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Location:

Riverton,UT,

Member Since:

Jun 21, 2011

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

800m- 2:23

1600m- 5:10

1 Mile- 5:12

3200m-11:03

XC 3 mile-17:55

XC 5k- 19:00

XC 6k- 22:25

Local 5k- 18:42

Local 10k- 41:31

Local 15k- 1:03:55

Unofficial Half (2020)- 1:45:46

Official Half (2021)- 1:49:28

60% (5 miles)- 32:32 (6:30 average)

80% (3 miles)- 18:52 (6:17 average)

16x400s- 82.0 average

20x400s- 82.6 average

SUU Road Race- 23:30 (3.9 miles/6:02 average)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Get up to 45-50 miles/week

Run a sub-19:30 5k again

Train for and race a half marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

18:45 or under 5k

Run a marathon

Personal:

I graduated from East High School in 2015 and ran for Southern Utah University for a couple years. In 2016 I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Independence, Missouri. I also attended BYU-Idaho in 2019. I'm finishing up my Associates degree through SUU, which I will complete by July 3rd. 

Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 24.25 Year: 307.66
Adidas Distancestar Spikes Lifetime Miles: 3.00
Adidas Boston 7 Lifetime Miles: 430.33
Nike Pegasus 34 Lifetime Miles: 493.60
Nike Pegasus 34 II Lifetime Miles: 252.16
Nike Pegasus 36 Lifetime Miles: 480.43
Nike Pegasus 36 II Lifetime Miles: 319.00
Total Distance
307.66
Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 50.75Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 252.16
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

Happy New Year!!

 

December 2020 stats

Number of hypomanic days: 2 (6.5 percent) ↓

Number of depressed days: 20 (64.5 percent) ↓

Number of stable days: 9 (29 percent) ↑

 

Average suicidal ideation rating: 0.16 ↓

Average meals per day: 2.97 ↓

Average hours of sleep: 7.97 ↑

Days medication was missed: 0 ↓

Average anxiety rating: 2.77 ↔

Average irritability rating: 0.13 ↔

Number of days exercised: 14 (45 percent) ↔

Average impulsivity rating (only 6 days of data): 2 ↔

 

All things considered, December was a good month. My mood was more stabilized than it has been since I've been keeping track (I started in October), and before then it's safe to say I was very unstable lol. So it's cool to see my progress.

I'm still a little worried about the next couple months because that's when I always seem to struggle the most. But this time I have a therapist and steady meds to help me through the darker months. If I can avoid another hospital visit that will be an accomplishment.

I broke my running streak :(

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Sasha Pachev on Sun, Jan 03, 2021 at 21:42:15 from 72.250.218.114

An idea - can you commit to running at least 1 mile a day, Mon-Sat as something you do regardless of the mood? Maybe share this commitment with a close friend or family member and give them permission to check up on you and encourage you to follow through if you struggle no matter what you say at the moment.

I would compare this to driving through patches of deep snow. If you hit get scared and hit the brakes, you will get stuck, but if you gather speed when you have traction, the momentum will carry you through the deep and slippery parts.

From allie on Mon, Jan 04, 2021 at 13:18:23 from 50.237.211.90

^ i like that.

glad to see you are doing well and making good progress. one month at a time, one day at a time...

my best to you in 2021. you have some good tools now; things will keep getting better. :)

From Sarah! on Wed, Jan 06, 2021 at 22:15:39 from 73.63.54.46

Sasha- thank you very much for that suggestion! I will definitely try it out. I think one mile is mentally easier to tackle than 4 or 5 miles, meager as those distances might be. And great idea to involve someone else- itll keep me accountable. My dad already nudges me to go running because he knows its good for me, I think hed be very on board with this plan. I will discuss it with him and see if hes willing to ask me about it each day. Thank you sincerely for all your suggestions they have been very helpful :)

Allie- Thank you :) my best to you as well!!

Total Distance
5.25

Wasatch loop. I had in my head that I was going to go the full extended loop, but after 3 miles I knew it wasn't happening. Or more accurately I decided not to try because I wasn't feeling amazing. Maybe someday this week I'll be ambitious and make it happen, idk.

Running streak: 1

Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

I didn't run again today. But I did have therapy.

We discussed my dilemma about not having the motivation to do things and yet needing to for the betterment of my health. She basically said everything I already knew but validated it and helped it sink in a little more, and gave more perspective. For example, she pointed out that I'm in a much better position than I was in last year at this time. That while I'm struggling with moderate depression, last year I was in a suicide spiral. And I'm very self-aware. For example, I can feel when a depressive episode is settling in. I can recognize it. I can also recognize hypomania, though I haven't been hypomanic for a while.

She also said something that really surprised me. She said that I'm the only one of her clients actually tracking my moods, and I'm not flaking on therapy where a lot of her clients are doing so right now even though they really need it. She said that holds a lot of significance and means I'm accountable and I'm putting in the effort to get myself healthy. 

She also encouraged me to do things that are going to help improve my condition, even if I don't want to do them. She said to think of the future and look at what each action will bring you, and make choices based on that. If it's for the betterment of your health, if it'll bring you peace, and if it'll improve your mood, do it. If it won't, don't.

The wintertime is more difficult for most people because of a lack of Vitamin D, but especially so for those with mood disorders. She recommended me to see someone to discuss in depth what nutrients I might be deficient in and discover ways to get enough of them either through diet or supplements. She also recommended I see a nutritionist to discuss diet and how it affects mood. My mom has mentioned diet being a significant factor before, in fact brought it up again a couple days ago. I might try adjusting it. My therapist also said staying hydrated is important with relation to mood, which surprised me. I don't know how that correlates but I'm going to try to stay better hydrated. And I've been slacking on my mindfulness techniques, so I'm going to recommit to doing one every day. And starting tomorrow, I'm going to go for 7 straight days of running.   

