It’s Marathon Tuesday, one day after the big dance, and I am reflecting on some of the things that I have been reading lately on the topic of female runners. So...how do I put this delicately? The answer is: I don’t.
Oh, I know. You think that since having kids is not on your radar that you can swipe left on this one. Guess what. I actually wrote this for you. Of course, I’ve got some words for the ladies who are totally here for this topic also, so pull up a chair and get cozy. Probably grab an adult beverage and hang on tight, because we are going to go there.
If you’ve watched any of my YouTube videos, you know that I use vetted scientific research to explain hypothalamic amenorrhea. I spend hours researching, studying, and writing on this and similar topics as a graduate student in psychology. Yup, I’m practically swimming in journal articles...but I am going to tell you a secret: we don’t really need this stuff.
What to do about toxic social media, what happens when someone has to stop running (and doesn’t want to), why running to create meaning in life is a bad idea, how to stop being proud of a crazy work schedule, and OH YEAH how we are all being lied to with “female empowerment”…UGHHHHH….read on for more!
You made it through the first few weeks, or even months, feeling excited and confident that you are doing the right thing. But, then...something happens. It may start as a small voice creeping in, a passing glance at an IG post, or a text from a friend. At some point in the journey to recovery, there is doubt.
Many of you know that I have gone back to school to study psychology so that I can become a better resource on the topics of Overtraining Syndrome, Exercise Addiction, and mental health. I chose to study psychology because I truly believe that the root of all athletic evils begins with the mind. What we do to ourselves with exercise is less about what is happening on the outside than what we’re trying to prevent from happening on the inside. Buuuuut….let me not get too far down the rabbit hole before I share with you some of the things I learned while writing my latest research paper.