Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running With My Dog Brought Me Back From the Brink
It’s never too late to chase your dreams: Before she discovered running, Nita Sweeney was 49-years-old, chronically depressed, occasionally manic, and unable to jog for more than 60 seconds at a time. Using exercise, Nita discovered an inner strength she didn’t know she possessed, and with the help of her canine companion, she found ...more
The prologue begins as Nita is running the marathon. Nita’s mind says negative things like “Who do you think you are?” and “You’re old and fat. People will make fun of you and you’ll die ...more
She has friends who run and post their achievements and joy in running on Facebook. She wants that joy, but fears starting and fears others seeing her. But one ...more
I wish I'd had this to read when I began training for my first half-marathon. ...more
So, the book itself isn't some page turning, life changing memoir. It's simply a woman's story about how and why she got into running - a fight with anxiety and depression being the biggest bit of motivation - and her journey from barely being able to run a full minute to completing her first marathon. In between, she talks about her struggles (both physically and mentally), mistakes she makes (plenty), setbacks she faces, things she thinks about and the progress she makes ...more
It's never too late to chase your dreams: Before she discovered running, Nita Sweeney was 49-years-old, chronically depressed, occasionally manic, and unable to jog for more than 60 seconds at a time. Using exercise, Nita discovered an inner strength she didn't know she possessed, and with the help of her canine companion, she found herself on the way to completing her first marathon. In her memoir, Sweeney shares how she overcame...more
We've all had to struggle when confronted with the obstacles of life, and Nita gives us the solace in knowing that we're not alone when we cry, or feel defeated, or argue with ourselves.
I knew Nita in college, but I had no idea about her struggles with depression and anxiety. Her book is an insightful look at the everyday challenges she faces. A real eye opener for me.
I’ve read books on running before (so I knew I’d like that part). It’s always interesting to me to see how someone prepares for something as big as a marathon. The moral of this story, however, is that in spite of the coaching and support groups (both vital), the majority of the prep work was done ...more
Nita’s articles, essays, and poems have appeared in Buddhist America, Dog World, Dog Fancy, ...more