Mental illness and running

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

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09/12/2012 at 10:00

Yes, the sleep fairy didn't get to me until about 5 in the morning but I'm up and about.  I feel I'm not being sensible in getting up though!  Does this mean I'm going to have to go for a run on my own?

09/12/2012 at 10:12

Morning all. Thanks for the cake Solb. 

Lovely to hear from you Mick, not seen much of you around lateley. Hows Phil? 

Sorry the sleep fairy has been slacking in sleep duties. Its one of the worst things and I used to dread going to bed. Would spend an hour nodding off then wake up at 3.30. Thankfully things a lot better now and I'd hate to go back to that. I've cut out caffeine apart from my first cup of tea in a morning, I've managed to acquire a taste for redbush tea that has sleep properties and I can reccommend a great book

say goodnight to insomnia

09/12/2012 at 10:16
Nope I definitely need to run, is it ok if I plod out in a few hours? I'll still do my bit honest

*groans and pulls the duvet over her head*
09/12/2012 at 10:21

All this talk about running........ I suppose I ought to get my kit ready and head out. I'll feel better afterwards. Thanks for the inspiration. 

09/12/2012 at 10:27

I think I'd better go sooner rather than later.  Just another round of toast needed first.  Then about another six excuses before I finally make it!  I will make it though.

09/12/2012 at 10:30
Ooo thanks for the book recommendation I'll have a look. I don't tend to read self help type books but useful tips on managing insomnia sound really helpful. Got to be worth a look, I get frustrated being given the same 4 or 5 over and over; warm bath, hot milky drinks, tightening then relaxing muscles etc. I'm sure they do work for some people but if someone is asking the question they've probably already tried and failed at a night time routine etc (overtired and grumpy? Me?)
09/12/2012 at 10:31
Running? It's 3 weeks since I've run anywhere properly. I want to run.
I want cake, and sleep and time and zzzzzz
09/12/2012 at 10:36

I normally avoid self help books too. I saw this one in a charity shop for 20p so it had to be worth a go and its the best 20p I've ever spent. Its based on propper research to not quirky.

Breakfast first, then a run with my husband. Soon.  Honest, soon. 

09/12/2012 at 10:38

Actually I was thinking of suggesting that the forum should be renamed to 'Mental illness and running and cake'.  I''ll have a run on your behalf today then By eck.

09/12/2012 at 10:46
I don't fight the insomnia when I'm overtired. I still go to bed, and then remind myself that I'm still doing my body and brain the world of good because I'm not overstimulating it.
It may take a while of just calming myself, focusing on making sure my eyes are pointing in the right direction ( if they roll across the other way I know I'm booting up the imagination/thinking part of my brain) but I do drop off.
Soupy, books round here are nearly always ??2 in charity shops.
LR, I gave Mr by eck 4 hours yesterday without the children so he could spend time st his garage so I might claim back an hour today
09/12/2012 at 12:02

Soup Dragon

hi, were fine thanks - Phil is a man now, life's a little different now - i just have to rebuild after my lung operation

i do hope u are ok - i cannot place who u are - but most know me, i dont know many

09/12/2012 at 12:03

This is a superb thread btw

09/12/2012 at 12:31

Mick - you've zoomed past me on many a half marathon with your easy easy easy chant. Not had chance to chat propper, you are too fast for me. 

09/12/2012 at 12:42

next time u shout me, we'll run side by side and chat

my pb days are over -  Consultants advise is to run and have fun, but forget pbs

Tewkesbury HM we clocked 1:43 one year -

Abingdon FM one year we clocked 4:03

we cannot complain, we've had fun, now its time to give a bit back and have fun and help and advise others

09/12/2012 at 12:50

Thanks for the link to the insomnia book, SD. When I have been depressed lack of sleep was probably the thing that most disrupted the day. I am not having to deal with it at the moment but I like to keep an eye out for useful tips so I cannot prevent things early.

Hope everyone else is well.


09/12/2012 at 13:38

Done the run - 32 minutes.  Better time of day to go than last week - car park much quieter.  Just as I was ready to go - a car went to pull into the car park causing me to flee into the woods.  Got me off to a good start as it turned out.  As previously, the ad's seem to be helping the legs more than the head at the moment so, although I was very nervous, the legs just did the work.  A positive step from last Sunday.

09/12/2012 at 13:49

Hi all,

I have no internet at the moment so am out of the loop!

Good to hear you're well micknphil.

SD, that insomnia book looks really good, I might get it for my girlfriend for christmas (Who said romance is dead?!).

I hope everyone's not getting too stressed about Christmas. I was first on scene at a horrific car crash the other day and it certainly put things in perspective. Though I don't think my new employers like my laidback attitude to punctuality!

Well done for the run LR.

Peace and love,

09/12/2012 at 16:38
5 miles thru the mud makes me happy
09/12/2012 at 17:23

09/12/2012 at 17:42

Well done, By Eck.

How about Soup Dragon and SOLB - can we make it four out of four - or is SOLB still hiding under the duvet?

Had my chat with my friend who thinks 'phase 1' is a good idea.  Just a question of putting it into words and the timing.  We have a social night on Thursday this week so I was thinking of after that as I think I would find that more difficult (i.e. too emotional) if I'd just sent the e-mail then.


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