Moving Like Bolt – Running: Dream Meaning and Symbolism

It is a wonderful morning beside the river. You got up early to take a quick run, all alone, making peace with yourself and connecting deeply with nature. You look around and you feel so unrestrained and free, everything seems so easy and at reach. As you make a full circle, you suddenly feel the ground trembling below your feet. Just as you start to run away in panic, you wake up.

Running in dreams is usually a sign of anxiety and extreme nervousness. You are called by your subconscious to pay attention to your physical and emotional condition and to find the cause of feeling unsettled.  Basically, you are trying to escape a certain situation, person, or thing. If you succeed in running from it, it means that you will be able to overcome everything that stops you from moving forward in your life.

If you dreamed about stumbling and falling while running, it means that you will lose your reputation, despite the effort that you’re investing.

If you dreamed about running alone, it means that you will exceed others around you in the number of your qualities and talents. Ask yourself what is chasing you or from what you’re trying to escape? Something has obviously gotten out of control personally or circumstantially.

Scroll below to find the interpretation that best suits the dream that you had. Hopefully, you will find the answers that your subconscious mind is seeking.

Definition of running

The action or movement of a runner.

Dreaming about running very fast/running from someone/running after someone

If you dreamed about running very fast, running from someone, or running after someone, the interpretation may differ depending on the details.

If you dreamed about running very, fast, it usually signifies crippling anxiety and impatience. You are a person who loves closure, but at the same time, if things don’t go the way you expected, you delay or leave them unfinished. It is important to you what other people think, and deep down inside, you’re afraid of their criticism and judgment. You are frequently thinking about completing these tasks, but you do nothing to actually realize them. Take some time to relax, meditate and spend some time in nature. This is only a reminder from your subconscious that you need to pause and breathe deeply, nothing else matters, because you will be able to get everything done that actually needs to be done.

If you dreamed about running from someone, it represents your desire to release the pressure that has been weighing you down for some time. It signifies deep emotional turbulence – it may be that you’re struggling with your partner’s dependency in a relationship, or maybe a friend of yours started to overemphasize your role in their life. Either way, you feel trapped and deprived of your freedom. Approach this problem carefully and find the most suitable solution without hurting anyone involved.

If you dreamed about running after someone, it means that you’re currently dealing with immense jealousy for your loved one, thinking possessiveness is the best way to keep them in your life. It is actually contrary to that, it will only repel them even more. Controlling behavior always stems directly from your insecurities. Force no one into a relationship with you, because that way you will destroy the love that exists between you, for absolutely no purpose at all. 

Dreaming about running in place/on a treadmill/alone

If you dreamed about running in place, running on a treadmill, or even running alone, the interpretation may differ depending on the details.

If you dreamed about running in place, it means that you’re not able to let go of a past event that haunts your mind. You’re not allowing yourself to enter new experiences and meet new people, because you are stuck in old thinking patterns. Give yourself a break and stop that vicious cycle of guilt and shame. Try to find closure and stop carrying painful memories into the future.

If you dreamed about running on a treadmill, it means that you recently feel like not moving out of place. Some events prevented you from moving forward in your life and you feel as if everything has come to a halt. A situation from your past keeps invading your mind and you can’t seem to find your peace. Your subconscious is reminding you to self-reflect and self-analyze, to find the root cause of your insecurities and worries. Stop residing in your memories, because it is only a waste of time and energy. Open up to new experiences and new opportunities at work or in love. Reliving what didn’t go right in your life, won’t lead you anywhere.

If you dreamed about running alone, it means that at this moment you feel more competent than others around you. Although encouraging, don’t let this feeling shoot your arrogance through the roof. It only shows that you are more determined and more focused on your work compared to the people in your environment, but this doesn’t make you a higher species. Your effort and dedication will surely pay off tremendously and the best possible future is coming into your life. Avoid feeling superior and self-indulgent, because it will repel people. You are capable of achieving all of your desires and goals, you only have to preserve your soul untainted.

Dreaming about running naked/barefoot/in the dark/in the rain

If you dreamed about running naked barefoot, in the dark, or the rain, the interpretation may differ depending on the details.

If you dreamed about running naked, it means some unexpected news awaits you in the near future. Prepare yourself for sudden and abrupt changes in your daily life, as everything will turn around very quickly. It may be either from your professional or personal life – a new job offer or a new relationship. Remember that these changes are for the better.

If you dreamed that you are running barefoot, it means that you wish to lead a more unconstrained life, without any obligations. You’re eager to run free and unlimited by rules, taking your own pace when doing things. Beware of harsh reality checks, because not everything may end up the way you imagined. Some level of responsibility is crucial to maintain in life because it evolves us on a deep level as human beings.

However, let nothing bring you down. At the end of the day, optimism and happiness will be the saviors of your soul.

If you dreamed about running in the dark, it means that you’ve jumped too early to conclusions in your professional life. You’ve made a hasty decision, because of the pressure that has been put onto you. The darkness in front of you represents uncertainty and confusion about the upcoming consequences. Learn to show your attitude when something is required of you – it is absolutely ok to say no when you actually mean it. Reflect upon your thoughts and actions that lead you there, and try to find the true reason for such choices.

If you dreamed about running in the rain, it means that you’re ready to cleanse and purify your soul to prepare for new beginnings.

Water in dreams always represents one’s subconscious mind and is related to evolution from within. You want to taste freedom and the lack of overthinking that it brings with it. It is a sign that you’re on the right path, ready to take your life to the next level. You’re embracing changes and you’re eager to transform into a new version of yourself like the butterfly is ready to leave its cocoon. Your goals and dreams have a great chance of realizing themselves in the best and most unexpected way possible. Maintain the determination in your heart and there won’t be a force on Earth that could stop you from becoming the person that you want to become.

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