Do you find it possible to run when you are mentally drained?

Can you run when you're mentally drained?

17 messages
12/10/2012 at 19:10
Hi, i'm just curious if other runners (beginner or experienced) are able to run when you're mentally drained? For example from a long day at school/work or just when you've done nothing all day! Thanks, GH
12/10/2012 at 19:23

For me it is a release so whilst on days like that I may have to dig deep as it were I know that it is a fab way to feel better.

12/10/2012 at 19:51

After a hard day at work I always feel better after a run, the difficult thing is getting the kit on and getting out of the door.

12/10/2012 at 20:11
As others have said. It helps me relax and I'll find that if I've had a bad day - the only thing that will help is a run to clear the cobwebs out
12/10/2012 at 20:55

Good thinking time!

12/10/2012 at 21:54
Yes, though not always an easy decision to make, never one to regret
12/10/2012 at 22:18
Thanks for all the response!

13/10/2012 at 08:47

Yeah as it helps clears my mind.

 It was great when studying just to put down books,go out and run for 20-30 minutes.

13/10/2012 at 10:20
If I feel awful before exercise I always feel better immediately afterwards. I put it down to adrenaline and just getting the heart pumping and the blood flowing. Shakes out the cobwebs. Still, it's hard to get started initially if you're feeling a bit low or knackered
13/10/2012 at 15:21

Yes- and good after a bad night on call too- I was feeling like death after getting up at 3:30am to go in to work, having only had 2hrs ( repetedly interupted) sleep- a 5mile run made me feel much better!

16/10/2012 at 20:23

I fell going running clears my head and releaves stress. Also feel better when I get back. Probably the best on Friday afternoon, where a me and a friend did a nice run in the county, and just ran and chilled out, as well as pacing each other. 

Went this evening with the club -  a nice steady pace, with people I know. Better than sitting, moping at home all night - and as a bonus burns calories and keeps mind and body fit. 

16/10/2012 at 20:26
After a particularly hard day at work a run helps me put things into perspective. It just seems to sort things in my head.
16/10/2012 at 20:27

Yes.  It's the best therapy.  99% of the time I feel loads better after a run. As previous post said, it's the getting out that's the hard bit.

17/10/2012 at 11:09
When drained it is harder to get out, I always feel the better for doing a run.
17/10/2012 at 11:36

Normally a run makes me feel better but when my Dad was terminally ill I found it almost impossible to run - Id go out with good intentions but end up walking home totally demoralised.    I guess it depends on how serious the stress is.

17/10/2012 at 14:35

Minnie, that must have been pretty tough. I had similarly poor results when my marriage fell apart in the six months before the Brighton marathon in 2010. I wasn't sleeping or eating properly and had no drive on my long runs especially. I was trying to use running as a distraction to what was happening in my personal life, but I think the long runs require you to be in a pretty good head space, and I found I had no energy and just couldn't push through any type of discomfort, and would find myself walking a lot. Consequently my training for the marathon was very poor, and although i made it round I promised that next time I'd give myself a fair crack of the whip.

Thankfully life has taken a turn for the better, and I'm enjoying my running now

17/10/2012 at 15:06

Dont sit down for a cup of tea or anything when you get home from work. Straight in the door, kiss the dog, stroke the wife put your kit on and get out the door. As soon as I sit down its game over, there is plenty of time for relaxing when you get back home

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