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Hello! I'm a writer from central New York who has bipolar disorder. Among other topics, I write about mental illness and writing. I have short stories published in Lynx Eye, Lost Coast Review, The Outrider Review, Sliver of Stone Magazine, The Mondegreen, The Linnet's Wings, Cobalt Review, Breath & Shadow, The Round Up, Postscripts to Darkness, Masque & Spectacle, and several other journals. I have essays about mental illness in The Ram Boutique and Amygdala Literary Magazine, and an essay in Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a book that was published by Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective. In December of 2016, The Mondegreen nominated my story "Santa Lucia" for a Pushcart Prize. I've written a novel entitled Purple Loosestrife and a novel entitled Hoping It Might Be So, both of which I am submitting to agents and publishers. I'm working on a novel called Dark and Bright as well as a book called Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in English from SUNY College at Brockport. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Walking in the No Boundaries Program

To keep myself honest and on track, I'll post here that I'm starting the Fleet Feet No Boundaries Program tonight. I'll be in the walking group because I haven't run in so long and, if I do run again, I've got to work up to it slowly. The program is ten weeks long, and at the end of it, we all do a 5k race. I'll be walking the 5k.

In the future, I don't know if I'll remain a walker or if I'll run again. I ran into problems with running. I have hypothyroidism, and there have been times when my thyroid wasn't right, which made it very hard to run. And then I started having exertional (exercise-induced) headaches that were the worst headaches I've ever had. I had to take a low dose of Metoprolol, a blood pressure medication, to keep those away (and I don't even have high blood pressure). Because of the headaches, I started walking and only walking, but I took the medication for fear that the headaches might happen with walking, too. I'm off of it now, and all is well with walking. But will the headaches happen if I run again?

I would like to be able to run again. I liked running and started doing it at age fourteen. I've run in a few 5k races and enjoyed them. But if I can't or decide not to run again, then I'd like to be a fast and powerful walker. This program will get me started and keep me going until it's a routine and not hit and miss the way it has been.

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