Posted: 22/10/2015 at 13:08
Not sure if this has been mentioned before - it being such a long thread. I recommend an autobiographical book on running and bipolar called "Fast Girl. A life spent running from madness" by Suzy Favor Hamilton. It's on Audible and it's been keeping me company on runs.
Suzy was a US runner up to Olympic level but all the time from childhood had mental troubles. Early on, that led to eating disorders and very low self-esteem. After some time she had some medical help from Prozac and Zoloft but all the time there were things happening in her background like the suicide of her brother. Later, she became an escort in Las Vegas and what some might call a nymphomaniac, but which was really related to self-esteem.
I haven't finished it yet. It shows how what could be seen as negative factors can lead to impressive performances, seen from the outside.
PS there's a rather unkind and undeservedly negative review on letsrun.