Run thru Bipolar

Overcoming Bipolar disorder thru running and cycling

Bipolar problems do you cry?

So it’s been over a month since I posted anything. Been strange, not too down, not too up,  but not right. So today big announcement big project at work,  not excited,  just lost.  I get to my car after work,  start it and start crying.  WTF I’m a grown man and just start tearing up for no reason. I hate this disorder.

Have you every cried for no reason?


Negative Stereotypes About Bipolar Disorder


The unfair treatment of individuals with severe mental illness has been linked to poorer physical and mental health outcomes. Additionally, anticipation of discrimination may lead some individuals to avoid participation in particular life areas, leading to greater isolation and social marginalisation. (study)

As if there weren’t enough self stigma, negatives and limitations built into having Bipolar Disorder, 21st century society sprinkles more upon us. I copy/pasted these from various sites. Whether you agree or disagree with various of them, I think we have to remember that they all dissuade people from getting a diagnosis, accepting it and being open about it.

So there’s an incendiary situation right there. It already takes an average of a decade to diagnose Bipolar – that’s a decade of untreated hell. Then there’s the fact that resistance to treatment (including meds) is potentially fatal for the sufferer. And that it affects everything and everyone around…

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I’d rather be Running

Well, I think it’s official, I would rather be running. I went out for a trail run last weekend and rolled my ankle. So since then, I’ve NOT been running and it’s Killing me. Did a whole bunch of nothing for a few days. Then finally today I couldn’t take it any more, so I went for a Walk….. yea part way into the walk I wanted to RUN…. I held back and didn’t run, but I walked at a fast clip. After 2.5 miles of walking, my ankle was pretty sore. I iced it for awhile, but I still needed to get OUT and do something. So a few hours later I went for a bike ride. I did about 16 miles @ 18 mph felt good, legs were burning, but my ass fell asleep, my knee was starting to ache and I missed RUNNING….. I can’t wait for this ankle to get better, I really need to start Running again. Well that is all, just felt that I needed to say I WANT TO RUN!!!

Time moves Faster than You Think

It’s been almost a month since my last post. Life can get a little crazy. in the past month, I’ve gotten in 80 miles of running (including one of those runs being The Legend Half Marathon) 35 miles of mt. biking, and 50 miles of road biking. Not to mention I had an amazing family vacation, where we got in some kayaking, biking, ATVs on the Sand dunes, Disc Golf, Mini Golf, family board games, and 1 day at an amusement park. Love spending time with my family.


Sort of a bitter sweet family vacation, my son will starting college in a week, my daughter is starting in High School the following week. My wife and I were trying to recall when we started going to this vacation house, and it’s seems like forever, but only be about 5-6 years. The activities we did then vs. now is a 180 degree change. Back then, it was hang out at the beach, sand toys, minnow nets, and skim boards. Now he was driving around in the ATV, daughter was taking pictures of the sunset. Time moves faster than we thing, and we need to all stop wishing for the future to get here, and start living in the NOW. Before I know it my daughter will be graduating High School, Son will be finishing up college. Then before we know it they’ll both be out of the house. Not sure I can handle that, but one thing I can do is enjoy what I have.

To wave or Not to Wave – Running

When out on a training run;

  • Do you Wave?
  • High Five?
  • Nod your head?
  • Say good morning?
  • Say good afternoon?
  • Say on your Left, followed with a thank you?
  • Say nothing at all?

To me it depends on what’s coming at you. What do you mean “coming at you”?

If I have another runner coming toward me, and we make eye contact, I give them a peace sign with my fingers, or a short wave. If there is NO eye contact (typically with women, Not sure why) I just run on past.

If it’s an elderly couple out for a walk? I say good morning or good afternoon with a smile, and just hope that I’m outside walking when I’m older.

If it’s kids, I nod my head,

If it’s a bicyclist, I nod my head. 

If it’s someone with a dog, and they have the dog stop or move to the opposite side of the trail or sidewalk, I say thank you. Never know what those dogs might do.

If I’m passing someone and they tend to be all over the place, I say on your left then thank them, if they actually move over. If they are just happy as pie and staying in a straight line, I pass them and keep moving, maybe a hand wave.

I’ve only had one person give me a High Five, not sure what caused it, but it actually pumped me up for the rest of my run.

So What do you DO?

Monday Motivation

I’ll make it a rest day – It’s ok to rest

Rest days are well deserved and should be taken whenever you are training. Your body needs to recover, your muscles will thank you, your brain, well it might not thank you, because it wants to be out there, but it will thank you. I decided today would be a rest day. After a 12 mile run, then MTB and a 6 mile run and MTB, why not.

My Wife said “Are you ok, taking a rest day?” I said yes why not? “You haven’t taken a day off in forever.” Which prompted me to look at Endomondo. I took Friday off. Friday is Date night. But then it’s been a busy month. beyond that.

So I wanted to see how my first “half” (it’s only the 14th) month went. I have 47 miles running in, 70 miles on the road bike, with another 15 miles on the mountain bike. Not to mention 5 softball games. So yea, I’ll take a rest day.


Started with some rain, ended with some dirt

Up early this morning, got in my 6 miler run at a nice 9:02 pace. I looked outside, and it looked like it had just stopped raining, I didn’t check the weather app or radar, got dressed and out the door. Less than a mile into it and here comes the rain. Then it stopped, then it started, All I could do was laugh at the rain, I was sweating anyway, what’s a little more wetness. Last mile was 8:45 felt strong at the end. Much better than my 12 miler time yesterday.

Home to shower, eat and off to church, great service this morning. Then home, ate more food (when training, I eat like a pig) then off to Mt. Bike. By best friend joined us this morning first time out, (he’s really out of shape) it was going to be a long slow ride. He made it without crashing, had to walk it up two hills, did hit a tree, but did awesome. We dropped him at the cars, along with another guy, then picked up another guy, and did the loop again. Was a beautiful afternoon and finished up great.


Love my running, riding, beautiful weekends.

Beautiful day for some double training

Saturday was awesome. Up early and out to do a 12 mile run, Longest run in 2 months hurt like hell but pushed thru to the full 12 this time. Having a running Buddy makes a huge difference, even though you both want to quit, neither one is willing to let the other one quit.

Then took about an hour break, got some food, and was driving home, Saw a sign to a Mt. Bike course, that my friends have been talking about. I already had my bike in my car. Closest MTB course is 30+ mins from my house, Since I was out that way, figured maybe get in a ride. And I was feeling pretty good, so I rode a course I’ve never been to. I got a little turned around out there, had to double back twice from some dead-ends. But overall was a great little ride.

Needless to say, spent first half of my day burning off some calories, then home, and out to eat at Qdoba, to put some calories back on. Finally sat down on the couch and was asleep in minutes. Now it’s 11:30, feeling not tired, but need my sleep. Going running again in the morning, followed by Church, then riding with some friends at that same park. Going to be a Great weekend.

Hope everyone else’s weekend is as much fun as mine.

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