Worthwhile, whatever shape you are

L9P Community Post: Julia Werth I sat nervously on the edge of a hospital bed, hands tucked under my thighs, lips pressed together, swinging my feet back and forth, hoping. Please say it isn’t broken. Please, please, please. It was my first week of college and instead of getting comfortable with the enormous library (or … Continue reading Worthwhile, whatever shape you are

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Running toward healing

This post is contributed by Polly Balogh, running the ninth lane in Sahuarita, Arizona. I can’t recall a time when sports or running were not a part of my life. My love/hate relationship with running began when I was 11 years old. Isn’t it hard to love something so much, but not want to do it, … Continue reading Running toward healing

Finding Resilience

This is part of Lane 9 Project’s essay series; an anonymous essay of recovery, reconnecting with yourself, and running. We welcome all forms of expression, story-telling, and connecting. If you want to share, anonymously or otherwise, we want to help. The day before the Drake Relays steeplechase, I went out to dinner with my teams’ throwers. … Continue reading Finding Resilience

How trail running is helping me recovery from my disordered eating

L9P Community Post: Leandra Bitterfield “Holy shit, this is delicious!” No, I’m not eating a thoughtfully prepared plate of food, or even a basket of French fries. There are no white tablecloths, or even forks and knives. In fact, I am at an aid station at mile 15 of a trail marathon, and I am … Continue reading How trail running is helping me recovery from my disordered eating

A Dietitian’s Truth: Diet Culture Leads to Disordered Eating

L9P Community and Ambassador Post: Hannah Meier When I first heard of the Lane 9 Project community through Heather—whom I met when searching for a running coach to help me train for my first marathon—it felt like I found my people. For years I have yearned for a platform to share what I’ve learned about myself and … Continue reading A Dietitian’s Truth: Diet Culture Leads to Disordered Eating