Thank you a thousand times over
I cannot believe the support I had with yesterday’s post, Where Slow Runners Are Made Fun of. Not only did my running community rally around me, but they helped me get the message out. Thank you to my fellow Ambassadors at FitFluential and Sweat Pink and to everyone who passed along my message. I even read this from Mark at The Active Pursuit:
Honor the slow: Reading this blog post, “Where Slow Runners Are Made Fun Of,” made me feel ashamed of my own attitude toward slower runners who set off at a walking pace at the start of races. They probably should line up further back at the start, but Amanda reminds me that I shouldn’t judge. “I think people need to take a step back and realize that not everyone was built with thighs that don’t touch, rock hard butts and 6 pack abs. Some of us struggle so much with food and body image every day that even getting out and running while our body jiggles is such an amazing accomplishment. For some of us, only having 1 cookie instead of 7 is a huge accomplishment. We all have different goals and different directions in life. For some, it is to walk/run races. For some, I guess it is to poke fun at those who cannot do what they do.”
Reading this was so touching to me. If I helped just one person understand that slow runners are people, too, then I have done my job. All of the support really touched my heart and reaffirmed my love of the running community.
This article came across my Pinterest feed yesterday and even though there is a lot of basic information in there, it reminded me of a few things, but these things may not be common knowledge. Bipolar is a chemical imbalance in the brain. You are born with it and you deal with it. It is how you deal with it that is the important part. I didn’t do anything, neither did my parents, to ‘give’ me bipolar disorder. I have no way to make it go away but I can maintain it to be a better person. The article states:
“The most important fact to know about exercise and bipolar disorder is that regular exercise can change brain chemicals. This means that there is a direct correlation between how much exercise you get and how many mood swings you have.”
Ah, this is just another reminder that I need to get off my butt and exercise, because I can use all the help I can get when it comes to my mood. I am also helping myself along with medication, but that extra push through exercise could really help me I think.
Jeff and I joined our local YMCA this week. Neither of us have been there since, but with a busy birthday week we have not had the time to. I am looking into signing up for a few classes each week, to get myself moving again. I am also going to buy some goggles so I can get back to swimming. I used to be on the swim team (20 years ago) and I think it would be fun to get back at it. Plus, swimming is such a different activity than what I have done lately, it will be a great change of pace!
Has anything touched you recently?
Do you belong to a gym?