Dreaming about running can mean many things.
Are you running to get somewhere you want to be?
Are you running away from something/someone?
To be running in a dream suggests speed and flow. To be running forwards suggests confidence and ability. To be running away from someone or something signifies fear and an inability to do something. Running back to something indicates that a readjustment or reassessment is necessary. If we do not know our destination we may not have thought through a plan properly. Running in dreams suggests the potential for anxiety or distress.
Spiritually we may be trying to do something too quickly. In my tribe, long ago before cell phones and skype, the only way to communicate with neighboring villages was to send runners back and forth. Distances were often long and in winter months could be very harsh. Running in dreams can sometimes signal tests of endurance. It can also represent the fast passage of time, or quick progress in life or along your life path.
Running and speed are often associated with freedom. So if you’re just running along a meadow or in the woods, enjoying the thrill of speed, it probably is a desire or joy with freedom. You enjoy that ability to go where you want to go, and of making headway with your goals. On the other hand, if you are running to find safety – because someone is chasing you or something bad is about to happen – then that running shows the action you need to be safe. It shows that you can’t just wait around and hope for things to get better. You have to take action now to find the results you want, to enjoy the aftermath of the situation you’re in.
Escaping or running away from an undesirable situation can represent the feeling of escaping, or a need to escape, from something in real life. To dream that you are running away from someone, indicates an issue that you are trying to avoid. You are not taking or accepting responsibility for your actions. In particular, if you are running from an attacker or any danger, then it suggests that you are not facing and confronting your fears. To dream that you are running with others, signifies festive and prosperous times.
Dreams are different for everyone, of course, and what such a dream means to me and what it means to you will of course vary.
But it’s always good to dream, no matter who you are.