About this episode

Alan is a 48 year old runner who battles mental health, addiction and injuries. Alan is now, his own judge, police officer, healer and guiding force, with something to say and people to help.

Trigger warning: this episode deals with suicide and severe mental illness.

In this episode we talk about:

  • being in the thick of struggles
  • sharing so other people feel seen
  • moving for mental health
  • coping with injuries and holding onto hope
  • asking for help and accepting support
  • shockwave therapy
  • the importance of community and not being alone
  • adapting to change
  • inner dialogue and the stories we tell ourselves
  • taking full responsibility and action every day
  • being a role model
  • the intersection between lessons learned running and in life
  • suicide and the darkest mental health struggles
  • finding your true identity and defining yourself
  • work ethic and being your own worst enemy
  • pushing the limit
  • the impact of fitness communities
  • showing up for strangers

Check out Alan’s first appearance on For The Long Run Episode 86.

We mentioned For The Long Run Episode 91 with Jackie Hunt-Broersma: The limit does not exist.

Follow Alan on Instagram and Facebook @stigmafighter.alanscherer @swanzeykeenefitproject @alanschererphoto

Check out his website alanschererphoto.com and online fine art photography gallery


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