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To the runners or athletes with a past of restricting food and have found themselves bingeing: I wanted to write this today to provide a message from someone who has been there, too. I know this hurts. It hurts like hell. You probably feel broken physically and mentally. You want someone to understand. You want […]

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This is Part 5 of a Q&A series with leading specialist in eating disorders and sports, Dr. Paula Quatromoni. Click here for all blog posts and Q&As specific to coaches and eating disorders. Q: I’m a high school coach. I have an elite runner who needs to gain weight/body fat. She is not intentionally losing weight […]

The post How Can Coaches Help Underweight Athletes Gain Weight? (Q&A with Dr. Paula Quatromoni Part 5) appeared first on Running in Silence.

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Many people point out overbearing coaches and large, competitive Division I sports programs as the causes of eating disorders, or where eating disorders begin in sports. While these can be contributing factors to triggering an eating disorder (wanting to please a demanding coach, negative comments from some coaches, trying to keep a scholarship, major competitiveness), […]

The post It’s Not Just Overbearing Coaches and Division I Programs appeared first on Running in Silence.

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Earlier this June, after a month of preparation, I gathered three Running in Silence teams for the 1 in 5 Marathon Relay for mental health awareness. Putting together the teams (three teams of five with each person running five miles except for the last person who runs a 10k) and marketing the event as an […]

The post For the 1 in 5 Runners Struggling With Eating Disorders: A Relay appeared first on Running in Silence.

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The first Strong Runner Chicks Retreat last month was everything and MORE! It was rewarding for so many of us to meet in person at last after years of connecting online. I was blown away by the incredible wealth of information from so many women there, and by everyone’s passion and energy. I revealed what […]

The post Video: A Glimpse into the Strong Runner Chicks Retreat! appeared first on Running in Silence.

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“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~Jack Kornfield Lately I’ve been struggling to be compassionate with myself. I think many of us (runners? athletes?) are often too hard on ourselves. What makes us great in our sports (intense drive, hard work, discipline, pushing through pain) often allows little room for compassion. […]

The post Crumbling Self-Compassion appeared first on Running in Silence.

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I recently returned from the empowering Strong Runner Chicks (SRC) retreat in the wake of a NCAA coach losing his job for essentially body-shaming his athletes—something that is not the sole “cause” of eating disorders, but it sure can trigger them. I went to the SRC retreat knowing that many of us runners had very […]

The post Mistreatment and Body-Shaming in Coaching appeared first on Running in Silence.

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Another college campus Running in Silence presentation came together! It began with a student requesting a body image speaker, a runner from the WHAC conference who found and read the Running in Silence book and contacted me on Instagram, and an athletic director (shoutout to Cassidy for being an amazing host!) who came to Lansing […]

The post Faith and Fear: A Talk at Concordia Ann Arbor appeared first on Running in Silence.

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I wish I could be the shining example of what it means to recover and run faster. I wish I ran faster at a higher weight (and maybe I could have if my training had been consistent enough without the eating disorder invading everything). But I’m no longer even running. I didn’t have a major […]

The post The Reality of Eating Disorder Recovery: It’s Tougher (But Better) Than You May Think appeared first on Running in Silence.

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This is Part 4 of a Q&A series with leading specialist in eating disorders and sports, Dr. Paula Quatromoni. Click here for all blog posts and Q&As specific to coaches and eating disorders. A coach of an adult, co-ed triathlon team sent out a training guide offering athletes advice on “top 5 ways to become […]

The post When a Coach Suggests Athletes “Drop a Few Pounds” (Q&A with Dr. Paula Quatromoni Part 4) appeared first on Running in Silence.

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