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Running Therapy

by Meghann on August 5, 2009

Boy did I need a run this morning.

Running is seriously like therapy.  Instead of spilling your life stories to a Doctor, you’re spilling them out on the pavement. The pavement is great because it doesn’t talk back, it only listens. 

I managed to knock out 4 miles at a relatively decent pace and organize my head a little.

After my shower I discovered a little surprise waiting in my closet for me.


Maddie climbed into my hamper all by her self. I could hear her whining that she couldn’t see me while I was in the shower. She stopped halfway through and I am assuming that was when she settled  into the hamper. My heart got a little bigger when I saw her in there. 🙂

Lately I have been getting a kick out of making bowls from containers that only have so  much left of it contents. Last night I took the Oikos container that had less then a 1/3 of a cup left and added some Fat Free Milk, 1/3 cup Rolled Oats, Mini Chocolate Chips, Crushed Walnuts, Cinnamon, & Goji Berries.


I let it sit in the fridge over night and this morning added fresh Strawberries, Blueberries and ground Flax Seed on top.


Ashley gave me a great idea the other week on saving the plastic containers. I know its not a new idea but I like the idea of saving the containers so when I have guests over I can send them home with left overs and not worry about losing any tupperware. The Oikos container was washed this morning and will be patiently waiting in the cabinet for future use.

I am a big believer in running therapy, cleaning therapy and shopping therapy. Did I forget to mention I dropped over $150 on pointless ‘essentials’ on Monday before my parents drove me to Ocala? Don’t worry I already plan to return some things.

What do you consider your ‘therapy?’

1 caitlin August 5, 2009 at 9:05 am

i also participate in retail therapy 🙂

and reality TV therapy.

2 Whit August 5, 2009 at 9:07 am

Running is the best therapy, cause it is cheap. A pair of shoes and you are good to go. Too bad I like to indulge in some retail therapy too. Life would be too perfect if running was my only therapy, huh?

3 tlconrad August 5, 2009 at 9:08 am

your therapy is also blogging. when my daughter died and i got sick, i went to a therapist that absolutely sucked. all she did was say “im so sorry for your loss” and i said “no shit, so is everyone else” but she did tell me to start a blog… i have faithfully kept it up for the past 9 months telling everyone how i deal with my life… now if i dont write for a few days i feel weird.

i also participate is retail therapy… and tv therapy…

keep up the good work…


4 Leianna August 5, 2009 at 9:09 am

Running is my therapy. I could go for hours if I lost myself in thoughts!

5 Simone August 5, 2009 at 9:18 am

I agree. My thought is, if I can’t use my own reusable container, then I will just reuse the container something else came in. And seriously, got to love that Maddy!!

6 Dori August 5, 2009 at 9:21 am

Getting lost in a great book is amazing therapy for me! Maddie is ADORABLE in that hamper, I want to smush her!

7 Pam August 5, 2009 at 9:21 am

Anything that works up a sweat is my therapy! It used to be shopping but that got a bit out of hand.

That Maddie just melts my heart!

8 jentrinque August 5, 2009 at 9:22 am

Let’s see, I’ve done two stints of “real” therapy, but I also have many, many other versions of therapy. I’m a life coach, so coaching other people through tough life situations and seeing them come out happier and healthier is definitely a version of therapy for me – it’s like I’m coaching myself at the same time! Also, when I went through a rough breakup about three years ago running and walking at the lake near my house was an absolute LIFESAVER, I thank God for that time even today! Also, baking therapy, chocolate therapy, petting my cats therapy. And of course writing and blogging!

Your Maddie is absolutely adorable and I am just so, so happy you two have found each other!

9 Amanda August 5, 2009 at 9:23 am

Both running and yoga serve as great therapy for me – running more so when I need to think things through, and yoga when I just want to focus on something else!

10 Lauren August 5, 2009 at 9:25 am

Oh gosh, Maddie is the cutest 🙂 It looks like she’s fully settled into her new home!

I have a few different modes of “therapy”: exercise, reading a good book, talking to family and friends, baking (and licking the bowl!), and cuddling with my dog and cat.

