Rachel Cullen is a writer, blogger, author and runner, as well as a reformed ex-commercial litigation solicitor! Additionally though, Rachel suffered from bipolar disorder and body dysmorphia and spent many years feeling trapped and miserable, using Prozac and alcohol to live a life that to her wasn’t authentic. Eventually though she turned to running and fitness to change her life and her debut book ‘Running For My Life’ details her journey from bipolar non-runner to medal-winning marathon runner.
In this podcast, Rachel picks up on how the negativity of being ‘labeled’ has affected her over the years. From being an ‘academic’ child steered away from sport, Rachel become the ‘career professional’ appearing to have everything but hiding mental health issues, to the ‘runner’ winning 20k road races and putting up best for age times in the London Marathon seemingly without any effort.
Rachel highlights how labeling can eliminate possibilities by putting people into a pigeon holes and then stops them from evolving into their next challenge. She also talks about how the empowerment she found in running gave her the strength and resilience to deal with her ‘inner chimp’ as well as deal with her mental health issues.
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