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When Running Really is Therapy

Last year at this time I was all ready and signed up for a local 10k race called The Cares Run. If you remember, I made the mistake of thinking it was on the Sunday, but it was on the Saturday. I was out running a long run on Saturday afternoon when I heard an email come in. I checked it to see that it was the race director Irene thanking everyone for coming out to such a great race. I stopped in my tracks, re-checked the dates and lo and behold, I completely missed the race.


So, take two. Here we go again, except this time I may forget my keys, my anti-diarrhea pills and my manners, but I will not forget that the race is held on the Saturday, October 15th.

Cares is an incredibly well-run organization that offers counseling to people who are unable to afford the super high cost of therapy (the going rate to see a psychologist is $180 per hour!!!) but the way that Cares is able to subsidize counseling fees is through charitable donations, with the annual Cares Run being one of the ways to raise funds.

I believe that we can all benefit from a good solid counseling sesh. It doesn’t have to be this huge freaky deal, and you don’t have to have been molested by a herd of goats to need therapy. We’ve all had some bumps and bruises and we’ve all learned unhealthy coping mechanisms and we can all learn to heal and grow and move forward, no matter how old we are.


Irene was kind and gracious enough to offer me another chance to run the race, so although my race registration fee was waived in exchange for promoting the event, I’d still write about this run anyway, and I’d rave about Cares nonetheless, because things like running and changing lives are more than important to me.

I have no idea how I’ll do in this race. My dream is to break 40 minutes, but I have a hunch I’ll end up closer to 41. So if you’re local and you want to come out and support Cares and run either a 5 or a 10K, then I will see you there!


Click HERE to register.

Okay, who has never been to therapy or some sort of counseling? Why not?

How on earth am I supposed to train for a 10k?!?!

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Meredith @ the cookie chrunicles September 28, 2016, 9:59 am

    I just see that date and say OMG my sons bar mitzvah! Lol. I really like the 10 k distance. I don’t run many of the 10k races as they are few and far between but any chance I get I do it! I’ve never trained specific for the 10k but used it as a tune up race for last springs half. I think I took first mile a little easy and just went for it after that

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 28, 2016, 3:42 pm

      You know Meredith, I think I’m okay with the distance too! I used to hate it because it was so short and intense, until I ran a 5k and then I was like OOOOF. A 10k is mucho bettero. Not as much puke.

  • Amy Lauren September 28, 2016, 10:00 am

    This sounds like a great organization and race, and it’s awesome that the organizers are letting you just run it this year even though you missed last year’s in exchange for helping promote it. I like it when RDs will do things like that. Mental health treatment is so expensive and it’s good that the proceeds from this will help people who need it get it without breaking the bank.

    I bet you will do really well… don’t sell yourself short on the sub-40 goal. Your marathon training and base will carry over nicely to a 10K ;).

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 28, 2016, 3:41 pm

      Weeeee shall seeeeeee!!!!

  • San September 28, 2016, 10:12 am

    This sounds like a really great race and organization and I agree, EVERYONE can benefit from a counseling session.

    Go you!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 28, 2016, 3:40 pm

      The race director is super nice, too. I will forever love a person who doesn’t get offended by the use of the phrase “molested by a herd of goats.”

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe September 28, 2016, 10:43 am

    My husband has never been to counseling.
    He’s a freak.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 28, 2016, 3:39 pm

      His mental wellness balances out… Zoe quite well. 😉

  • Megan @ meg go run September 28, 2016, 12:26 pm

    Great luck at your race!!! I think you will crush 41 minutes suzy. I ran one in 41 once and you are waaaaaay faster than me. I saw a therapist once but it didn’t really help. Although at the time I didn’t WANT help so it was more my fault than anything!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 28, 2016, 3:39 pm

      Well, Megan! You silly girl! Why did you even GO to the therapist then?! Ha ha ha

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets September 29, 2016, 9:23 am

    I think everybody could benefit from therapy and a good run too for that matter.

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