Today on the show I’m running with a woman that has so much going on there is no way we will be able to cover it all in one chat.
Sarah Canney enjoys just about every type of running challenge from going hard on the track to running in the mountains, and everything in between.
Sarah has recently gotten into mountain running, and has quickly fallen in love with the ability to be out and a part of nature while running on the trails.
She still hasn’t tested the ultra distance waters yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that itch gets scratched at some point down the road.
Running a Marathon Was Supposed to Be a One-Time Thing
Sarah was very active growing up, but running wasn’t her focus.
In college, she signed up for her first marathon thinking she was going to be one and done with the distance.
Instead, she fell in love with the sport and has basically been hooked since.
Boston: Not What She Thought It Would Be
Since she started running, Sarah had looked forward to qualifying for and running in the Boston marathon.
After several years of chasing the goal, she finally qualified for the race and ran Boston earlier this year (2016).
Sarah had been building the race up in her mind for years, and perhaps that was part of the problem.
Sarah thought that running the Boston Marathon was going the be the culmination of her running ‘career’, kind of the icing on the cake if you will, but looking back she thinks that perhaps her qualifying race was that for her.
It’s the first time I’ve ever talked to someone that was looking forward to Boston and felt like it was less than they thought it would be when all is said and done, and it was honestly nice to get a different perspective on this race.
Battling Disordered Eating
In my mind, Sarah ran a pretty darn good first marathon. She had a plantar fasciitis issue flare up on her late in her race, and she still managed a sub-4 finish (which is something I’m still working on achieving).
After that race, however, Sarah’s times got worse until she eventually walked away from running for a few years.
During that time, one of the issues that really limited her ability to improve in the marathon was the fact that she was battling bulimia for several years.
Sarah is very open about her struggles, and subsequently overcoming, her eating disorder on her blog. Click here to visit the page on her website dedicated to her battle with disordered eating.
We talked a lot about her struggle with body image and disordered eating on this episode. Clearly that isn’t the most fun topic of discussion, but since Sarah is very open and honest about her journey, I wanted to spend a little extra time shining a light on a subject that more runners are battling than we may ever know.
I asked Sarah if there are ways to address a friend or family member that is struggling with an eating disorder without putting them immediately on the defensive, and she said the best thing you can do is just make them feel loved.
She also mentioned a post on her blog where she interviewed her husband to get his perspective on being a loved one of someone with an eating disorder.
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