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

I get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday :)

Ran 3 miles and did a 7 minute core workout with my mom and sisters

Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

Foothill out and back. Almost didn't go but I forced myself to, ended up feeling pretty good. 

Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

Out and back

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

Got the COVID-19 vaccine today! What a day. I also got an IUD placement. Has me feeling really crampy and a little nauseated when the pain is rather intense

The vaccine hurt less than the flu vaccine for those wondering. It really wasn't bad at all. They say I could have a fever and chills tomorrow but we'll see. 

No running today

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Total Distance
0.00

So far my arm feels like it's been punched but other than that no fever no chills. I have some residual cramps from the IUD.

I'm going on a hike later today with Olivia, might make that my "run"/exercise just because I don't feel the greatest.

My class also started yesterday, I've got to write two 3,000 word papers within a month so that's exciting

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

I signed up for a half marathon! It's on April 3rd. I'm hoping this will give me some motivation to train.

Imagine Dragons posted a link to some music that I haven't heard before, I think they're songs that didn't make it onto their previous albums and I love it. I hope they release them fully soon.

Today was also a really good day in therapy. My therapist told me that I'm stable, which surprised me a little because my moods have still been fluctuating into depression. But because my suicidal ideation has been non-existent for 22 days and at a 2/10 intensity or lower for 57 days straight, and I haven't come close to needing a hospital stay in 9 months, I'm stable. Which is exciting.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Burt on Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 05:34:58 from 98.161.146.237

Which half marathon are you doing? I'll pace you! LOL! I can barely run 3 miles right now.

From Sarah! on Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 16:48:12 from 73.63.54.46

Haha I would love that! :) It's called the Run Emigration Half Marathon in Salt Lake :) It goes down Emigration Canyon, has some good uphill in it towards the beginning but it's mostly downhill. Which means I need to practice my downhill running :) lol

From Burt on Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 16:56:40 from 98.161.146.237

Good luck! You'll do great. I predict you'll finish in the top 3%.

Total Distance
5.25

Wasatch loop

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

Foothill out and back

Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

Felt good today

Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Burt on Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 19:22:15 from 98.161.146.237

Woot woot!

From Sarah! on Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 16:37:08 from 73.63.54.46

:)

Total Distance
5.25

Wasatch loop

Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

Foothill out and back. Sad to say, my legs were feeling a bit tired, but I guess that's to be expected. I'm determined to get a full weeks worth of runs in this week. And then keep up the trend. I'm not really sure how to best train for a half marathon, especially when it's only 10 weeks away, but I think at first I'm just going to focus on mileage. It might not be my best half, but I hope to at least be in shape for it.

If all goes well, this will be the first week since the end of July that I won't have missed a day of running.

Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

VA loop. Legs felt tired again, but it was also warm enough for shorts! As was yesterday. Today it was windy and started to drizzle at the end of my run.

This week I've been at a stable place mood-wise, which I think has helped me with motivation. I adjusted medications on Tuesday to hopefully stabilize my moods further- to have less frequent dips into depression and less intensity within those dips. The meds I've been on seem to have eliminated hypomania almost completely, interestingly enough. I wonder if that's possible for bipolar 2 depression, at the right dose and on the right meds. One can hope. To have only the occasional dip into depression, that would be amazing. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Sasha Pachev on Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 21:56:30 from 72.250.218.114

For the half marathon, in your current condition if you just get out and run that is the best way to train it. You have plenty of speed to run down your fuel supplies and destroy your quads and calves. So the more miles you put in (reasonably), the better result you will have as this will improve your fuel storage and muscular impact resilience.

For the depression, while you will likely never completely get rid of it, your ability to control it greatly depends on how well you do at being able to convince yourself to get out for a run daily. Think of your run as part of your medication routine. That is actually how I think of mine. I do not know what would happen to me if I did not run, and I do not want to find out - I never missed more than 3 consecutive days since I started. I do know, though, that at 40 miles a week I become more irritable. Before I started running at the age of 11 I had a hard time concentrating in school, and a modern doctor would probably have diagnosed me with ADHD or some other disorder. With that, I never needed the type of medication that you have to buy at a pharmacy - consistent running has taken care of it so far.

Total Distance
3.00

Well, I slacked for a few days. Yesterday I had no time to run, I was working all day. Unless I wanted to run at 8pm which I didn't. I was ready to come home and be done with the day lol

Anyways, I'm going to recommit to running every day and try not to miss any more days. Sometime it'll stick. 

Apparently we can't go over 40 hours a week at work, so now I don't feel so bad about leaving early for therapy appointments and school. Even with my shortened hours I'm cutting it close. 

For those who don't know, I work for the HERO Project (Health and Economic Recovery Outreach) at the University of Utah. We are a research project studying the spread of COVID-19 through Utah.

We're currently testing faculty, staff and students in Granite school district, MBA students at the U, and people in the community in northern Utah. In the past little bit we've been in West Valley and Salt Lake, but we have also tested in Provo, Logan, Layton, Woods Cross, and in the summer some of our team went to St. George (before I was part of the Project). In the past we have tested University of Utah students as part of their weekly testing, but we decided to continue doing community testing instead. So now the U has its own staff for U of U student testing.

A couple great perks of this job is that we all get vaccinated against COVID-19 and we get tested weekly for COVID-19. It's a great job to have in the midst of a pandemic.

I get my second dose of the vaccine on Monday.

Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

Out and back on Foothill

I got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday. So far I'm feeling a little tired, but otherwise alright. I've heard the second dose makes you feel more ill than the first, so I'm pleasantly surprised that I haven't gotten a fever or anything. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

Wow I'm really terrible at this whole running thing... oops. I'll try to go tomorrow. 

I'm losing hair due to my medications so my hair is really thin now and I just hope it doesn't get worse. This means a med change. I meet with my psychiatrist on Tuesday. I'm just frustrated that's all, it's so hard to find a medication that works and this one does. 

