Mental illness and running

I wanted a place where we could get advice and support.

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06/10/2012 at 18:46

I'm glad by eck. What a love you are.
My plans didn't go so well got ill cycling and had to get my Dad to come and rescue me 6 miles in. Think it was just asthma but breathing in sent a horrifically sharp pains from my chest to the top of my shoulder and down my left arm. It hurt to much to use the inhaler. Couldn't breathe in deep enough or hold a shallow breath. The blue lips are back. The pain was bad enough to make me cry. I tried to cycle through it, then stopped for half an hour to let it pass but it just wouldn't. Must be asthma though cos once I got in out of the cold it got better really fast. I don't want to ask for a review cos they'll think I'm being wussy and call it anxiety though I have had panic attacks I know what that feels like and the only time I am not anxious is when I'm exercising.
Bit different to my smugness after yesterday's run but I'm hoping its just a one off ... I feel very sick tonight but if I'm better tomorrow I'll try a run to Chicken and back to see if I'm OK before I run properly.
Feeling a bit cross. I have only just got my rhythm with exercise, wish my body would just work!
07/10/2012 at 09:34

A package of what By Eck?

Sorry about yesterday SOLB, do you feel any better today? I would like to think it's ok to go back to the doctor's and explain to them that it's asthma, not anxiety. I think those in physical health have a tendency to mix up the two sometimes! And hopefully one bad day doesn't mean then end, we all have bad runs sometimes.

I had a car crash yesterday, some tosser pulled out right in front of me and I manage to mostly avoid him but he clipped my rear. It's only superficial damage. I said at the time about going through the insurers (and he admitted it was his fault) but I'm worrying in case he changes his mind and then I'd lose out.

07/10/2012 at 11:11

I feel loads better today Ben-o, I think I'll leave it be for now. If it keeps happening I'll go back to the doctor but if it only appears occassionally I don't think it's worth all the hassle on all sides. I probably did something to trigger it, I'm still not very good at reading the signs cos I tend to be a push through it kind of girl.

I'm not sure whether to do some exercise today or tomorrow to see if I'm OK again, I'll see how the day pans out then either pop out for a little run tonight or maybe the gym so I can just stop if need be. Or I'll plan a celebratory I have no therapy run on Monday (cos Vicky is on holiday for two weeks)

Oh Ben-o that sucks, glad you're ok and that you still have your car in once piece-ish. I don't see why he would change his mind. There are more people out there that do the right thing than the wrong one, it's just you don't tend to hear about them cos it doesn't make such an interesting story. I left a note with my insurance details on when I hit someone's obviously very loved car in a car park, paid the horrible excess and lost my 10 years no claims ... I could have driven off but the scuff had damaged the whole of the front facia and the car was so obviously expensive and freshly polished pride and joy material I couldn't do it to them knowing that it was my fault. The guy saw you, spoke with you and knows it was his fault, I expect his kicking himself now for doing something so stupid but I doubt he's going to try to pull out.
Anyway you could still claim and let the insurance co's argue it out, doubt he'd start lying once it gets official having already admitted the truth. I'd be more concerned if he hadn't already admitted liability

07/10/2012 at 11:25
Solb is the best person to describe a by 'eck package
07/10/2012 at 12:21

I started from one I think with SOLB.

Its a shame its name on the main beginners page. I hope this will send it there.

I have Post Traumatic Stress and Bordeline Personality Disorder.

I ran as a kid, was not very fast but I enjoyed it as I could ignore what was happenning around me. Its how I coped.

I return not because I want to ignore whats haappenning but find space for my brain to have space on where I not only have come from, but also where I want to go to.

Great idea for a thread

07/10/2012 at 12:24


Now that I have found this thread, and know where it is I would like to think, I would like to fit in this forum somewhere.

