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Run thru Bipolar

Overcoming Bipolar disorder thru running and cycling

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May 2014

Running Alone or with a Group

My first 2 years of running, I was always running alone with my head phones on and music blasting. I said I would never run with a group. However, last summer while training for my first Marathon, I started running with some Co-workers after work. WOW, what a change I thought I would hate it. I actually took my head phones on the first run, but I didn’t use them. Talking about running, beer, movies, TV shows, and life just made the time fly by, running 4-6-8 miles twice a week what a change from alone miles, when you are counting down until you’re done. (Counting down is for the long training runs, my other runs I never think about distance I just run.)

Now I still love my alone time running, music or no music sometimes just being alone with your thoughts is awesome. Running with a group keeps your motivated to get out there. Without them over this past winter, I would not nearly be in my fitness where I am right now. The cold and snow was not fun, and there were days when I didn’t want to go outside, let alone run. But when you have 2-3 other crazy runners, you group yourselves together and run like crazy in hats, gloves, and ski masks.

Being bipolar, I tend to get moody (that’s an understatement, but we’ll go with it). So running alone lets me just think sometimes it helps, other times I get a little more depressed. But if you have scheduled run times and dates with your group. You suck it up and join them. Without a doubt something will be said on the run that you can’t help laugh at and that is the best medicine for a downer mood.

What are your thoughts? Alone or Group.

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What to do when your running plans change

Second blog post, same day, must have some extra energy. Well this one is all about the run.

I went out to do some track work, plan was High School track a mile from the house. 1 mile warm up run to track, then run 5 400m laps and 1 mile cool down home. What do I find when I get there….. High School soccer game. Well now what? Just keep running,I had my Nike Plus GPS watch on manual laps, I flipped over to the distance and started slapping my wrist every .25 miles. I continued down the main road, made a left hand turn at the light, ran to the next light, turned left, ran and ran and ran.

So I ended up with running 5.25 miles, 7 .25 “laps” running those around 1:40 – 1:50, with my rest laps at 2:30. A little bit more distance than I had planned. But still a great workout.

Don’t ever let a change of plans get you down, or end your workout. #JustGetStronger

 

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I am NOT bipolar, I have Bipolar disorder

Running a 5k a year ago, I had a mental break through. I’ve only share this with my wife and therapist, but I am NOT bipolar, I have bipolar disorder. No one with cancer says I am cancer. No one with muscular dystrophy, says I am muscular dystrophy. No, they say they have cancer or they have have muscular dystrophy. Bipolar is not going to define me. I have a mental illness called bipolar disorder.

More on this race, it’s a 5k for mental health awareness, it’s the momrace.org MOM: Mind of Matter. I’ve been running for a couple years now, and I’ve run all types of races, but nothing I ran ever supported bipolar disorder. So in my searching, I found a race that supports mental health awareness.

Back to the break through, the race had signs up along the course on these signs were statistics about suicide or mental illness. Most of them talked about people being afraid to speak up or notice the signs. I am so glad I was here to see the signs vs being part of the statistic on the sign. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder back in December 2006. January 2007 had some dark days, but with the support of my family and my therapist I made it thru and here I am.

When I was told that this is what they thought was causing me to make certain decisions in my life, I was afraid, i didn’t want to be labeled or on medicine that put me in a fog. I tore into research, I read everything I could. I changed my diet, I change my life, I was made aware of what was going on in my life.

This is my first attempt at blogging, and I don’t want to bore you with all the details in the first post. I will break down my life from before and after I was diagnosed, I will go into my running, cycling, my marathon, triathlon, and all those things in between. I will talk about succeeding in my career, my schooling, and my family. Hopefully something I share will help someone else and that is the purpose of this blog, sharing my thoughts, speaking my ideas, telling my story, and just maybe helping someone.

 

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