Mental illness and running

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

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26/11/2012 at 20:41
Wahey! And did the little darlings behave?
26/11/2012 at 20:43

This is my latest self-prescribed therapy, BTW:


Edited: 26/11/2012 at 20:44
26/11/2012 at 20:56
Awwwwwwwww, awwwwwwwww. So so so cute!
Is it working frodo?
26/11/2012 at 21:00

It is a definite mood enhancer

But it's not fixed the headache, so I'm off for an early bedtime. Night all  

26/11/2012 at 21:03
Sleep well. Hope you feel better in the morning
26/11/2012 at 22:34

Hi. Just found this forum and was keen to join in.  I've been struggling with depression for a long time now.  I do find that running helps - but actually getting out and running can be very difficult.  I run with two different groups but often I will head off out to drive to the meeting point feeling OK but by the time I get there I've totally lost my nerve and end up bottling out and driving home again without a run.  I've had some successes.  This time last year I set a new years resolution target of getting my 10k time down below an hour - and succeeded by doing it on New Years Day.  Things haven't gone quite so well since and my last 10k I struggled just to finish.  My aim is to complete a half marathon or even eventually a full one - but for now I'm having to set my sights on one step at a time in just getting out running again regularly.  Any help or support welcome.

27/11/2012 at 06:44
So glad you posted. I think all of us have been there at some point. It is really frustrating because you know it is good for your mental health, but at times it makes it really difficult. I often find the hardest part is actually starting. For me, it's getting my running gear on because that is a statement of intent. Please keep posting. We love to help

In other news, I have a big pot of yellow and green veg soup on the hob. I thought you could take some to mummy bear, bear?
27/11/2012 at 17:10

Hi LR, I'm generally a lurker but I think it only fair to pop my head in occassionally so that people know that I exist.

I find getting out the door hard and get around it by keeping my mind focused.  Forget why you are doing each step of your prep and just concentrate on doing it - 'I'm just going to put these shoes on, I'll just tie the laces, I'll just look for a water bottle etc'  If I think about actually running then I think of the cold and dark and never make it out of the door

27/11/2012 at 20:33
Solb are you ok?
27/11/2012 at 22:05

Thanks for your responses.  It's good just to hear from people who know what it's like.  I often find that I want to read running magazines but often find them of no help - in fact the opposite when they set things out like training plans which make it look like it''s so easy for other people when I know I couldn't possibly do that myself.  There does seem to be a lack of recognition of this type of problem.

27/11/2012 at 22:14
Yup, I have run 2 marathons on the back of some rubbish training because of family stuff getting in the way. I used to beat myself up over it but now I see running as something I enjoy
27/11/2012 at 22:39
Hey LR
Running is a wonderful tool for improving mental health but its an impressive way of heaping the guilt on too!
I'm hoping to try getting out for a run tomorrow, has been a few weeks so I am nervous but I am hoping to just get out.
Massive respect for running with groups, I always want to but I'm too chicken. I do the driving somewhere then being unable to get out of the car thing too, I rarely get into the gym without a 45 min battle hiding in the car first.
Hi SCaz, nice to see you here.
Frodo, awwwwwwwwwwwww! Oh and huge well done on the run home
How's Moo by eck, has the threat of hospital diminished?
Is mummybear home now? Have you got back to your list or is everything a bit crazy still?
Sorry for being quiet have had a horrible mood crash but I think I'm partly just really lonely cos I hadnt seen anyone for a week with the virus raging.
I bumped into someone from an old job today, he was really nasty about me behind my back at the time and today he put on this massive fake 'lovely to see you routine' I feel really shaken by it but I don't know why
28/11/2012 at 08:45

Good Morning

ive been on a few different forums on here but just found this one. i have suffered from depression and anxiety for several years now resulting in a couple of 'breakdowns' but now im getting on the other side of it.

ive found running to be a wonderful tool and have been writing a blog on it @

28/11/2012 at 09:03
Morning bricki, welcome!
28/11/2012 at 09:33
Hi Bricki
*waves enthusiastically*
I've just invited DaddySOLB to come and watch the new James Bond with me this afternoon. Am regretting it already but he gets lonely being home alone and I'm definitely lonely so in theory it's a good idea.
28/11/2012 at 09:39
Well done Solb.
It's good to hear from you. Little moo and I are getting cabin fever. He should be well enough for nursery on Friday tho
28/11/2012 at 10:46

Hi all, (welcome LR & Bricki)

Sorry I've not popped in for a while, been lurking a little. I move house tomorrow and then start my new job on Monday and it's a bit stressful.

Why are you regretting going to see the cinema SOLB? It's a pretty good film (I'm guessing that's not the issue).

I keep reading about your baking By Eck, it makes me hungry! Hopefully Little moo will be better soon.

Peace and love,


28/11/2012 at 11:48
The chime bars are being rehomed
28/11/2012 at 12:16

Are they like Dime Bars?  I can rehome those in my tummy!


Welcome Bricki and LR

28/11/2012 at 12:30
Sadly not. They make a noise when hit. The music teacher at the local infant school was thrilled. They have moved house with us several times.
I have also sorted some post into shredding, recycling and RTS
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