gone back in the car, and it's nothing special- guess it's those enorphins messing with your head. I think it's better out than in, a solo run is a great way of spending time dealing with the stuff you normally bottle up, good for you! ( as long as the end result is that you feeel better)

02/09/2012 at 10:03

I've cried when running. I hate it, it always turns into massive gasping sobs. I cried on the elliptical at the gym once too at something on the news, that was embarrassing.

02/09/2012 at 13:54

I don't ever cry, because I'm a bloke. 

02/09/2012 at 14:20

I sobbed my heart out last year on a run. One of my cats 'Albert' was knocked over two days before. A soppy song came on my Ipod & that was it....Trying to run whilst crying is hard. My heart/chest felt as if were going to burst. A run I shall never forget. X

Edited: 02/09/2012 at 14:22
02/09/2012 at 14:39

after suffering depression the slightest thing can set me off watching the paralympics does it a lot there so determined but it reminds me off my self taking up running to help pull out of the horible illness . as for sheding tears on the run i do get very strong emotions when im at the top of my peak and know im up for a good pb in a race but its good emotions and its all part of the drive the running gives me so im not ashamed even the fact im male i think the pressures of money ect and modern day living can drive any one to tears adventualy .

02/09/2012 at 17:06
If I'm frustrated or hear something sad on a podcast then I've been known to have a cry. Anything can set me off!
02/09/2012 at 19:15

I went out this morning for a LSR (only 10 miles) and had problem whatsoever with my emotions.  I think it was what was going on in my head on Friday that affected me.  Get this though . . . we're pretty skint although prob not quite as skint as some... I found a £5.00 note at the beginning of my run this morning and ended up giving it to a regular tramp who lived near the river.  I asked him to get a decent fry-up from the local 'Gorge' cafe and set himself up for the day.  I really hope he did as it bought a smile to my face.  Happy days!!

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