A new plan and more miles
After the Pittsburgh marathon it dawned on me that too much isn't helpful and that I need to concentrate on quality over quantity. I love the travel and meeting people in various cities, but when it comes down to it I need to make those crucial attempts count in the very near future. Sadly I had to miss Lexington and will be missing South Bend marathon as well.
However... I am still very much in the hunt for Boston and with that a revamped running schedule that seems to be working wonders. My overall milage is starting to increase again and my legs (looking both ways as I type this) feel great. I'm giving up two of these marathon attempts and concentrating on Titusville PA coming up in August. After that one to be announced in Illinois.
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I've added a link to Mental Health America. They have a great site full of information and helpful links. Sharing and talking leads to helping and understanding. A small act can be huge in the life of another.
Always be aware that a person going through a mental challenge may not always ask for help, so keep your eyes and ears open and look for signs and follow your instinct.
"We rise by lifting others" - Robert G. Ingersoll
Pittsburgh Marathon 5/07/17
I'm happy to report that for me, The Pittsburgh Marathon was a huge success on my journey. It was my first marathon in nearly one month, but that was a good thing. Sadly I also had to miss the 500 Mini marathon in Indianapolis this year, but the sacrifice was worth it.
What made me nervous was two factors.. The weather and the elevation, both being nearly identical to Ann Arbor. Lucky for all, the weather shaped up rather nicely and we had sun and low 50 degrees, a runners dream. I did a better job on pacing myself with the elevation changes and by studying the course, knew what to expect. Although I have a lot of work ahead of me I am happy to repot that I ran a sub 4 hour marathon on a challenging course. And I'm proud of that. Next up the training runs increase as my experience grows, and onto the next marathon!
May is Mental Health Awareness month, and I started off being vulnerable to the issues that have presented a challenge most of my life. Today I had a full anxiety attack, the first one since June of 2015. It was a good run, but I felt I was due. It even appeared that for a while I could be impervious to future attacks such as this, sometimes we live in a fool’s paradise. Sometimes we forget that the struggle is real and very day to day.
I consider myself fortunate to have go so lone without suffering from one, and have taken the more natural approach over prescribed medications. It’s my risk and so far, it has paid off. I took the advice of both my therapist and a friend, along with a lot of self studying. But every day presents you with a new and sometimes old challenges. Adding running to this has helped stave off most bi-polar issues as well. Like I said, it was my choice. Going off your medication is a conversation you should always have with your therapist, for me it was about writers block. More of that later.
I’m feeling better now, I had a nice run in the cool rain. I found it calming and in a way exercised some of the demons of earlier today. Am I out of the woods? No. Challenges such as this lead us all over the map of emotions, and sometimes into darker forests, and occasionally more populated areas. Maybe that’s a reason I run, to travel the physical and emotional map, to be my own cartographer.
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.