07/10/2012 at 12:28

SOLB, what you are going through with the asthma is normal.  It takes time to recognise the symptoms coming on and to learn what the correct reaction to that is - rest, inhaler, or pushing through it.  Asthma is always worst when you first get diagnosed with it as you don't have any experience.  Its a bit like learning to run - you would think that it was easy but actually most people get it wrong and blow up until they learn to listen to their body.  Give it time and try to learn to keep calm with an attack comes on.  The worst thing you can do is worry or panic because that makes it worse.

07/10/2012 at 14:10

Hi Sinbad, I'm fairly sure we can fit you in somewhere, there's space for everyone. Everyone's very lovely here. That's pretty impressive to have read all those posts!

Are you saying SOLB that people are basically trustworthy? Hmm...I would like to think so. I'm going to offer to avoid insurance and go private. It's a bit high risk but works out cheaper in the long-run.

07/10/2012 at 14:41

hi ben-o,

Sorry just read the first few.

I sometimes think most people are honest, most of the time. Its only when people with mental and or some physical difficulties. That they can't see beyond their own experiences, thus they shut out what they can't understand. Hope that makes sense.

07/10/2012 at 14:52

Hi all,

Ben-o sorry didn't read  your post about the car, the maajor thing is niether of you were injured in anyway. But I think like the others and that I don't think hhe will go back on what he said he would do.

SOLB, That's exactly how I feel when I  train. Its that time where some people switch off, and concentrate on their training. You should also be proud of yourself for owning up to scratch another car, not many people would have done that.

Hope not out of line in putting my two pennies worth with me  being new to this thread?

07/10/2012 at 16:45

Hi sinbad, not at all out of line it's nice to hear from you. It's always lovely to hear from someone new, we are a pretty welcoming group, it's just difficult to get that across sometimes. All welcome, honestly.You might as well jump in, no one will mind at all.

I think they are Ben-o, I know that there are a number of untrustworthy people out there but I think the majority are normal people just trying not to hurt or be hurt by everyone else. Hope I'm not proved wrong. (I don't mean all people are intrinsically good or that you should completely trust everyone but I think most people will do something like this if they say they will.)

I tried to get the guy who owned the car I scuffed to go private and he wouldn't, which I thought was a little mean but ultimately I'm the one that made the mistake.

07/10/2012 at 16:53

Thanks SCaz, I guess you're right. I think I was just frustrated and disappointed. I'm taking today as a rest day and trying again tomorrow. I think it freaked me out a bit cos it wouldn't calm but l feel fine now so it's all good. 

Silly question ... anyone else struggle with bugs in their face cycling? I hate it, I keep getting them in my eyes too I wondered whether a Buff over my mouth would help with the cold air and the flies - cos the asthma eventually calmed once I was out of the cold air.

To be honest, I'm a bit over-anxious about everything today so might be better to not think about anything and just let today do it's thing.

07/10/2012 at 17:04


Nothing wrong with being anxious about anything sometimes.

I get anxious as I live alone, and I don't have any friendships where I live, and I'm trying to quit the beer (i do go in the forum can I give up booze).

Thats why I have turned back to running and luckily found this web site. I go in two or  three at least once a day now, and it helps a great deal.

And yes its ok to let things go by, wish I had your ability to do that. This web site has become my social life. So if I post too much please tell me. It's just nice to know I have at least somewhere to go.

07/10/2012 at 17:16

I think you're right, sometimes it's easy to think that all emotions are bad when really it is just a feeling and if I don't do anything about it then it doesn't matter at all.

I live alone too, though I like it and don't often get lonely (I'm always being told off for spending so much time alone by the docs and stuff though)

Well done for trying to quit the beer, I can't imagine how hard that is.