Today marks 10 months since being discharged from the hospital. 10 months of stability!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
5.25

Wasatch loop. Felt really good considering how much time I took off. It was a nice day today. 

Counting my lucky stars that my reaction to the vaccination was so small. Many of my coworkers had to call in because of the effects of theirs. It's the hot topic at work rn lol

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

Today was such a nice day I'd planned on going the full loop, but my knee started hurting randomly. It would sometimes go away then come back as a sharp pain. My two guesses were either tight IT band or tight sartorius. I turned early at 1.5 because it was bad. Got home and used my handy dandy foam roller and it's the sartorius alright

There was an avalanche in Millcreek canyon on Saturday. 8 people were buried and 4 of them died (ages 23-29). One of them was in the same nursing school cohort as a couple friends of mine at the U. I didn't know her personally but it hits close to home, what a tragedy. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Burt on Mon, Feb 15, 2021 at 15:35:10 from 98.161.146.237

Oh my gosh. That's horrible!

Total Distance
3.00

I really need to start running every day if I'm going to run that half marathon in April. I'm going to make more of an effort this next week.

It's been almost a year since I was hospitalized. It'll be a year in March. I was really nervous about having a repeat since the beginning of March seems to be when I struggle most, as evidenced by the past two years. But I'm feeling stable so I think I'm going to break that pattern this year, which is exciting. 

Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

VA loop

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

It dumped snow today, that was fun! I was dreading the overpiled sidewalks so I ended up not running today. I think it's all in my head man I'm just struggling to get motivated

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
3.25

Out and back towards the VA.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

Started with VA loop but decided to switch it up and go towards the zoo. The mouth of emigration canyon was the 2.5 mile mark, which is where I turned. I felt good and enjoyed the hills. Towards the end my sartorious was getting tight again but it wasn't too painful. 8:37 average. This seems to be my new pace- 8:30-8:50. I haven't been wearing a watch until recently (because I would always stress about the pace and get frustrated because I'm slow now haha). But my past few runs have all been in that range.

With my half marathon being only 6 weeks away, I'm going to commit right now to running every day until then. I can do that much, and I don't care how fast I finish that half I just want to finish it, hopefully without walking. This half was supposed to inspire me to run every day anyways and help me get into better shape. I've been a couch potato for far too long haha

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

This run was more to prove to myself that I could still do it than anything... and I felt good while doing it! Wasatch extended and added on Harrison to get to 8. 8:38 average.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Burt on Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 06:35:25 from 98.161.146.237

You got this!

Total Distance
3.00

Out and back towards the VA. I'm a little sore from yesterday

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

8:47 average

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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0.00

This was a very nostalgic week. On Thursday I went over to my biological sister's parents house and looked at some pictures and letters my biological grandma left for me and my siblings (they were left with my sister because she's the oldest and remembers). Then today my mom found the missing cord to our video camera so we were able to play a video tape we haven't seen in a looong time. Dated back to 2005. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

Didn't feel as good today, I think because I didn't eat much before. 8:48 average

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

Felt really tired for some reason. 8:40 average 

Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
3.25

8:49 average. Beautiful weather this week!

Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 3.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Burt on Thu, Mar 04, 2021 at 17:34:40 from 98.161.146.237

Looks like you're getting some consistent runs in. How are you feeling?

From Sarah! on Thu, Mar 04, 2021 at 18:13:30 from 73.63.54.46

Thanks Burt! Im sure trying haha :) Im feeling... more focused? A little stressed, but overall doing pretty well. Thanks for asking! How are you feeling?

From Burt on Fri, Mar 05, 2021 at 09:51:20 from 98.161.146.237

Same ol', same ol'. But overall, good. Thanks!

Total Distance
7.25

I'm tired after this one. 8:43 average

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 7.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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0.00

One year ago today I was admitted to the hospital for a partial suicide attempt, self-harm, and having 2 other plans and a suicide note written out. 2 years ago I was admitted to the hospital for the same reasons.

It also marks the day that my life turned around for the better. 

Everyday I'm grateful to be alive and well. 

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Comments
From Tom K on Sun, Mar 07, 2021 at 08:15:39 from 47.206.60.114

That's a big day. I don't know what the appropriate words are for this, but I'm grateful you are alive and well, too.

From Sarah! on Mon, Mar 08, 2021 at 17:19:47 from 73.63.54.46

Thank you Tom :)

Total Distance
0.00

No running today because one of my best friends got engaged today, I went to help out with the proposal up at Deer Valley after work.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
7.25

This one took it out of me. It was all uphill the first half but the wind to my back, then downhill the second half but going against the wind. And it was WINDY, especially in the canyon. I was getting blown over on certain gusts. Slow pace, 9:06 average.

It's my twin sisters' birthdays today, they turn 9. Crazy!

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 7.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

8:39 average. Getting nervous about the half marathon. I seem to get tired around 3 or 4 miles, the 7/8 mile runs feel long, and I think my overall anxiety has me doubting whether or not I can finish a half on such little training. Sigh.

On a happier note I'm now debt-free (not including student loans), my credit score went up 61 points, I registered for my last class needed for my associates degree and applied for graduation (it's not much but it's something), and we discussed going down to every other week for therapy (we're still sticking with every week for a few more weeks, but to be at the point where every other week is an option is huge, especially considering where I was last year at this time).

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
3.25

8:53 average. Imagine dragons released two new songs, one is not my favorite but the other is AMAZING.

Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 3.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

8:46 average. Still trying to figure out my future. Today I found out I was awarded (if I accept) a $3,200 grant (per semester) at SUU. Makes me want to go back, that's a huge financial help. But idk, I'm told by my parents and therapist that staying here in northern Utah is better for my mental health. So I'm torn.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Burt on Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 10:37:40 from 98.161.146.237

Maybe one semester at a time?

