Running in Silence is committed to correcting the misconceptions and ending the stigma of eating disorders for those at any body weight who struggle to speak up.
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Rachael Steil clocked in as an All-American collegiate runner; she became a girl clawing for a comeback on a 30-bananas-a-day diet. This year-long struggle with raw food ended when she realized she had to find her self-respect beyond her identity as a successful runner on a perfect diet. Running in Silence opens the door on the secret world of eating disorders. It provides vital insights for those who don’t suffer from this disease and an honest and harrowing personal story for those who do. Steil challenges the stigma of eating disorders, looks past appearance, and dives into the heart of obsession.
“I shivered in my sweaty t-shirt and stretchy black pants as I sat before the glow of my laptop in the college library, my eyes scanning through a vibrant yellow website.
‘Eat all the fruit you want.’
‘Never get fat.’
Raw. Food. Diet.
It had been hours since I ran at track practice that winter, but I hadn’t bothered to shower let alone change clothes. No, I didn’t have time for that, because I had found the answer to my prayers.
This has to be it.”
“Running in Silence is not just about eating disorders and recovery—it’s a book that incorporates questions to help others begin dealing with their behaviors. Steil reveals the courage it takes to go to a place of pain and find the strength to heal. She breaks free on her own terms and shows the reader how to do the same. There is hope and compassion from a writer who cares about the reader. We need more stories like this with guidance. It’s a helpful book for anyone, especially to educate parents, coaches, and athletes. Running in Silence will encourage anyone to get that push they are looking for to not merely exist, but to live.”
~Suzy Favor Hamilton, three-time Olympic middle distance runner and mental health advocate
“I want everyone to go out and read this book. What struck me most about Running in Silence was the sheer honesty of how Rachael shares what she went through, how it impacted her sport, and how it impacted her emotionally, physically, and socially. As well, I was impressed by her honest desire to help others see themselves and their own personal struggles, fears, and experiences through hers by giving such vivid examples of what she went through.
I also thought that her willingness to describe her recovery journey was unique, for so few individuals can articulate that piece of the story. Most books like this that I’ve read (and I’ve read a lot!) leave me wanting to know how they recovered and looking for the author to show the reader that while recovery is possible, it requires a commitment to treatment and a winding road of hard work, setbacks, supportive people/professionals, and taking chances to break the cycle and learn to embrace new strategies. I found Running in Silence so much more honest and impactful in that regard.”
~Paula Quatromoni, DSc, RD, Boston University Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health Sciences; Senior Consultant, Walden Behavioral Care
“Rachael Steil is a talented writer dedicated to sharing her journey, her struggle, and her most vulnerable moments to help others. Her courage shines through on the pages of Running in Silence. Rachael has an important story to tell and she not only shares it, she offers up actionable tools for those who struggle with disordered eating to begin unraveling their own stories and find their own courage.”
~Jennifer DiGennaro, Founder and Owner at Nourished Energy
“Rachael’s story is one that everyone can take something away from. Her voice and honest account of overcoming her struggles, especially with an eating disorder that’s not widely discussed, makes this book a leader of its kind.”
~Brittany Burgunder, author of Safety in Numbers
“Not all of us can identify with eating disorders, but Running in Silence gives a star athlete’s perspective of what it’s like. The decline and then the journey back is a compelling story that gives us hope that any of us can recover from our challenges.”
~Don Kern, adventure runner, author of and the Adventure Continues . . . , and director of the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon