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Old 10-10-2017, 07:49 AM
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Running, cycling or triathlon in your recovery?

I was just wondering if anybody feels that running, cycling or triathlon has played a role in their recovery? I am really curious based upon my own experience in this area and as I am now doing a study on the topic. Thanks in advance for sharing your story.
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I have been running for ~ 35 years now.

I did it when i was drinking and i have done it ever since in sobriety.

I don't run races, but a lot of people get a good bit of gratification from participating in them.

I'm just not a competitive person, and running with a herd of other runners kind of destroys the spirituality/zen i get from running alone.
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Hi Juhan, interesting topic.

For me running has played a huge role in my recovery periods, it's my stress buster, my drepession eraser , my endorphin creator etc. I also get a sense of accomplishment and the self discipline it takes me to get up an hour or two early and hit the trails / pavement i think translates to other areas of my life.

I used to compete and will do so again I am sure, it's a great rush.
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It has in the past when I got sober. Running is great exercise for my body and mind. To be honest, the last couple of years Iíve started to ditch the headphones more often than not when I run. Thereís nothing better than when my mind is completely still out on a jog. Iím not saying that happens all the time, but i feel so content when it does. Damn, I really want to go for a run but I promised myself I wouldnít until my injury healed. Thanks for the thread. Many happy thoughts😀
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Cycling has in a small way. I bike with a buddy every Saturday. He's stronger and faster than me, but that keeps me motivated. Drinking will only hinder my workouts and progress.
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Running is and always has been my go to for any and all problems. The discipline and dedication alone has created a good amount of structure in my life. I need structure. I need a healthy outlet.

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I ran competitive cross country in high school, kept it up as a regular form of exercise through college and more, and ran a marathon in my 20s and have done a few halfs and 10Ks.

I quit drinking 2/21/16 - by May I felt like exercising (I was VERY sick when I quit, like given a year, year and a half to live if I didn't quit, kind of sick) and I started with a 1mi race series for June/Jul/Aug. By Dec without a lot of training but runs once or twice a wk, I did my first 5K. For 2017 my fiance and I decided to do a 5K each month for the year; I am thrilled that my time has gone from 36 and change to 29:12 PR at out last run Oct 14 (which was five min down from June so that was the big leap). I believe that the difference in my last two races was hugely helped by my new 6X wk hot yoga program.

I was an athlete all my life, and did exercise to varying degrees while drinking alcoholically, but I am the most fit I have been since around 28 (I am 41) and I definitely believe it is a big "boost" to my recovery program.
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Cycling is my refuge and peace of mind. I have an ellyptical machine for warm ups and if the weather is bad, but, I just love being out on my bike. Game changer for me. Especially for my anxiety and depression.
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Originally Posted by Stronger2017 View Post
It has in the past when I got sober. Running is great exercise for my body and mind. To be honest, the last couple of years Iíve started to ditch the headphones more often than not when I run. Thereís nothing better than when my mind is completely still out on a jog. Iím not saying that happens all the time, but i feel so content when it does. Damn, I really want to go for a run but I promised myself I wouldnít until my injury healed. Thanks for the thread. Many happy thoughts😀
I run without music, also.

It's certainly a lot safer.

And it frees me up to think.

But i sure use headphones (or ear plugs) when i work out at the gym.
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I was just wondering if anybody feels that running, cycling or triathlon has played a role in their recovery? I am really curious based upon my own experience in this area and as I am now doing a study on the topic. Thanks in advance for sharing your story.
It is/was/continued to be my focus. It's really good to have a goal and wake up the next day ready to train instead of felony hungover wanting to vomit in the pool.
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In early sobriety, I replaced bar hopping (loud music, tight fitting clothes) with aerobic classes (loud music, tight fitting outfits). I was in the Army and as such, did P.T. on a regular basis. When I got sober, in addition to Army P.T., I added aerobics, then added weight lifting, then reduced aerobics and became a runner.

Did one addiction become another? Perhaps. Movement and exercise was and is a great stress reliever. Teaching aerobics was a creative outlet for me. I too ran with no earphones. Nothing but me and God out on the trail.

Over the years, cycling (Hi Chloe!) replaced running. Exercise is an integral part of my recovery. I no longer do it compulsively but I remain very dedicated to my routine.
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I ran marathons and cycled centuries when I was drinking and now that I'm not imbibing I still engage in the endurance exercises. They always have been a way for me to defuse the stress of the day, just as weight lifting is so I can't write that the activity has aided in my new approach on life, but it certainly hasn't hurt.
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