So I am an athlete - have been exercising religiously for 20+ years (mostly running, yoga). I first experienced TMS 7 years ago after the birth of my son - lower back pain, bulging discs. I was told at the time that running is 'pounding' and it could hurt my discs and aggravate my pain so I stopped for awhile until I healed. I went back to running after several months of treatment by my chiro (did not know about TMS then...). After my recent TMS flare up, I stopped running for two months and was very sad about it. Really missed it. However, after reading Dr. Sarno's book and diagnosing myself with TMS, I went back to it, slowly, while completing the treatment program online. When I have run with my someone else, I was ok/no issues. But I have been going by myself a bit and when I am alone, I feel some fear which then turns into tension. For example, yesterday, I got up before my husband and kids woke up and thought "Great, some me time. I'll go for a run." Went for several miles and then felt tight/uncomfortable all day - like I took a step back. I guess I felt a twinge and then let my head run wild. I feel like I want to 'push through' and keep running bc ultimately, I know it's just TMS but I'm worried that I still have some fear and bc of that, I'm not making progress (or running is becoming my crutch). I've always depended on exercise as my stress reliever. Not sure what to do - help!