As I close out a very busy September I'm reflecting on the stresses and the missed running, and also shocked at the miles I was able to work in. The negatives were the simply awful bipolar bout I fought for several weeks this month. I get a bad episode about once a year and I was due. But instead of lasting for months (on average 3-4), this lasted about two weeks and started to let up. I attribute running to this, it just works for me. Work also required longer shifts and some weekend shifts, so getting in the long runs was a challenge. Plus the band I play in was very busy with gigs and rehearsals this month... which that is a positive.
The positives are I was able to keep my performance on the continued upswing since August. The bipolar struggle from the beginning of the month is left in the dust. Last week I got in a really cool 4 mile trail run with two others. I picked up a new pair of shoes (see below). And...
I'm going into October healthy and focused on the Monumental Marathon on November 9th in Indianapolis. After that off to California for a run on December 9th. So basically September was rough, but I've survived worse and I will always prevail.
It's been quite a while since I've posted, so here's the skinny. During the entire month of August my entire focus was mileage and a 'comeback' To repair my knee and my spirit. I'm happy to report that both are doing fine and I ended the month of August with 108.51 miles. Not too shabby for a dreadful July and a stress fracture. Today I handed in 14.62 miles on a beautify September morning and just grateful for the ability to run once more.
Too (and this week) I've been fighting some bipolar issues, the worst I've experienced in quite a bit, but running has really helped... at least more so today. I know this is no miracle drug, but it's not a drug. This works for me and makes this all manageable. Also I know that these issues and flare ups will only last a short time compared to the months they used to hang around. And all I can do and want to do it run, it works and is a blessing. The next two marathons are on the radar and I'm looking forward to handing in some strong end of year performances.
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.