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:
- Raised my self-esteem.
- Lost 40 pounds
- Helped improve my COPD – I went from 3 inhalers to 1 inhaler.
- Improved my sleeping – I’m a chronic insomniac
- Stress reducer
- Lowered my blood pressure
- It helps to block out the symptoms of PTSD
- I’ve made new friends by participating in races.
- Gave me some new confidence.
- 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.