Wouldn’t it be awesome if my full-time job was that of a runner? Well, it’s not. Somehow my 9:15/mile pace hasn’t caught anyone’s eye. (Go figure!) Fortunately, I sincerely love my day job. When I’m not running, I work as a clinical therapist. It is fair to say that I am equally as passionate about mental health as I am about running. As it would turn out, I’m not the only one.
I first heard about Still I Run on the Michigan Runner Girl podcast. Still I Run founder Sasha Wolff was interviewed and I was hooked. Still I Run is a community that raises awareness about mental health through running. One of the main goals of Still I Run is to defeat the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
Immediately I knew I had to be a part of this movement. I emailed Sasha and we connected. I had the honor of writing for Still I Run, sharing my story and providing insight on how to incorporate mindfulness into running.
You see, I’ve suffered from anxiety for as long as I can remember. Running helps me manage my symptoms of anxiety – which includes irritability, fidgeting, and overthinking everything. Running helps me manage my mental health so I can help others manage theirs.
When I saw that Still I Run was looking for ambassadors for the 2018 year to help spread awareness about mental health through running, I knew it was a perfect fit. I applied and kept my fingers crossed. Just last week, I received the exciting news that I was one of seven selected to be an ambassador for Still I Run.
Still I Run is a community of wonderful contributors, writers, and passionate individuals. Be sure to check out the full website to read hundreds of inspiring stories and connect with amazing people. And keep your eyes peeled for more awesomeness this year!