The most common question is Why?"
The temptation is most definitely there to say "So that I can eat as much chips n gravy as I want" in the name of training.
"Why?", "An excuse to buy a new ipad version 2 because there are so many apps that could be used on a long run!"
The best answer to "Why?" seems to be, "Why not!"
My own journey is one of great adventure. My last great adventure was an unexpected couple year stint recovering from depression. The recovery process seemed to begin from the moment of the uninvited arrival of the first symptom. Statistics seem to universally say that one in five people will experience depression in their lifetime. Experts also advise that depression can visit at any time in one's life, from the very young to the very not so young.
For me the uninvited visitor stayed much too long. You know when you have a house guest who stays on a little too long? It gets quite tiring. All you want to do is sleep. In my case I wanted to sleep so much, and I was so sad that I wanted to sleep so much that I even ended up in the hospital!
In the hospital (where the unwelcome visitor actually followed me to, how rude!), I was directed straight to the gym, and the spa, oh and to good food and warm friends. I started running for 10 minutes. I built up to 20 minutes, 45, 60. I was running 16 - 20 km a day. Word quickly spread that I was actually Jana Pittman (which I'm not) and whenever sports shows came on the TV, I was suddenly the celebrated expert; darts, golf, motor sports.
I discovered that as I was running, the unwelcome visitor couldn't keep up and was eventually so far behind me that I couldn't see him anymore.
All around me I've met lots of people, all of the one in fives who are also running in their own ways, all on the road to recovery. Each one of them has the most inspiring courage as they battle often very quietly towards depression freedom.
That's the biggest challenge I've seen people overcome. What's a little run across Australia ;)
To find out more about the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety, available treatments and where to get help contact beyondblue: the national depression initiative by visiting the website http://www.beyondblue.org.au or phoning the beyondblue information line 1300 22 46 36 (local call cost from a landline).
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go", T.S Elliot
"It does not matter how slow you go, as long as you do not stop", Confucius
"You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs", Jesse Owens
"Nothing ever fatigues me, except that which I dislike", Jane Austen
Rosie Swathe Pope runs around the world - http://www.rosiearoundtheworld.co.uk/
Pat Farmer runs from the North Pole to the South Pole April 2011 - Jan 2012 - http://poletopolerun.com/
Deborah De Williams world record run around Australia March 2010 - March 2011 - http://www.runningpink.com.au/
Sarah Mycroft, first woman to run around Australia - http://onelapnoexcuses.com/
The man who cycled the world - http://www.markbeaumontonline.com/
Cliff Young still running at age 75 - http://www.coolrunning.com.au/ultra/1997032.shtml
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