Quote Of The Day
“One weekend my sophomore year was particularly rough. My obsession with running was mixing with depression caused by a recent break-up and the anxieties of a school that I had come to dislike supremely. I was sitting in my room, living 100 percent in my own head, and I couldn’t stop looking at my 12th floor window and thinking how easy it would be to open it up, climb out and be done. Life is hard and confusing and it sucks sometimes, I know that. The hardest part was that the next morning, after a sleepless night of fear, I had to wake up, drag myself to an indoor track and run a race in front of tons of fans, my team and my coaches. It wasn’t possible for me to just sit in my room and hide until the period of depression passed. Instead, I was forced to confront my biggest fears head-on in the unforgiving arena of track. Running stopped being enjoyable in any way. Days and months went by, life shifted, things got better then worse, then better then worse, and so on and so forth, no end in sight.”
“The greatest joy in my life is that the story didn’t end there. But to climb out of the hole, first I needed to hit rock-bottom.”
– Excerpt from a guest column on dealing with depression as a runner by 2013 All-American Nico Composto.
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