From allie on Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 14:03:42 from 50.237.211.90

my only advice (in regards to figuring out your future) -- take your time. i spent all of my 20s rushing to figure out/get to my future. now i'm spending my 30s cleaning up and starting over because i tried to check off my checkboxes too quickly.

that said, congratulations on the grant money opportunity. wishing you the best in whatever you decide.

From Burt on Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 09:35:43 from 98.161.146.237

Wow, allie. You're in your 30's? I must be in my 60's by now.

From allie on Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 10:16:43 from 50.237.211.90

at least

From Sarah! on Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 21:08:35 from 73.63.54.46

Thank you guys for your advice! I really appreciate it! :)

From Tom Slick on Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 08:18:39 from 172.58.56.4

Go get your education... you can figure out what to do with your life after that. It always seemed funny to me that while I was getting my education I Seemed to be drawn to whatever it was that I loved and wanted to do . Do something you love to do and you never work a day in your life!

From Burt on Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 09:54:14 from 98.161.146.237

Yeah, listen to Tom. He's a 50 year old with a 70 year old's wisdom.

From Burt on Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 09:54:38 from 98.161.146.237

That's what I heard anyway.

Total Distance
4.00

8:53 average

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

8:33 average. Beautiful day today! 63 degrees.

I just wanted to recognize the stability that I've finally achieved. These are two graphs showing my mood symptoms, the first from October through December 2020, the second January through March 2021. I don't know what finally worked, but a good guess says it was the right medication combination.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments
From Burt on Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 10:09:09 from 98.161.146.237

Those first couple of weeks in January look bad, but glad you're relatively stable now.

From allie on Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 14:16:41 from 50.237.211.90

it's not easy to stay consistent with the tracking, but it's so helpful.

love seeing the big improvements. happy for you!

Total Distance
5.00

8:24 average. Another beautiful day today! 66 degrees. It's supposed to rain tomorrow.

I got accepted into UVU today :) still have decisions to make, but it's probably where I'm going to finish my degree.

Decisions to make:

1) what to study/what career I want: I'm leaning towards either exercise science- just because I know I'm interested in it but I don't have a career in mind for it- or secondary mathematics education to become a middle or high school math teacher, or elementary education and become an elementary school teacher.

2) where to finish my degree

3) how fast to finish my degree- balancing school and work

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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I joined two challenges that will happen in April. One is the 75 mile challenge: run or walk 75 miles in April. This one is for the American Red Cross. I'm going to try to make it running miles, which comes out to be about 2.88 miles a day on average if I'm not including Sundays. I think it'll help me be more consistent with my running.

The second one is a 100 mile walk for suicide awareness and prevention. The Life's Worth Living foundation is hosting it- a walk from Toole to Wendover. It will be a 3 day event with two of those days being walking days. It sounds like we won't be walking the full 100 miles, it'll be more of a relay. But I'll do as much as I can, possibly running some of those miles. I think this one will be far more meaningful, especially considering my history with suicide. I'm excited for it. 

My half marathon I'm having doubts about. It's not this upcoming weekend but the next. I'll see how I feel on my runs this week and decide whether or not I'm going to do it. I know I should probably just try. But I'm nervous about it. 

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From Burt on Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 16:22:12 from 98.161.146.237

Fun stuff on the horizon!

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8:41 average.

My psychiatrist suspects I have an under active thyroid (hypothyroidism), which can be caused by one of my medications. It would explain my hair loss and sensitivity to cold. I'll be getting labs done tomorrow to recheck my TSH level (which was high last time) and check my cholesterol. I'll be meeting with a MD in mid April to look into it further.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.50
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8:55 average. 

My test results are back. My free thyroxine level was normal but my TSH was pretty high. This indicates subclinical hypothyroidism (hypothyroidism in its early stages). This was brought on by my medication (lithium), which I take daily for bipolar disorder. My lithium levels are still within normal range but on the verge of being too high. I don't know what this means in medication management, but some changes need to be made. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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10.00

8:56 average. 

This was to prove to myself that I can still run long distances. I'm still debating about the half next week, but I feel more confident that I can do it now.

If I do run it, my goal will be to run under 2hrs. That feels manageable to me.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 10.00
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Total Distance
5.25

I'm planning on running the half marathon on Saturday. I'm nervous but I'll do it haha. Next time I do one I'm actually going to train for it so that I'm actually ready. This one will just be a run-to-complete type half.

I'll be moving in the next couple of weeks so that my parents can remodel the basement. It will give me new places to run for a while.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 5.25
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From Burt on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 13:07:11 from 98.161.146.237

Can't wait to hear how things go.

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Beautiful day today! It's supposed to get up to 79 on Saturday so it should be nice weather for the half :) might be a little chilly starting at 8am but we'll see. I'm getting excited for it. 

8:48 average

Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 4.00
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2.00

It's so nice outside I wanted to go longer, but I also wanted my legs to feel good tomorrow so I held back. Gave directions to a nice lady, though thinking back I'm not sure I was all that helpful. Hope she found her way

plot twist: I stepped on a tiny piece of glass barefoot. I got most of it out but there's still some in there. I can't seem to get it out. Hopefully this doesn't disrupt things too much. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 2.00
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Race: Run Emigration Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:49:29
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13.10

It was cold when we started, enough that I wondered if I should've worn a long sleeve. I was in a tank top and shorts. It seemed I was the only one until getting to the starting line, a couple others trickled in with tank tops. Later I was glad I wore a tank.

The first 5 miles were mostly uphill. We started on the frontage road that's by the Mountain Dell golf course and went out on Highway 65. Before connecting with Emigration canyon we did a mini out and back. Then down all the way to the mouth of the canyon by Hogle zoo. 

Around mile 7 a guy began to pass me but I decided to match him. For the next 3 miles we ran together side by side. I was grateful, it helped it go by quicker. I miss running with people. We settled running 7:40s. After mile 10 he started surging on the uphills and I matched the first time, but the second I let him go. I was getting tired. There was a water station at Ruth's diner that I stopped at (well I stopped at all 3), that was when I felt how worn my legs were. Probably from the downhill. Starting up was a little rough, but I got back into the groove. The last mile was hard. I was struggling but pushed through.

