Running – My Antidote to Exam Pressure

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 7:00 am by Jacob Thompson | 6 comments

Let me just start the article off by saying I’m more of a maths and physics guy than an article writing type of person, so my writing skills might not be the greatest. Let’s just say I’d prefer to approximate a binomial distribution with a continuous normal distribution than writing an essay.

 

Aside from that, let’s get to the point in question: running. I started my running journey back in October 2015, to try and lose some weight. I started by doing parkruns every Saturday morning, and that helped to improve my mood and I did actually start to lose quite a bit of weight (which helped a lot because I was very self-conscious about it). I continued just doing parkruns up until about April 2016, when I decided to join the Bramley Breezers (just putting it out there, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made).

 

About a month after joining, my GCSE exams started and because there were so many of them – between 20-25 – I started to get quite busy, and this meant my stress levels built up a substantial amount. At this point I realised that making the decision to start running was a very good one, as it acted almost like an escape from my exams – something I could do and just forget about all the pressure. I didn’t know it then, but it turns out there’s science to back all of that up – exercise releases endorphins which is basically a chemical that increases happiness.

 

Fast forward to now, I’m currently in the middle of doing my A Levels, which let me tell you – they’re about 10x worse than GCSEs. Which also means my stress levels are a whole lot higher, and this isn’t helped by the unthinkable amounts of homework I get. I’ll give you a quick example: 12 exams papers to do over the weekend is a pretty normal thing at the moment – this is a picture of the amount of work done in 8 months (I go through a lot of paper).

 

 

That ridiculous amount coupled with the fact that I also work at GO Outdoors on a weekend means I have very little free time, so – I won’t lie here – it’s hard to make time to go running, and when you’re under a lot of stress, even though running helps you, you just can’t be bothered going. When you mix that with how hard running can be sometimes, you’ve got yourself a cocktail of bad moods and feelings of just wanting to quit and stop running altogether.

 

I’m sure I would’ve quit a long time ago though if it wasn’t for the mass amount of support I get from the Breezers. Not only do the Breezers give me loads of support, but it’s helped me get out of my comfort zone a lot, because when I started running I never thought for a second I’d be standing up and speaking in front of around 115 people – which if you know me it’s something you’ll know I used to hate doing.

 

I know it sounds cliché, but running has genuinely changed my life. For the better, of course.

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  1. Claire Higgins

    June 15, 2017 at 11:06 am

    whoop whoop for Jacob. You are an absolute superstar and its great to have you as part of our Breezer family. You are an inspiration and its great to have watched you grow and come out of yourself over the past year or so. Good luck with the exams xxx

  2. Rachel feather

    June 15, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Whoop whoop whoop fantastic article Jacob you are a very talented young man. As a fellow breezer I am proud of you running achievements you are a great support to other runners 🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏿👍 good luck with your studies ( although you done need it ) 🍀 Glad to have you as apart of our club xx

  3. Lucy B

    June 19, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Great article, just what we need to show our daughter currently going through mock exam stress. Keep on running 😊

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