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How Running Help This Superstar Beat Severe Anorexia

When our Cover Runner Contest went out over social media, we were inundated with more than 5,000 entries and nominations. Thank you to everyone for sharing your love of running and inspiring us in countless ways. It was not easy selecting eight finalists, but we think you’ll agree they prove there is no shortage of incredible women in our sport. Read on to learn about one of our amazing finalists. Cat is a doctor of veterinary medicine candidate at Colorado State University who has combated anorexia and finished her first 50-miler this year.

CAT OGLE
Graduate student and veterinarian technician
Calimesa, CA

“When I run, I feel free.”

How has running changed your life?
A few years ago, I suffered from a severe eating disorder and ended up spending six weeks in a hospital fighting for my life. Once I reached a healthy weight and started working on my personal demons, I found running as a way to calm my mind. It has been a constant motivator to stay healthy so I can run strong.

What did you learn from struggling with anorexia?
One thing I learned is to simply confront everything head on. I buried the sexual assault I experienced as a child, telling absolutely no one, and it manifested itself into a full-blown eating disorder that literally almost killed me. My intention with being so open is to bring awareness to this very real issue and to realize that eating disorders linked to sexual assault happen more often than the majority of us realize.

Your ultimate run?
On a mountain trail with a ton of climbing and a ton of miles. I would want my fiancé, Derek, and our ultrarunning friends there—and of course my malamute mix, Pheidippides.

Find out more about our winner and finalists
Kiley Lyall— Winner
Charlotte Young Bowens— Finalist
Amelia Gapin—Finalist
Melissa Farruggia—Finalist
Cheryl Hile—Finalist
Tatsiana Khvit—Finalist
Davina McNaney—Finalist

Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller is the managing editor for Women's Running and spearheads our nutrition coverage. She’s an avid runner but also loves cycling (both on and off-road), yoga and all kinds of crazy videos to do at home. Formerly the editor of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, Nicki started her journalism career at The Washington Post. Her first races were duathlons (run, bike, run) in her twenties with her husband, and then triathlons, completing the White Lake Half Ironman in North Carolina. Since joining Women’s Running in 2013, she’s been more focused on half marathons and trail running. Some of her proudest moments have been running the Boston Marathon (first 26.2), and becoming an RRCA certified running coach and helping others take up the sport.