I don't think you can post too much honey, what I would say though is that we quite often have gaps of a few hours or even a day or two when no one posts. If you've written last and no one answers for a while it won't be because you've done or said anything wrong. We just have relatively few regular posters, there are quite a lot of lurkers too so it's possible that someone will have read it and cared but won't feel able to post a response *SOLB waves to the lurkers*

I'm feeling a bit rubbish so I'm going for a walk to visit Chicken (I have no idea who owns Chicken, she lives in a field near my house, we met when she escaped and I twisted my knee trying not to run into her as she waddled in the middle of the path - after our near death experience we became friends and I go and feed her when I want to get out for a bit)

07/10/2012 at 17:48

Blimey Ben O rotten luck


Welcome Sinbad


SOLB I usually wear glasses (no lens but neutral glass) when I cycle if I remember for that very reason.  The buff over the mouth sounds good to shut you up erm...I mean to keep the flies out.  Just kidding you know I love what you say

2.5 mile walk done combining it with shopping - not the run I had planned but my left knee is a bit twangy. Popped in to see my mum on the way home too which was nice - I get told off for not socialising enough too

07/10/2012 at 17:54


Thanks for that I worry on otherr foruns over the past few weeks to replying to all posts. I never quite learnt how to let two people have a chat in forums or, actual chat rooms. I just hope that happens here as I really  at home here, and am enjoying the company.

Sometimes I like living alone, yet there again, I like the peace and quiet. It's strange that one.

I hope your okay.

Thats a really nice thing to do for the chicken, I had to read your post a couple of times before I got it though .

Well I would like to think that over time that I could become a regular in this thread.

07/10/2012 at 18:00

Yeah, it could have a lot worse Bear! I've been driving a fair few years now and you've got to expect some accidents. The guy is happy to pay so you were right you "people can be trusted" groupies...

I found that having no friends and drinking alone while watching tv went together very well Sinbad and I get how hard it is to make friends. The only thing I can suggest is a running club or something like that. I started helping out at scouts as well, though children can be pretty intimidating at first. In other ways they're very accepting (and a bit selfish because they're kids).

Hah! Yeah Sinbad, I didn't understand SOLB's Chicken comment either! I assumed she was talking about a takeaway not a live chicken.

Edited: 07/10/2012 at 18:03
07/10/2012 at 19:34
Hi Sinbad. I sometimes post regularly and other times struggle to write stuff. I haven't ever really lived on my own and sometimes wish I did! I think it is good to have a balance between quiet time to be ourselves and time with other people. I try to take my little boy for a toddle round the street at least once a day as it stops me just sitting at home ruminating. Our street often has people popping in and out so there is usually someone or a cat to shake me out of my gloom.
Solb, how was the chicken? My cats were very quiet today. Tibbles did give poorly moo some cuddles hut Timmy was too busy sniffing tom kitten.
07/10/2012 at 20:40

Bear that made me laugh lots I might get a buff to go over my mouth then ... good idea re glasses. I'll keep an eye out for some cheap ones

Aww to popping in to see Mummy Bear, that's really nice.

Sinbad, we're all pretty easy going here. There aren't really any unwritten rules, other than generally playing nicely with each other. So lovely that you feel at home here, I do too. I miss everyone when we go quiet.

Oh dear, I'll explain Chicken better next time. I forget that it's a bit of a weird thing to do. TAKEAWAY Ben-o?! I'm shocked. Poor Chicken had to have extra apple cos I felt so sorry for her takenaway chums!!

I didn't know you did scouts Ben-o, that's really cool. I was a scout (I know I'm a girl but the scouts were more fun) I think that's brilliant, especially as you said it must have been intimidating at first.

Once I'm running well enough I am going to join a running club. I always say it and never do it but this time I have to. I don't have any friends where I live either Sinbad. Does anyone else run with a club?

Hey By Eck, Awww poor poorly Moo (((Moo)))

07/10/2012 at 21:16

I have had takeaway chicken tonight, sorry SOLB.

I ran with a club a little bit a few years ago but then got injured and had to take loads of time out. It's good for making you go once you know people, as with all things it's hard at the beginning.

Yeah, I've been doing scouts about two and a half years. I really enjoy it even though kids can be right little sh*ts! It gets me out and I get to play with fire which is always a good thing. At the start it was hard because they're a group of shouting kids who don't really want to listen. And they're still exactly the same, it's just that I've earnt their respect so they don't like to disppoint me too much.

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