Overall it was fun and I'd do it again given the chance :) 

Oh and I hardly felt the glass in my foot. Maybe it's embedded in a callous. I only feel it sometimes. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 13.10
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From Burt on Sat, Apr 03, 2021 at 17:14:37 from 98.161.146.237

Way to go, Sarah! I was thinking about you today while listening to Conference. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself. And what is this about glass in your foot? I once had glass in my foot and didn't realize it, too. LOL!

From Sarah! on Mon, Apr 05, 2021 at 11:12:01 from 172.56.40.148

Thank you Burt! Yeah I stepped on a piece of glass in our laundry room. Itll make its way out eventually right? Lol

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My legs are SO. SORE. It hurt to walk yesterday. I still walk painfully today, though I feel a little better than yesterday. Not sure if I'll be running today. I'm a little surprised it took so much out of me, but I hear downhill running is hard on your muscles.

My uncles are doing the St. George marathon and invited me to run it with them. I've decided to sign up :) 

Any marathon training tips would be appreciated!

I think the highest I'll go is 70 miles a week and 21-22 miles as my longest run leading up to the marathon. I plan to start training with one speed/tempo workout a week and one long run. I plan to start tapering 3 weeks before the marathon as per a quick google search of how to taper for a marathon. I put my goal as 3:55 because I have no idea how fast I can run a marathon- this will be my first one.

I ended up doing a small loop today. Once I got started it wasn't that bad, but I was running really slow. 9:30 average. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 2.40
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Total Distance
4.00

3 miles easy. Legs are still sore but significantly better than yesterday. I'm hoping that by this weekend they'll feel good enough to run Wasatch extended loop one last time before moving on Sunday.

Later I did another mile at 7:33 with Millie and Tessa around our circle. Millie broke off halfway through and grabbed a scooter lol

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
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Total Distance
3.50

My legs felt really heavy today. Still sore but not terribly so.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.50
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Total Distance
5.10

8:43 average.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 5.10
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Total Distance
4.00

I was feeling up for some 400s today so I went to the East High track and said nevermind. High schoolers were covering the home stretch of the track. So I made a loop instead continuing down to 1300 E. 

I make the big move on Sunday. I sent some of my stuff over there with my dad this evening (my younger sisters wanted a play date with my cousin- my aunt, uncle, and cousin who live in Georgia are staying with my grandparents this week hence why I don't move in until Sunday). 

I'll be helping my grandma take care of my grandpa. He had a stroke a couple years ago. He's fallen a couple of times and my grandma was unable to lift him so she's had to call 911. Hopefully with me there, there won't be a need to call 911. This is also to allow my parents to remodel the basement- can't exactly do that while I'm living down there. To get me back and used to paying rent again now that my medical bills are paid off, as a step towards living on my own again I'll be essentially paying rent to my grandparents, who will put the money in a savings account for me to access later when I'm ready to move out or buy a new car or whatever my next step in life is. They're very kind to help me out.  

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
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Total Distance
7.00

This is the first week I've run every day since the last week of July 2020. First week of marathon training down, 25 weeks to go.

I'm starting out easy- I don't want to go get myself injured. So I'm going to run 2 weeks around 25 miles a week, then start building mileage from there.

I found out my old neighbor/high school teammate Natalie Shields Connolly will be running the St. George marathon as well! A couple of my friends are running the Deseret News Marathon on July 24 and one of my college teammates Ashley is running the virtual Ogden marathon the week of May 9-May 16. So I have a couple of people to run with every so often if I want to :)

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 7.00
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Total Distance
6.00

I'm calling this one Redwood loop. Pretty much a box loop that included Redwood Rd. This 6 mile loop went down to 11400 S. Not sure if I'll make a loop along Redwood that's longer than that, but we'll see I guess.

To be honest, I was frustrated that I was running as slow as I was today. I averaged 8:41. I felt like the effort was there, but my legs didn't feel relaxed at all and by the end the lower part of my quads were hurting. I don't know what's up but I hope running feels more smooth soon. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 6.00
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Total Distance
5.00

Took a path that connected with the Jordan River trail, then went south until it forked into a dirt road and the paved trail. Obviously the paved trail was where the trail continued, but I was curious where the dirt road led. So I took the dirt road. It ended in a large opening and I spotted a dirt trail, so naturally I followed that. It led to a fence that overlooked the next busy street. Looked at my watch and decided it was time to head back anyways. One thing I'm curious about is if the trail continues either way, north or south. I think it goes all the way to Bluffdale, but I could be wrong. As for the northern side I don't know where it goes. I'll have to explore that. 

On the way back I was noticing that running felt off. I adjusted my form and that boosted my pace up to 7:50, but it was tiring. Maybe I need some strength training too. Then I decided to run a couple 400s based off my watch. I was frustrated at them, too. I felt like I was putting in a good amount of effort but not getting the results I wanted. I ran a 1:40 and a 1:33. Then ran home. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 5.00
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Can't remember why I didn't run yesterday, I probably just didn't want to. Oh yeah because the weather was crappy. Today I didn't run because my grandma had surgery on her hand and so I was in charge of my grandpa, we had to run to St. Marks to drop off an oxygen test then the car key battery died so we were almost locked out of the car but it had just enough juice to start the car so we went over to Nissan and got a new battery for it then over to TOSH to pick up my grandma after her surgery. We were there for like 2 hours because her oxygen levels kept dropping below 90 and they kept putting her back on oxygen and she needed to stay off oxygen for 20 minutes before she could leave. But she's all good now! By the time we got back it was starting to get dark and I'm a little more hesitant to run after dark over here when I don't know where I'm going really, so no running today. 

