Committing to the Process Helped Joshua St John Overcome PTSD & Depression

Today I’m running with friend/listener of the show, and a man who recently finished his 1st ultra, Joshua St John.

Joshua St John

Joshua St John

Joshua has only been running for a handful of years (at the time of this recording), and after getting out of the military his health took a pretty serious turn for the worst. He was taking medication for PTSD and depression, one of the side effects of the medications was weight gain gain.

After some time, he knew he needed to make a change for his health and he started walking.

At that point, it wasn’t an exaggeration to say that vacuuming the house was physically demanding, so simply getting out of the house and walking was a very positive step for Joshua both mentally and physically.

The hardest step is always the one out your front door, and that never changes. ~Joshua St John #runchat Click To Tweet

Changes Begat Changes

Shortly after he started walking, Joshua wound up getting a divorce.

And between walking and the divorce, things were chasing rapidly in his life. Joshua moved, found a place where he could go swimming, started changing his diet, took control of more aspects of his life, and on and on.

Change isn’t always easy, but by falling in love with the process of consistently trying to make positive changes good things start to happen, especially if you commit to the process. Joshua committed to the process of making some serious life and health changes, and while it wasn’t always easy he never gave up. 

And the results of his perseverance are evident.

Learn to fall in love with the process & stop looking for results. The results come when you stop looking for them. Click To Tweet

Becoming an Ultra Marathoner

Joshua St John Post Squamish

Joshua St John Post Squamish

Joshua got into racing the same way most runners do: starting with local 5ks and eventually running longer races. 

After running a marathon, he set his sights a bit higher and decided to tackle an ultra.

And Joshua didn’t just pick any ultra, he picked one of the toughest 50ks out there–the Squamish 50k.

As you can probably expect, the race was anything but easy but Joshua was committed to the process and (not surprisingly) finished the race.

Check out Joshua’s blog and make sure to say hi to him on Twitter.

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2 replies
  1. ILA
    ILA says:

    This was a nice interview. I can relate to the weight issue and the struggle that it brings with it (still dealing) but I keep on running. Changes do not come over night so I am now learning to just believe in the process. Your comments on that thought process really helped! Looking forward to my 2nd 50k in a few weeks.


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