In this episode we discuss exercise addiction and disordered eating in runners with Dr. Rachel Tambling -licensed therapist, college professor, and lecturer for the Road Runner’s Club of America.
And in the quick tip segment Angie answers a listener question about whether or not to redo a final long run before race day.
Interview with Rachel Tambling
Rachel Tambling is a professor at the University of Connecticut with a background in trauma survivorship and addiction work. She’s also her state representative for Road Runners Club of America and an experienced marathon pacer with 100+ marathons under her belt.
I did the course work for my RRCA Level 2 coaching certification this summer and took Dr. Rachel’s online course about Understanding Running and Addiction.
As I was doing this course I thought that this would be such an excellent topic to tackle on the podcast as it’s something that you don’t hear discussed very often.
Six Factor Assessment of Addiction
- Exercise is the most important thing in my life.
- Conflicts have arisen between me and my family and/or my partner about the amount of exercise I do.
- I use exercise as a way of changing my mood.
- Over time I have increased the amount of exercise I do in a day.
- If I have to miss an exercise session I feel moody and irritable.
- If I cut down the amount of exercise I do, and then start again, I always end up exercising as often as I did before.
- Recovery Resources (an addiction clearinghouse) https://ncadd.org/family-friends/there-is-help/helping-a-family-member-or-friend
- Eating Disorder Hope (for those with troubled relationships with both food and exercise) http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/information/orthorexia-excessive-exercise
Resources (Eating Disorders)
- An amazing comprehensive guide: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/uploads/file/NEDA-Toolkit-Coaches_2012.pdf (for coaches of younger folks, but early all of it applies)
- NEDA: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org (they also have a referral service and anonymous help)
- For young ones – Kids’ Health: http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/eat_disorder.html or PBS kids: http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/body/eatingdisorders/index.html
- Women’s Health: http://womenshealth.gov/body-image/eating-disorders/
- For men: http://www.namedinc.org
Finding a Therapist
- Marriage and Family Therapists: http://www.therapistlocator.net/iMIS15/therapistlocator/
- Licensed Counselor: http://www.counseling.org/Resources/CounselorDirectory/TP/Home/CT2.aspx
- Psychologist: http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_search.php
Also Mentioned in This Episode
RXBAR -a whole food protein bar made with a few simple, clean ingredients, which all serve a purpose: Egg whites for protein. Dates to bind. Nuts for texture.
Health IQ -Marathon Training Academy is sponsored by Health IQ an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special rates on life insurance. Go to healthiq.com/mta to support the show and learn more.
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Shout Out! Congrats to Melissa on running her first marathon!
I ran my first full 26.2 yesterday in my hometown of Erie, PA after following an MTA training plan since May..I stayed right on pace and finished with a time of 4:13! Couldn’t be happier and can’t wait to put that sticker on my car! Thanks Trevor and Angie for your great training plan and inspiring and entertaining podcasts! -Melissa