11 Amanda August 5, 2009 at 9:33 am

My therapies are walking, baking, and yoga – but not at the same time!
Question – where do you buy your dried gogi berries?

12 Jaime August 5, 2009 at 9:34 am

Baking. I bake when I am sad, angry, bored. Or cook something. Or shop (for strange simple things like a big trip to Walmart). Running is making it’s way onto the list too…hoping it will overtake baking eventually!

13 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) August 5, 2009 at 9:35 am

Awww Maddie!

I am a huge believer in retail therapy, running therapy, and cooking therapy. 🙂

14 Nicole August 5, 2009 at 9:37 am

Definitely shopping. It’s bad! I have been bummed out and my mom offered to take me shopping because she knows it’s what I like to do most 😀

Besides shopping, I have to say I love baking therapy. It never fails to comfort me. I’ve got blueberry chia muffins in the oven!

15 Emily Eats August 5, 2009 at 9:39 am

Running is a good one ~ that and learning something, like a language or about a different cuisine. I do have a tendency to sleep a lot when I’m stressed, but it’s not something I deliberately choose to do!

Maddie’s cute 🙂

16 Jessica August 5, 2009 at 9:40 am

Just wanted to say that Maddie is TOO cute!!! My heart seriously broke when I read about your loss. If I was you, I would also have gotten Maddie. I know that if something happened to one of my pets I would feel the same way. But my thoughts are with you!

17 brandi August 5, 2009 at 9:42 am

that’s a great idea about the big yogurt containers – i never thought about keeping those!

I definitely believe in running, shopping, reading, napping, and taking a long bath therapies 🙂

18 Nekeisha August 5, 2009 at 9:44 am

Baking/cooking Therapy is my number one. The more difficult and time consuming the recipe the better. I can put out great cookies, cakes, pies, I make ravioli from scratch and put together elaborate pasta dishes with homemade dough and delicious fillings. I come up with some of my best recipes when I’m doing the frustrated chef.

I also like to shop, read and watch unlimited T.V.

19 Beth August 5, 2009 at 9:45 am

Activity therapy is a big one for me. This can mean running, hiking, spinning, biking, or whatever — as long as I’m moving HARD!

Also, starting each morning with quiet time in my Bible with God is fab. It really helps me to get a good perspective, take stock of what’s ahead, and be more sane. Gotta love beating back the craziness! 🙂

20 runnerskitchen August 5, 2009 at 9:53 am

Running is therapy! Throughout my senior year of college (ahh! so many changes and stressors…) I would go on long runs with my friend Hannah. We would talk and run and 90 minutes later I always felt a million times better 🙂 Retail therapy and ice cream never hurt either!

21 Emily Elizabeth August 5, 2009 at 9:54 am

Hi Meghann!
I am a new reader and blogger! I love your blog! I can relate big time! Maddy is too cute! I whole heartedly believe is running therapy and cleaning therapy. Nothing makes me happier than coming home from work to a clean house! Although now with a 2 year old 85 lb dog and a husband in medical school that doesn’t happen often! Looking forward to reading more 🙂

22 MarathonVal August 5, 2009 at 9:59 am

Running therapy, and good book therapy!!!!

And, I hate to say it, but cheap tv therapy – The Bachelorette, etc 😉

23 Mandy A August 5, 2009 at 10:00 am

Um… I am one who believes that retail therapy is the best therapy there is 🙂

I unfortunately am one who also turns to pastries and cookies for comfort!!!

24 Nikole August 5, 2009 at 10:06 am

When I need to de-stress I cook. It allows me to focus all of my energy on the task at hand and it lets my creativity come out. A glass of wine is acceptable too. When I am done I always feel so much better and not even hungry for what I cooked.

25 Madelin August 5, 2009 at 10:11 am

Exercise in general, cooking, going for a long slow walk near water and getting LOTS of sleep! Oh and hanging with my kitty 🙂

26 lowandbhold August 5, 2009 at 10:14 am

Glad you went with the ‘ie’ spelling. What a precious little puppy!!!

Definitely running therapy, retail therapy, and House marathon therapy.

I’m glad you had a good run!

27 Lauren August 5, 2009 at 10:18 am

Yoga is good therapy for me…and I do love a good book and a glass of wine!

