So here's the thing: Sometimes people scoff at me for how often I workout or how intense I am, but what they don't know is working out is the mechanism that keeps my mind clear. I've been battling some pretty intense anxiety problems for the past couple years now. It all became glaringly clear to me when I burst out into a panic attack in the middle of lab meeting about a year and a half ago. WOOF. This was the time when I was finishing my Master's thesis and couldn't run due to injury. I learned that running is one of the things that keeps my anxiety under control and mental health is VERY IMPORTANT!
BEING SO, as I officially begin training for the upcoming Richmond half marathion, I've decided to start a fundraising campaign for mental health education!
I'm lucky enough to have a community of women who understand how the pressures of grad school contribute to my anxiety problem, but not everyone is as fortunate at me. The Active Minds organization creates mental health education and leadership programs in college communities and encourages young people to speak candidly about mental health. We can't tackle mental health if we can't talk about it!
My past races were focused on finishing and not embarrassing myself, but now, with help from the running community in Charlottesville and my own hard work, I am confident enough to set hard goals. This time, I aim to run the Richmond half marathon with a time of 1:50.
I ask you to support me in my training by donating to this cause! The more you donate, the more likely I am to stick to my training and achieve my goal. Ya know, social pressure and stuff!