I’ve long wished for some kind of group or community tying mental health struggles with running—and I found it about a month ago in this article in Women’s Running! Sasha Wolff is the founder of Still I Run, a community that that runs for their health, raises awareness of mental health issues and works to stop the stigma.
Sasha Wolff is the founder of Still I Run – Runners for Mental Health Awareness. She created the non-profit community after she discovered the benefits of running after a brief hospitalization for depression and anxiety. When she isn’t working on growing Still I Run, Sasha works full time as a communications specialist for a furniture manufacturer in Michigan. She is also a wife and mother to one (soon to be two!). Sasha and her family love to run, spend time on Lake Michigan, and be with their family and friends in their spare time.
Because one of the best ways to combat anxiety and depression is through exercise and running, we’re combining the two. Still I Run is our take on the famous Maya Angelou poem Still I Rise. Though we may feel defeated and deflated, we can fight the good fight and get out and be healthy both physically and mentally…. together.
We talk about using running as a coping tool for depression, Sasha’s own hospitalization and just kind of geek out on running. You’ll want to get running after you listen!
Today’s guest is a dear friend of mine, Leanne Shear. I have such admiration for Leanne—she kinda seems to be awesome at whatever she does. She’s written two books, run a 3:29 marathon and, oh yeah, runs a badass fitness studio, Uplift Studios, that is hands-down my favorite studio in NYC. (I’m currently on the hunt for an LA studio to love even half as much as Uplift.)
We talk about the realities of building a business and staying strong through adversity, female empowerment, running, writing and more.
Plus, find out the hilarious thing she does to combat negative thoughts. If you’re in NYC, look out for her doing this on the streets of the city!
As a sidenote, I’m working on podcasting more regularly. Let’s call it a work in progress…