28 Amanda August 5, 2009 at 10:18 am

Riding horses is my therapy. I’ve done it all my life, but haven’t for a few years… then I found a place to volunteer and I ride once or twice a week and it’s been great therapy for me!

29 Amelia August 5, 2009 at 10:21 am

Hahah that picture is adorable! 🙂

Running and retail therapy are my favorites. I have some of my best running times when I’m angry about something. When I’m nervous or anxious it’s off to the stores! Something about browsing calms me down.

30 Danielle C. August 5, 2009 at 10:24 am

Running is my therapy…and petting my cats. Call me the crazy cat lady but sometimes if I need to talk about something that I cannot tell anyone else I talk to my cats, and it actually makes me feel better.

31 Taylor Leigh August 5, 2009 at 10:26 am

It depends what kind of mood I’m in… but working out, shopping and laying out in the sun is all therapy for me!

32 Matt August 5, 2009 at 10:27 am

Running is my therapy for sure!

33 Andee (Runtolive) August 5, 2009 at 10:28 am

I agree-running and working out is definitely one of the best therapy. It’s such a feel good activity that clears your mind and you can’t hear anyone else except your own breath and movement

34 Erica August 5, 2009 at 10:29 am

I am now looking forward to pics of your baby pup every day! Seriously- such a freaking cutie. She just wanted her mama this morning! I agree- working out=therapy! I like to think that when I teach group fitness classes I am both giving and receiving therapy. So fabulous 🙂

35 Rose August 5, 2009 at 10:33 am

Running is therapy for me too. But I think above all is making art. I like just sitting at my desk and looking at materials. When I let my mind wander about what I could make, it seems like everything else goes away.

36 Jenna August 5, 2009 at 10:39 am

love the container idea!

37 Sara August 5, 2009 at 10:53 am

My dog LOVES to play in our dirty landry basket!! It’s kinda gross, but it’s so cute when he pops his head out. 🙂 Baking/cooking and working out are therapy for me. Great idea about the containers. I give away so much tupperware and that stuff isn’t cheap!

38 eatingmachine August 5, 2009 at 10:57 am

in college i would have days i called (this is cheesy, but i didn’t say it out loud) “princess days”. to me, princess conjures up being kinda lazy and spoiled, and that’s what those days were for. I’d make breakfast, take a bath, laze around in sweats, read a book, and not stress about my thesis, or the paper i had to write, or anything else. Usually when I needed those i’d have that for my Saturday, and then get my booty in gear on Sunday.

39 ~carolyn~ August 5, 2009 at 10:59 am

In no particular order
~eating popcorn
~my husband

Have a great day! Can I have your puppy…my eyes water when I look at how cute she is!!!!!!!!!!!!!

40 Kelly August 5, 2009 at 11:12 am

Running and exercising in general. Like you said…when you run you can talk (in your head) and work things out and no one talks back. The pavement doen’t judge. It’s like in the movie What Women Want the Nike Ad they are working on. I love the commercial they come up with. Love you! 🙂

41 She-Fit August 5, 2009 at 11:20 am

Awh, what a cute little surprise! Love the pic… she looks so comfortable.

42 Natalie August 5, 2009 at 11:33 am

Hi Meghann! Just wanted to let you know that my new puppy’s (a Sharpe beagle mix we got in June) name is Maddie too! It’s actually “Maddie May” because we got her in May. I wanted to let you know that we picked Maddie because it means “second daughter”. We have another pup that is 10 years old and thought she needed some company. The name fit perfectly for us as I think it does for you too!
Enjoy all the puppy fun, it’s a lot of work as you know, but SO incredibly worth it!

43 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) August 5, 2009 at 11:51 am

I have many forms of therapy, haha!

I talk/pray to God and ask him to take what’s aching me and either give me an answer or just help me to think about it less. That is the best.

But I also love using exercise as therapy, it really gives me a “high” and also helps me forget about whatever is bothering me at the moment.

One of my other favorites is girls night, in our out, and a glass of good wine 🙂

44 rebecca August 5, 2009 at 12:07 pm

random question for you. i don’t know much about dog breeds, but to me maddie looks “beaglesque.” will she grow up to have those cute little stubby legs like abbie?