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From Burt on Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 06:43:01 from 98.161.146.237

Hi Sarah! For some reason I've been having trouble commenting on your blog lately. Every time I try it kicked me to the FRB home page. Anyway, hope you're doing well.

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Took the JRT over to the South Jordan trailhead then got off and went up to Temple Dr. and back home.

Until my therapy appointment today, it hadn't occurred to me that I might be hypomanic. I can easily identify depression, but I haven't quite been able to identify hypomania until someone else notices first. I could use some practice.

The red flags were not filling out my mood chart since the beginning of April and missing a dose of medication because I ran out and thought "meh I'll be fine. I'm feeling good."

I've been in a really good, happy mood (yay) but I've also been spontaneously signing up for things like, for example, the St. George marathon. I applied for a job and have a start date and everything but it was done really fast. Here I've been thinking I can manage a full-time job and a part-time job and an online class through SUU and reality check: that's too much. Hypomania is weird, it makes you feel like you can accomplish anything. So I don't know if that speaks for my decision to run a marathon, maybe I'm in over my head. But maybe not.

Anyways, I've got a few things to sort out. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 5.00
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Today was day 1 of the walk to wendover, a suicide prevention walk and fundraiser for the Life's Worth Living foundation. Thanks to my Facebook followers I raised $530 for the foundation. I'm tired and sore after today but ready for round 2 tomorrow.

On my garmin (that is currently dead so I don't have a pace for them, it died around mile 10):

Leg 1- 3miles 

Leg 2- 6 miles

Leg 3- 3 miles

On my Nike run app:

Leg 4- 4 miles, 17:35 average

Leg 5- 2.67 miles, 17:23 average (short because some teenagers in our group moved the cone back over a quarter mile)

Leg 6- 3.03 miles, 17:13 average

Total: 21.7 miles

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From Burt on Sat, Apr 24, 2021 at 14:47:06 from 98.161.146.237

Nice job! I deactivated my Facebook account for a while.

From Sarah! on Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 14:38:41 from 73.63.54.46

Oh nice! Good for you :)

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Day 2 of Walk to Wendover. I am so sore from yesterday. I honestly think running 20 miles would be easier than walking it

Leg 1- 3 miles, 17:23 average

Leg 2- 3.16 miles, 19:13 average (It hurts to go faster)

Leg 3- 5 miles, 18:30 average

Leg 4- 1 mile, 19:06.

Total: 12.16 miles

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I'm on the job hunt because my COVID-19 job is only funded until the end of June. I've applied to a few, I have an interview on Thursday that I really hope goes well because it's my top pick

I'm going to run later today. 

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4.00

Well, I didn't run yesterday like I said I would... but I ran today and that's a start. 

I can feel my hypomania going away... noooo

I have two job interviews tomorrow, which I'm both stoked for and secretly dreading... I hate interviewing but I want a job so see my dilemma? Jk jk

My current job just switched up what we're doing, now one of our projects is to go door to door in lower vaccinated communities to previously selected (randomly selected) houses and try to get people to take a survey about vaccine attitudes. We're trying to get a feel for reasons why people aren't getting vaccinated. Anyways so we'll be driving to Davis county, Utah county and Tooele county for this. Today was day 1/a practice round just in some neighborhoods here in Salt Lake. I have to say, this feels very reminiscent of my mission... lol

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
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Today was a busy day. By the time I was ready and able to go running, and wanting to for a change, it was dark. Normally if I was at my parents house I'd go anyways, but I don't trust this neighborhood as much. It's unfamiliar to me and feels less safe. So I opted not to go.

I accepted a job offer tonight, so that's exciting. I'm hoping to stay with this company for at least a year, I seem to have difficulty staying in a job (as is common for those with bipolar disorder. I can't explain why, it's got to do with the impulsivity that comes from the disorder. One day you wake up deciding you hate your job and/or wanting to try something new, and up and quit. It's really not good and it's something I need to not do. I'm proud of myself though for sticking with my current job for almost 7 months. And I'm only quitting because I'll be out of work soon anyways). 

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I'm definitely in a downswing, I'm feeling less and less like running. More and more exhausted/wanting to isolate myself in my free time. But I am really going to try this week to get out running at least 3 times.

Today I worked from 11-7, knocking on doors. Honestly, it sucked. I'm glad I only have 2 weeks left.

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Total Distance
3.50

Out and back on the JRT. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.50
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Rough day at work. Even rougher email after work, from my boss (like highest up head of the project boss) accusing me of falsification and threatening dismissal. I've already put in my two weeks but dang, I don't want to be fired, especially for something I didn't do. I have a 15 minute phone call this afternoon (Thursday) with her and I honestly don't know what to say. 

All this to say, I didn't go running today.

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From Burt on Thu, May 06, 2021 at 09:08:40 from 98.161.146.237

Oh no! That's terrible! Keep plugging along. Less than two weeks to go.

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I have been hypomanic and buying lots of things and one of those was a nice Nike sports bra that came in the mail today so I wanted to try it out. And I love it. No regrets :) I used a Nike gift card I got for my birthday so it's justified haha. The run itself was nice for the first 2 miles then kind of sucked for the rest of it. I've lost fitness.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.50
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4.50

I'm visiting a friend in Rexburg for the weekend. It's strange to be back. Not sure if I miss it. Honestly, it's a little triggering but it's so good to see Cat again.

Went out towards Walmart and turned at the Jack in the Box. 

I'm going to be starting up equine therapy in two weeks. I was actually recommended equine therapy by my therapist a while ago. Then this opportunity just lined up, I know someone who is working for this company that does equine therapy and she hooked me up. I'm excited. 

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3.56

Got off work early today so I went running before it got dark. 

