Why I Began Running

My name is Ginny, and I live in central PA. I am recovered addict, as well as a survivor of a sexual assault. I live by the 12-Step program because, in addition to saving my life, it has taught me about personal accountability.
The reasons I began running are:
1. My nieces wanted me to run a Color Run with them.
2. My health insurance pays for my gym membership, which gives me a place to train.
    (I’m a cheap person when it comes to paying out money for my own physical betterment.)
3. Running has become a new type of therapy for me.
4. As a recovered addict, running is a healthy addiction. I have gone from being an alcoholic to a “runaholic.”
The side effect of beginning running:
  1. Raised my self-esteem.
  2. Lost 40 pounds
  3. Helped improve my COPD – I went from 3 inhalers to 1 inhaler.
  4. Improved my sleeping – I’m a chronic insomniac
  5. Stress reducer
  6. Lowered my blood pressure
  7. It helps to block out the symptoms of PTSD
  8. I’ve made new friends by participating in races.
  9. Gave me some new confidence.
  10. Eating healthier.
Running has had a positive effect on me, physically and mentally I suffer from PTSD as a result of a violent rape at knife point. Running helps me keep the symptoms under control. Also, as a result of running and working out, I have dropped from 214 lbs. to 174 lbs.
Since beginning running, I have also been doing strength training with a Personal Trainer. I also attend his Boot Camp twice a week. I have had my trainer, as well as some of the friends at Boot Camp, tell me that I’m and inspiration, and that makes me feel that everything I do is helping someone else. I am a warrior when it comes to the issues that surround sexual violence, mental health, and autism. Having been affected by all of those things has made me a fighter and advocate.
I am a loner by nature and I love running alone. However, I was recently invited to join a women’s running group, Mothers Run This Town/She Runs This Town. I was a little leery about joining, but I decided to, again, leave my comfort zone. After about the second run, I began feeling comfortable and actually liked the fellowship. As long as I can go my own pace, I’m still running a group but also by myself. I’m not a distance runner and am comfortable with a distance between 3 and 6 miles.
Running is now an everyday thing, and someday there will be a day when I can’t do it anymore, but that day isn’t today.

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