032 Cristina Negron: On her memoir, mental illness, running with elite spouses, and polar bears .
Our guest is a writer and runner. Among other things she shares her process and how she was able to write her very powerful memoir, “So Far.” She has great insights to the running world as long time contributor to “Runner’s World”. She used running as medication and therapy as well as her natural love of the act. Learn about why running and being active in general was important coming from such a difficult situation at home. We touch on some new topics to Athlete On Fire including mental health and how our guest has dealt with her own. She happens to also be married to former Boston Marathon champion Amby Burfoot and has some fun stories of how her life of running with him has taken her on some great adventures. We talk about the parallels between writing and running and there is no doubt everyone will learn something from this episode!
In this show hear:
- Rolling “r”‘s
- Why grateful and hopeful
- The importance of people to run with
- Is obsession ever healthy?
- How long did her memoir take to write?
- What is bipolar disorder
- Exercise and depression
- On the bond between parents and children
- Love, sense of humor, go run
- “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” From the poem “Ulysses” by Alfred Lord Tennyson
“I couldn’t go to my grave without writing this book.”
- For running, finding a partner to help you stay accountable.
Quote on Fire:
- “Every mile is a gift.”
Quiz on Fire:
Bi-polar is a huge theme in her book. This begs the quiz about polar bears…Amby says at one point in “So Far” about bipolar that is sounds like a “sexually confused bear.”
Book on Fire:
Connect with Cristina:
“Love never dies.”
Resources mentioned during the show:
“The cure for anything is salt water–sweat, tears, or the sea.” -Isak Dinesen, author of Out of Africa
Fitness On Fire: Cristina