I had a discussion with my therapist yesterday that has stuck out in my mind- certain parts of it. We were talking about shoulding on yourself (I should be like ____. Or I should do ___.) and high expectations etc. She asked me to tell her what "perfect Sarah" was like so I started listing off the things I should be doing and am not or the way I should be and am not. She wrote them down and read them back to me, then said well now I don't know if I'd want to be friends with "perfect Sarah." It surprised me. But we determined that if I was "perfect Sarah" I would have no empathy for others, I wouldn't be able to understand trials. And I'd have a lack of understanding for others shortcomings because I'd have none myself.

So things like having bipolar disorder have their advantages. At least I have empathy and understanding.

I was grateful for the challenge to my negative thought patterns. It made me think about how possibly I could be accepted and loved just as I am, not as who I think I have to be. 

Another thing that took me by surprise: I mentioned in that list of things that "perfect Sarah" would be thinner than I am now, and my therapist said "but you're already thin." I guess I'm just super self conscious about having lost muscle since college running and am fearful of gaining a bunch of weight. I don't do anything about it, but that underlying negative body image is there and weighs on me a lot. Which makes me feel that much worse when I struggle to get out for a run everyday. But I'm recognizing that those kinds of thoughts aren't the best thought patterns either and could lead back down the path to anorexia. So I need to figure out a way to be content with my body being the way it is, because it's at a healthy weight and I do recognize that I am relatively thin. It's the perfectionism in me that gets me sometimes. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.56
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I've gotten really busy with work and school. And now added therapy. I could start waking up earlier to go running, and maybe I will. 

I switched my registration for the St. George marathon to the half marathon. It's clear to me that at least right now I'm unable to train properly for a full marathon. But a half feels doable. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

4 easy before dark

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
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I started up an equestrian program today that will run for 7 weeks. It's amazing, I love it. So that and work took up pretty much my whole day. I could've gone running right after I got home from work but I was tired and when presented with the option of a chocolate milkshake or running... it was a hard call but I went for the milkshake lol

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3.00

Oh boy. I feel out of shape. 

I was reflecting on my run about how I used to be this super dedicated, fit runner and now I'm not. It's like college running just burned me out, because ever since I left SUU I've struggled to keep it up. I would love to be able to get back into running, but sometimes it feels like an impossible task. I'm going to try really hard to run every day this week. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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From Mike on Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 09:38:53 from 35.142.90.55

You know, I enjoy following your growth it's very impressive. Your introspection and self-governance is something you have clearly been working hard on.

I can specifically relate to this perspective in your entry above. For me, I was not identifying well with my future self and this made long-term positive changes seem pointless and difficult.

What is a cool trick I like to do now is to acknowledge that future you is going to have moments of weakness and plan for when that happens. For example, maybe not run every day this week, but how about one run more than you did the previous week? That way, when the inevitable weakness pops up, you don't feel like you failed the week.

Two steps forward and one step back is still moving forward.

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Today I met up with a friend I made in my new singles ward named Brittany. She says that a ton of the ward runs. Another friend from the ward named Jenna said she also loves to run and wants to meet up for a run sometime. 

Anyway, Brittany and I went out to Daybreak and ran around Daybreak lake. It was so nice to run with somebody again. We're going to try to make this a weekly thing. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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3.00

Dang I didn't run yesterday... but imma try to run the rest of the week.

Today I rode a horse English style for the first time! Next week I'll learn how to ride while it trots. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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From Tom K on Thu, Jun 03, 2021 at 20:22:58 from 47.206.60.114

I have never rode a horse, English style or otherwise. So cool that you are doing this!

Come to think of it, I have never rode an animal of any kind - elephant, dolphin, ostrich, reindeer, camel, ---nothing.

From Mike on Fri, Jun 04, 2021 at 22:04:58 from 35.142.90.55

@Tom, I rode clydesdales growing up a ton, and riding is REALLY fun, especially on trails. Especially if the horse is chill/calm.

Total Distance
1.50

It was HOT

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 1.50
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3.00

Easy 3 with Olivia

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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Total Distance
3.75

I'm at my parents house this week because my parents went to California for a wedding so I was in charge of watching my sisters (ages 14, 9, and 9). They got back late Tuesday night but I'm still here because my cousin and uncle who live in Georgia are in town and staying with my grandparents. So I'm in Salt Lake until Sunday. 

I miss running in Salt Lake. I miss the neighborhoods and big trees overhead. It has been good to be back. 

Today I went up to Foothill and took it over to 1700 S, up to Wasatch and back down 1300 S.

I also got bitten by a dog... first time that's happened while running. I thought he was a friendly guy just getting excited like my dogs but no I think he was protecting his owner who I was passing. Ah well at least it's not a bad bite. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.75
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5.00

Fun run with Jenna and David :)

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 5.00
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4.00

Ran with Jenna and David again. One of my best friends gets married tomorrow so today and tomorrow are full of wedding festivities :)

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
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3.00

I feel like there are a lot of things that I want to be doing (like running, scripture study) that I'm really struggling to do. I need to create a new morning routine and wake up earlier so that I'm able to get everything I want and need to done. 

I'm 2 weeks away from having my Associates degree :) it's been a long, windy road to get it but I finally decided to take that last class online. I'll have more credits than needed for it but at least I'll have something to show for my time at SUU.

This week is going to be crazy because I'm working full-time, finishing up my class (which includes taking a couple quizzes and writing a paper this week), I have 3 appointments (psychiatry, therapy, and the equestrian program), I have a job interview, and I got asked to speak in sacrament meeting on Sunday. So I'm a little stressed haha

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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4.00

It was relatively cool this evening so I decided I better take advantage and go running. Easy 4.

I got an email today from someone from the U of U Huntsman Mental Health Institute (formerly called University Neuropsychiatric Institute or UNI where I had two psychiatric stays and 11 ECT treatments done) saying I may be eligible for a new research study. I still have yet to figure out if I qualify.

