Just thought I'd ask if there are any kindred spirits who are runners in this group. I started running thirty four years ago as a means to fight depression, alcoholism and smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Two years after I started running I ran my first marathon in two hours and fifty five minutes and brought the time down even lower in subsequent marathons.
Running has kept me stable throughout my life and kept me away from medication for depression. After running my first marathon, I found the courage to go back to school (after being a high school drop-out) and become a social worker. Every morning when I wake up and think of the stress and challenges I'm sure to encounter in my day, I get in my six mile run along the Rideau Canal and by the time I return I know I can take on the challenges.
It's just been such an important part of my life, I wanted to see of there are other runners like me who have similar stories. Feel free to say it here or chat me up.