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  • Writer's pictureTanya Mathison

Embracing Life After Loss with Running: A Journey Towards Healing


💔😭Losing a loved one is one of the hardest experiences any person can go through. Losing a child, in particular, is an unimaginable pain that can take many many many years to heal. As a Momma myself on this tender journey, I personally know firsthand how all-consuming grief can be.

However, I also know that ❤️‍🩹finding a way to embrace life after loss is essential. That’s why I want to share with you how running has helped me shift my way through the dark times and towards healing.

My running mantra IS, “I run with my Angels 😇 and my Angels 👼 run with me.”

When I started out, my main motivation was simply to get outside and move my body. As I continued to run, I started to notice an inner shift. Running to my local cemetery has allowed me to process my emotions, to cry and scream and feel without judgement or pressure to be anything other than what I was at that moment. It has given me a physical outlet for all the pain and anger that I carried inside me. And somehow, that has made the pain feel a little more manageable.🙏🏼

I’ve discovered that my body is capable of far more than just carrying me through the day to day tasks of life. Running has given me a sense of connecting, something to give myself even on my darkest days. It has become a way for me to channel that deep love called grief into something positive, and a channel for inner growth.❤️‍🩹

When I completed my first half-marathon years after my son’s passing, it was an incredibly empowering experience. 😭😭♥️♥️It showed me that I am STILL capable of setting a goal and achieving it, even in the midst of unimaginable pain. It supported me to see that, although life may never be the same again, it is still possible to move forwards and find joy once more. Next month I will be running my my First Full Marathon.🙏🏼♥️♥️♥️

I see you Momma. You aren’t Alone. I am always in your corner ((hugs))💛

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