They said, "Severe mood disorders such as major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder are known to be caused in part by genetic factors (DNA inherited by your parents). But the specific genes involved are not well understood. Furthermore, how genetic factors influence response to treatment remains unclear. The primary objectives of this study are to discover the genetic causes of severe mood disorders and to identify genetic variation that affects response to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). A secondary aim of this research is to find non-genetic characteristics that predict clinical response to ECT."

I think I'm going to participate in the study if I qualify. It would be awesome to contribute something to finding out the specific cause of bipolar disorder as well as aid in the research of ECT's affect on different people with genetic predispositions to bipolar disorder.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
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These last couple weeks have been crazy busy. Running has kind of been put on the back burner. 

I enrolled in that bipolar disorder/ECT research study today :) should be interesting.

I also accepted a new job today as a special needs caregiver. 

I finish my associates degree this weekend, all I have left is a final.

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Today I rode a horse (named Montego) while in a canter :) bouncy but feels nicer and less bouncy than a trot. The horse trainer/my instructor told me that I had the best looking canter on a first try that she's ever seen, that I have great adaptability. Most people when it changes from trot to canter try to fight the new movement I guess. But I didn't! Instead I held onto the horn because I wasn't 100% sure I wouldn't fall out of the saddle lol. Something to work on but I left feeling really good about my progress!

No running because I went straight from my equine appointment to work and worked until 8pm. By the time I got home I was exhausted and let the time slip by and then it was dark :(

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Today I decided mid-run to pick up the pace until I was a good mix of comfortable and uncomfortable. I did it for a mile and hit 7:23. Then ran back home easy. Felt good to mix it up, I was going 6:40 pace for a second there. I have to remind myself sometimes to push thoughts of "I could hold this no problem when I was at SUU" away. I'm at a completely different fitness level now and that's okay. 

I did it! I finished my associates degree today :) took my last final!

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.75
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From Burt on Mon, Jul 05, 2021 at 18:56:35 from 98.161.146.237

Congratulations!

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I had a very good conversation with my therapist this morning. She asked me about a time I was happy and what I was doing at that time. I mentioned running brought me a lot of happiness in my college days and she asked why. I said it was because of the sense of accomplishment of doing something hard and excelling at it. She then asked me why I can't be happy today. I said I didn't know. 

She also said that my bipolar disorder isn't what's getting in the way. I had bipolar disorder back then, too, I just wasn't diagnosed yet. 

Happiness comes from hard work. And she said that happiness shouldn't be our goal, it should be fulfillment.

Makes me wonder, what even is happiness? I know depression and sadness well, but what feeling is happiness? I know mania, euphoria, and the shallow happy from saying oh I'm doing all of this stuff, going all these cool places etc. but when have I been truly happy? And I think that answer is in achieving something difficult, accomplishing something great, and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone so that growth can take place. 

There are a few changes I want to make in my life- first, running. I want to start running again for the sense of fulfillment it brings me, not because I have to or because if I don't I'll lose fitness. Second, my approach to my upcoming job. I want to look at it with excitement and gratitude for the fulfillment it will bring.

I almost didn't run today, but I got myself out the door just before dark. I did a mile easy, a mile hard-ish, a mile easy. My easy pace as of late is around 9-9:30 pace. My mile hard (not all-out, but picking up the pace) was 7:39. I know that's nothing to go crazy about, but it's my benchmark time. Now I'm getting a taste of running faster again. And it felt good.

Anyways long post, lots to think about

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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3.00

It was hot, 88 degrees by 9:30am. Gotta get up early to get that nice weather eh? I enjoyed sleeping in tho

My twin brother proposed to his girlfriend tonight... she said yes!

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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2.50

It was HOT

I had a psychiatry appointment this morning, we're going to drop my dose of lithium in a couple weeks (on August 1st)- the reason being I am starting a new job this week so she wants to give me time to adjust to it before we change my meds. I am losing hair like no other, which is caused by lithium (it causes the thyroid to under function). I used to have hair as thick as Tessa's (my sisters) and now it's suuuper thin. I don't wanna be bald so we're finding an alternative before I lose all of my hair. Hopefully it goes well and I don't get super depressed or manic lol. I'll also be starting up an anti-convulsant used off label for anxiety. I've been quite anxious as of late, I don't know why

I have an appointment with my general practitioner on the 27th to test my thyroid/see if I can get a referral for a dermatologist. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 2.50
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Total Distance
3.00

8:39 average

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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3.00

Out and back on Foothill

I'm stressing out about my job, next week I will be the only staff over the day program and I've never worked the day program before. I got a little training on it yesterday but I still feel like I'm just being thrown in. Ahhhhh

I'm also slightly concerned about my mental health, just because of some of the thoughts I've had in the last few days, and I say this hesitantly because I don't want people to think it's worse than it is. I think the stress is just getting to me.

Some of those are things like thinking I'm going to die young anyways, who cares about skin cancer and subsequently not wearing sunscreen and getting fried. So not direct suicidal thoughts but a general apathy about life that is leading to undesirable behaviors.

Apathy about life is a good way to put it. I don't feel that depressed, just apathetic.

I see my therapist on Tuesday.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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3.00

Currently pondering over my loss of interest in things that I used to really enjoy, namely: running, reading, and drawing. I used to be so passionate about all three of those. College athlete, talented enough at drawing that I can draw portraits of people and I've had people tell me they'll pay me to draw them, and I always enjoyed a well told story. But since I left college, no more drawing, hardly any reading, and running is a STRUGGLE to even get out and go running. On top of that, I already want to quit my job because of how stressed I am. It hasn't even been a week. Did you know it's really common for those with bipolar disorder to hop from job to job? That's what I keep doing and I need to stop, but it's oh so hard to believe in myself enough to stick out a job. I know it's something most won't understand, but all the same. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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Total Distance
3.00

Easy 3

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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Total Distance
307.66
Nike Pegasus 36 II Miles: 50.75Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 252.16
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