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Diagnosed with depression 19 years ago, I lost the life I once knew, but in the process re-created a better me. I am alive and functional today because of my dog, my treatment team, my sobriety, and my willingness to re-create myself within the confines of this illness. I hate the illness, but I'm grateful for the person I've become and the opportunities I've seized because of it. I hope writing a depression blog will reduce stigma and improve the understanding and treatment of people with mental illness. All original content copyright to me: etta. Enjoy your visit!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Vacation cures all

I'm back in the cold after thriving for one week in the sunshine and warmth of Austin,Texas. The time spent with my friends seems to have been the cure for what ailed me. My mood is much improved. The sunshine, warmth, laughter and friendship was just what I needed. Seeing the newest and greatest running gear was helpful, too.

I attended 3 full days of The Running Event, the largest retailer event in the country for specialty running stores. Basically, companies participating in this event try to woo shoe store owners to carry their product, and they go to great lengths to convince owners (my friends) of this. There were probably 500 different companies set up in the convention center, from tiny start-ups to the largest shoe and apparel companies, like Brooks, Hoka, and UnderArmor. I got to see, try, and frequently even keep the latest technology in running shoes, apparel, socks, outerwear, and nutrition. Yes, it was heavenly.

The highlight of my week came when I got to meet and chat with two running pros, Des Linden and Jared Ward. Des is sponsored by Brooks, so she spent a few hours mingling with customers in the Brooks booth. Jared did the same with his sponsor, Saucony. While I spent more time chatting with Jared, 6th place at the Rio Olympics, I was absolutely thrilled to meet two-time Olympian and Boston Marathon Champion, Des Linden! She won the 2018 Boston Marathon! I have followed her career for years, so meeting her was special.

Des Linden!
Jared Ward
Austin, itself, was special as well. It's a unique city with lots to do, but I was most enamored with the weather. It was sunny and in the 70's the entire week. The sky was a brilliant blue every single day, and the warmth of the sun felt so good. It was so nice, I was motivated to go for a run. Actually, I ran 3 times! I couldn't resist the opportunity to spend as much time outside as possible. I explored the University of Texas campus during one run. Everything is huge! During my next two runs I enjoyed the beautiful path which winds along the shores of Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River. It was very motivating to be surrounded by tons of runners and cyclists. Running felt slow and at times heavy, but I was happy to be moving, nonetheless.

View from the path around Lady Bird Lake
I'm so grateful to my friends, Mary and Jim. I am humbled by their generosity and kindness. They thought I'd enjoy and benefit from this trip, and they were right. I'm feeling so much better today than last Sunday. Amazing that one week of friendship, warmth, and sunshine could make such a big difference. But it did. I have no way to thank them enough, but I hope they know how much I appreciated our time together.

Jim and Mary under a really cool tree
I returned to my life today. I go back to work tomorrow. I'm hoping my mood will hold under the stress of returning to work, remodeling and repainting much of my home, and the basic, everyday tasks of life. I'm celebrating every moment of feeling better, but I must confess I'm also waiting for the other shoe to drop. It's hard not to do that, but I'm doing my best to stay focused on feeling well instead. Forward I go.


Paul Lamb said...

Well, this warms my black and shriveled heart! I'm glad you've found some relief, and I hope is lasts for say 50+ years.

Katy said...

Yes! That would be wonderful (Paul's comment).