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A heart condition keeps me from running in waking life, but it does not stop me from running in my dreams. In my sleep life I am able to run with great speed, agility, and endurance. Usually if I am running in a dream I am not doing so because of fear. Most of the time I don't seem to be running away from anything, but running towards something or just running for the mere exhilaration of the experience.
When I run in the dreams it is almost in a superhuman manner. I may run in leaps and bounds which make it almost an experience as though I am flying close to the ground. I may run so fast that I am keeping up with fast moving vehicles or animals known for their running abilities. There doesn't seem to be any purpose to my running in dreams other than just for the experience of the activity.
This dream activity may represent my desire for a sense of freedom or escape in my waking life. I think it displays a desire to be unencumbered by something in waking life that is repressing me. From a physiological point of view I think it's possible also that I may be experiencing rapid heartbeat during sleep and this translates into running in my dream. Since I have no quantitative evidence for this, I am posing a speculative scenario for the latter possibility.
Whatever the real or symbolic interpretation of running in my dreams, I will usually wake up feeling energized and optimistic after I've had a dream about this.
Do you ever run in your dreams? Are you running because you are afraid of something? Do you run in waking life?