Christa’s Soap Box – Running to Clear My Head

What do you do when things get hectic and it’s all you can do to keep up with the pace of life? I go for a run!

I’ve always enjoyed exercise as a way to clear my head and think about my daily tasks at hand. I do it first thing in the morning, before things get too busy, and it always gives me an extra boost of energy for the day.

20140415_christa_runRun, Christa, run!

Over the years I’ve dabbled in different types of running – short distances, long distances, road running and trail running. I’ve competed in the occasional triathlon and have even completed a couple of marathons (when I was in slightly better shape)! Lately though, I’ve really enjoyed getting out in nature and running with Jason out in the desert behind our house. We don’t worry too much about speed or distance, and it’s been very freeing just to run for the sake of running.

I compare running a lot to quilting. Some days I’m on and other days I’m not. At times, the task at hand may seem like it takes forever to complete. Sometimes I feel like one hurdle overcome is just a drop in the bucket compared to what I want to achieve. But when I step back and look at the larger picture to see how far I’ve come (with both quilting and running), I get a deep sense of satisfaction with a job well done. 🙂

20140415_run_skylineThe Las Vegas skyline off in the distance – what a view!

Sometimes I’ll listen to books or music while I run; other times I’ll tune into quilting podcasts, or have an impromptu business meeting with Jason while we run. Many of the ideas we have put into place have come about through nice long chats while we cover the terrain!

Many times while I run, I’ll come up with blog topics I want to explore. Ideas come to me when my head is clear, and it is very therapeutic to write down my thoughts into words and share them with so many of you. As I continue to grow my blog and expand my presence in the quilting community, I’ll keep reminding myself to keep things in perspective. There will be many things I’ll continue to share, and a few projects that will have to wait until the proper time to be revealed.

20140415_jason_runJason often leads the way on our runs. He’s a good man to follow!

Blogging for me is like a journal, chronicling my quilting life with a bit of personal narration thrown in from time to time. I enjoy it so much, that it has become part of my almost daily routine. I’ve made a promise to myself that no matter how busy I get, that’s one area that I don’t want to neglect. I’m just so grateful that so many of you are along for the ride!


18 thoughts on “Christa’s Soap Box – Running to Clear My Head

  1. Sandra Walker says:

    So glad you will always keep this blog going. I’ve not been able to read it for a few days, and I miss it and you! Walking my dog is my head-clearing, zen time, as is doing yoga. And yes, some days, it’s hard to make myself do it (especially when this spring just will NOT arrive here, or I don’t feel like driving 45 minutes in to the yoga studio) but once I’m doing it, and especially after I’m done, I feel soooo good. Good to know others feel much the same.

  2. heatherdpear says:

    Lately it’s been walking for me, but I do plan to run again after my knee improves (doing my physio regularly). I also fence. nOthing like two people wacking each other with swords to clear your mind.

  3. Debbie R says:

    Christa- What a great place to run! I wish I had a place like that to run, You mentioned that you listen to quilting podcasts sometimes, where do you find those?? Is it something you download from I-tunes?? I need something different to listen to and need a change of pace!

    • Christa says:

      Yes! There are several I listen to via Itunes. I’ve written a couple of reviews on my blog about them but here are a few I listen to: American Patchwork and Quilting Radio The QuiltCast Modern Sewciety Jackie’s Quilting Chronicles I’m sure there are many more!

  4. Jane says:

    I too love running and quilting! The best day starts with a run and the afternoon in my sewing room! It’s been so fun to get to know you Christa since my return to quilting. Your quilt a long and blog have been just what I’ve needed to fall in love with quilting all over again!

  5. Leanne Parsons says:

    I love to run, though mine have to be in the late afternoon. I’d love to be able to run in the morning, but my system insists on breakfast first, followed by an hour to digest before I can even think about running. Since my day already starts at 6:20, I’m just not willing to get up early enough to run in the morning! What a contrast between your environment and mine. Here in Newfoundland there are trees everywhere and the ocean is only about a minute’s walk from my front door.

  6. quiltingjetgirl says:

    Awesome! For me, a morning meditation seems to really set things off on the right path. I tend to get my exercising done a bit later in the day. For me, my relationship with jogging/running is more of a struggle, but I do always feel refreshed and charged and satisfied after I finish. Thanks so much for your posts; I love reading your blog!

  7. Karen says:

    My daily routine consists of a run in the morning — unfortuately it is usually on the treadmill. then I head to the computer, have my coffee and read your blog! I try to get at least an hour of quilting in sometime in the afternoon. I totally agree that alot of quilting ideas present themselves during that time on the treadmill.

  8. Colleen from Washington says:

    I feel the same way about my running! I used to do marathons but now I just run for fun on the mountain where we live, and I have found my running is much easier, faster, and more fun over all. There is nothing like a good run to clear the head and soothe the soul…except of course quilting 🙂 love the pics of your run!! love your blog too. Keep on running!!

  9. Anne says:

    I also read your blog as part of my daily routine , it is relaxing , informative and fun to follow your days. You are right, it gets busy and sometimes outright hectic. Good to see that you have found something to give balance, fitness and enjoyment to your days.

  10. treadlemusic says:

    Your area is gorgeous!!!! The total opposite of my rural area…….rugged, oak tree forested ridges and very green here (S.E. MN, 35 miles due West of LaCrosse,WI). There are many ways to clear the head and put things in a better perspective and you have found a lovely one, certainly. Hugs………………

  11. KatieQ says:

    When I open my email and see your blog, it’s like hearing from a friend. Your posts have become a pleasant part of my routine and always give me something to think about. I’ve really enjoyed watching how your quilting career is evolving.

  12. Sue Moore says:

    Love reading your blog, thanks so much! Those photos are amazing, so different to what I see every day!( Queensland coastline )

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