45 Emily August 5, 2009 at 12:12 pm

I think food blogs are my therapy, they are a great way to zone out! Also, Maddie is beautiful, she does look like a little lady 🙂

46 April August 5, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Running & lifting, wine & chocolate… usually in that order.

47 tiponz August 5, 2009 at 12:27 pm

yoga- whenever i am really angry at something or someone- i do yoga and leave feeling 100x better

48 Amy C. August 5, 2009 at 12:29 pm

First of all, I LOVE your puppy. I hope to get a Jack Russell someday. 🙂 My therapy is running, shopping, and singing. I love turning up the music (typically Broadway stuff… lately, “9 to 5 the musical”) and just singing and occasionally dancing around. Cleaning is great too. I always always always feel better after organizing my closet or doing a thorough cleanout.

49 Susan August 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm

I’m with the reality TV therapy group. Or bad romantic comedies 🙂 Oh! And a magazine on the balcony.

50 Sammie August 5, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Too cute!!! I bet the smell of your clothes was comforting to her.
Running is definitely my therapy.

51 Sheri August 5, 2009 at 1:10 pm cute does she look! My dog also likes to sit on the dirty laundry.

Therapy for me is shopping which is bad but I also love to go for a good run..which is good! So it balances out! HA!

52 krittie August 5, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Maddie is so cute! I seriously looked up where I could find one just like her, no lie 🙂

My therapy is cooking. I do not know why, but whenever I am mad or need something to do I think of a new recipe and go with it. If I don’t cook something new I will go out for a night with the Chicas!

53 krittie August 5, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Oh yeah, so is it officially Maddie or Maddy? 🙂

54 keri410 August 5, 2009 at 1:22 pm

When did you get your first dog? Was it after you had graduated? would you not recommend getting a pet until after you are done with school and are more “settled” into a career and lifestyle? Just curious… I would LOVE to have a dog, and I can’t wait to get one one day! (soon I hope!)


55 Jessica August 5, 2009 at 1:27 pm

That picture of Maddie in the hamper is ADORABLE! I wish my puppy (he’s almost 1.5 years old, but he’s still a puppy to me!) was small enough to climb in to the hamper. He’s 60 lbs. though so I doubt he would fit!

56 Rosey Rebecca August 5, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I workout and shop for therapy. I cannot get over how adorable Maddie is!!

I’m having an awesome giveaway on my blog if you want to check it out:

57 Marissa August 5, 2009 at 1:35 pm

She is soooo cute! 🙂 You should send her pictures to!

58 Melissa S. August 5, 2009 at 1:37 pm

totally partake in retail therapy. and running therapy. right there with ya girl.

59 Ada August 5, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I also find exercising and shopping therapy but my main therapy would probably be cooking. Cooking definitely soothes the soul! Oh, and did I mention dark chocolate;)

60 Deva August 5, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I clean – nothing like scrubbing a bathtub with a hefty amount of elbow grease.

I also run, I like it when the only sound you hear is your feet hitting the pavement.

61 Nicole C. August 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Yoga is my therapy! I always manage to feel better after a hot, sweaty class. But shopping helps, too. Also, just getting hugged by someone works miracles.

BTW, I’m so impressed by how you managed to stay on top of eating healthy through the past few tough days. I would definitely have caved and ate something horrible. So I guess, eating is my therapy, too…workin’ on that one though 😉

62 Rebeca August 5, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Eek… exercise therapy is the best… 150 not so much but I’m glad you can return some things!

OMG Maddie… I’m head over heels!

and I do the same thing with containers and I save berry containers and then I wrap up desserts (like brownies squares or something) in plastic wrap (separately) and put them in that container, label and date and pop it in my freezer. Then when I’m craving a dessert I can just read the label and pull out one portion.

63 Adi ( August 5, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Umm… does “eating yummy food therapy” count? I think that’s called emotional eating. 😉

64 Eat Chic August 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I agree that running tends to cure just about anything. It helps to clear your mind and puts you in a good mood! Your new puppy is cute as a button, she’s such a little bundle of joy!

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