Today, I'm talking to a fairly new runner about her first marathon, which she calls "magical." This is crazy for me, because I would probably describe my first as “painful” or “traumatic” …! She tells how running helped her mental health – especially in difficult times during her first year of study. And I also share my thoughts on therapy.
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Warm up: my therapeutic journey …
First … we talk about mental health during an interview, and I want to remind you that nothing on Run Eat Repeat or this podcast should serve as medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you are sick, not sure that something is happening to your body or you feel injured. And please contact a psychotherapist or counselor if you are struggling with something that can help a professional or an outside specialist.
May is a month of mental health awareness, and I want to share my experience with therapy.
I first went to therapy in college.
No one told me that I should go.
I did not think that I was struggling with a serious mental illness … but I knew that what I felt and what I thought was unhealthy. I am stuck. I felt very bad, and it took my life. I did not want to go to parties or to certain places, I avoided social situations and any parties, dinners or plans associated with food.
My boyfriend and I participated in several fights because he wanted to go to a party, and I was
I realized that this affects all my relationships. So … I thought I should talk to someone about this.
Fortunately, I still had my mom's health insurance and was able to find a therapist who took our insurance and just had to pay an extra charge.
It really helped. But this is not a magic pill that solves all your problems.
You have to do the work.
You do not change or correct things, especially very complex ones, just telling someone about it once a week. You have to exercise yourself every day and work, how you think, how you react, your triggers, your habits and more. And sometimes you need medicines that are also not a magic pill, but can help a lot.
I went to therapy most weeks in the last 2 years. I don’t think I’m confused, so part of me thinks I don’t deserve it … and by that I mean that I feel that someone who has been on therapy for 2 years should experience more injuries than I have …?
But the reality is that my experiences, emotions, attitudes and needs add up, and it is difficult for me to move forward, be kind to myself and develop healthy relationships. And this is the most important thing, right? Or at least for me … to have the opportunity to have good, happy relationships with people I love. I am not talking about a romantic relationship, but about every relationship.
So – I share it all to say – I'm fine. But I want to be better. I want to be a better person, be a better example, have a better relationship and help other people to be better.
If you understand everything, and you are happy – well. Pass it on! If not, then I think therapy is a great way to explore things that can attract you.
Running Friend of the Day – New Podcast Series
Some time ago I appealed to runners and coaches who wanted to be on a podcast and got a great response! We start this series today …
Today, our interviewee Kaleena Soughter from Turnersville, New Jersey.
Let's start by talking about your run …
KS: I started to run to lose weight, like everyone else … marry … a teacher for the first year and really hard work.
She began to realize that running, so that she felt better not only physically, but also mentally …
Kaleena participated in the Philly marathon last year and shares her training and racing experience.
RER: How was your first marathon?
KS: It was magical. (<- Boom!)
As if I was at the height of a runner all the time.
RER: Then we started talking about running and mental health …
KS Am I sinking into sand or am I getting up?
Running Favorite Questions:
What is your favorite distance and why?
What is your favorite race?
This one surprised me …
Do you have a running mantra or how do you motivate yourself when you don't feel it?
What have you been listening to lately?
Yes, I looked at the new music of Jonas Bros and I really liked it!
What is your winning circle? (What do you eat after the race?)
Pizza with french fries ?? What to expect? (we discuss)
Thank you, Kalina!
You can subscribe to it on Instagram @Kaleenaamarie, and I will add a link to this in the notes for the show!
Now it's time for awards:
1st place – impractical jokers.
Second. Kristin for a snack.
Third. Costco calendar!
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