Mental illness and running

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

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06/01/2013 at 16:36

Afternoon. 6.5 miles in the bag.  

Sharon - I can relate to the feeling let down over times. If it helps, I now either run to time or leave my watch behind. Haven't used my garmin for running in ages. To run to time I go for half then turn round and run back again. I vary the route so I don't get obsessed about wanting to go further before I need to turn round. Today was a run round Bushy Park which I know is just over 6 miles so I didn't take a watch. Most of my training is endurance so I need to go a slow pace anyway, but I got so disheartened last year that I hardly ran at all and missed a few races that I'd entered. In fact I hardly did any swimming or cycling either so now I'm just pleased to be out there. Interestingly, my pace picked up as soon as the antidepressants kicked in. 

Have a good swim Caz, I will catch up on your blog soon. 

TR - I think you will find that we are all very different in how we manage our health, and the symptoms can vary a lot too. One thing we do all seem to have in common though is that running (or swimming) helps significantly.  

06/01/2013 at 17:14

Hi Caz, yes I swim, and bike and run. Well to be honest the run is more a begining again run/walk at the moment. I get injured easily so doing a little bit of 3 sports is better for me than just pounding the roads/trails plodding along.

06/01/2013 at 17:17

Well done, SD. 

I would agree that I think things are different for each of us on here so the following is just how it is for me.  Firstly, I would say I don't have a mental health nurse.  I have struggled with depression for a long time, but last year was my worse and I ended up on anti-depressants for the first time a couple of months ago.  I have said to my GP that I would prefer not to have to take things further if I can because I think it's important not to let my problems become known in the workplace.  I may have to re-think that if I cannot cope without further help.  As for the running, although you're trying to help, the training tip you gave is quite meaningless to me.  My 10k times during last year covered a range of 8 minutes and how I run when I'm out depends entirely on how I feel at the time.  In addition to that, it's often hard to know how I feel until I'm out there.  It ranges from - not feeling up to going out at all, going out and then not running, starting a run which then doesn't last long, going the intended distance but it's a struggle, having a good run where I usually run better the longer I've been out.  My plan for this year is to do a half marathon for the first time, but to do that I need to succeed in having a lot more runs that come into the last category.

06/01/2013 at 17:37

Hello LR, firstly thanks for the post. I give the information to reduce Physical Injuries it wasnt about the mind set if I am honest. 

That the first thing I have learned alreay, getting anti-depressants before seeing a Mental Nurse for advice. I wonder when I Mental Health then actually engages. 

I did the Newark Half Marathon a few years ago pacing a 2 Hour 30 mins for some one to get round. I was massively impressed with her, she showed determination, she never really did any proper training and her physical condition was not that of a runner. 

She was under a lot of emotional pressure really, so running was her coping and enjoyment really. 

A few years later she turn out to be a decent runner now. I know she thoroughly enjoys it. If she thinks back I feel she would say running kept her positive. 

I will always remember me admiring her determination on her runs. I know what she has shown me, as started me running. Which I am grateful for. 





06/01/2013 at 17:40

SCJ I am hoping to do a Tri this year, I am not really a Great Swimmer and I certainly will not be able to afford a real decent bike. But it is the experience of doing one. The open water will hurt me though I hate cold water but needs must as they say.

06/01/2013 at 18:38

Tri's are friendly and I did my first few races on an old second hand hybrid type of bike, I finished and enjoyed it so that was the best result I could have had. Cold water is horrible but you get used to it. I now hate swimming pools where the water is so warm its like bath water and people just stand at the shallow end talking.
LR I know what you mean about not wanting the workplace to know, in a previous job it was hard but I got through it.

06/01/2013 at 19:49

CJ, you are a girl after my own heart.  I love OW swimming and hate the pool, but at the moment I can only do 15-30 min outside so I'm being forced to do a lot of my training in the pool.

Talking of which, today the pool wasn't too bad.  A maximum of 4 people in the double lane at any one time, although there were a real mix of abilities from much faster than me, to a couple who I was lapping every 4th length.  Not quite sure what they were doing in the fast lane but hey ho.

So, I managed to do the full 7k and it didn't hurt as much as I expected

06/01/2013 at 19:54

I didn't realise you had lane swimming during the day.  It was the lane swimming that I used to had to wait until late in the evening for.  As I recall it started off as an hour and a half but eventually reduced to an hour.  Then the pool closed altogether. I moved onto other activities at that point.

06/01/2013 at 21:21

There are only three lanes.  Aqua takes up two lanes.  Swimming lessons take up one. While the swimming lessons are on, the parents often decide to have a swim.  So in other words, when there is anything else going on in the pool, my lane gets busy.

06/01/2013 at 22:18

I can see that could get overcrowded.  The important term there is 'my lane'.  I always had the 'what are all these other people doing in my lane' attitude.

Just Bear to report back in from our VRC runners today. How did it go, Bear?

Anyone on for a run tomorrow?  I'm going to try the nature park tomorrow.  Should be a bit quieter on a Monday to hopefully get me back on track.

06/01/2013 at 22:18
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06/01/2013 at 22:28

Sorry to hear it's not been a good day Bricki.  The New York trip really has caused more trouble than it's worth.  I think the important thing is that - if you are going for it- go for it and make sure you enjoy it.  I know you said you didn't want to talk to Mrs B but you have already said how supportive she is so I think it's worth trying to look to talk to her.  I do appreciate it's difficult though when thoughts are whirling around as to what you would even want to say. 

06/01/2013 at 23:57

solby reporting in, thanks for the hugs and the concern. Things are a little tough but I think they will improve. I do have a Community Psychiatric Nurse assigned to me - I've only known her about 4 months but I've had someone acting as a Key Worker for the last 8ish years. I'm working on the last of the OCD stuff and hoping to be discharged completely by June. I think the current blip is mostly paranoia so upping the anti psychotics may be the only solution. (I'm not hallucinating though - as far as I can tell)

So, so lovely to see some new faces (and the old ones of course) it's fab when the thread is lively

I may be quiet for another day or two but I promise I'm really OK, just having to work hard to stay afloat. I'm doing all the right stuff, focusing on eating properly, remembering to sleep and getting outside each day to stop the paranoia trapping me in the house. It feels like it might be easing a bit today but I don't wanna speak too soon. 

I've read back but promptly forgot all the things I wanted to say. I'll just leave you all with massive of care and hopefully check in again tomorrow

(VRC 2 miles planned tomorrow - thanks for the pace reassurance I was a bit saddened by my pace the other day even though I should just be thrilled to be back out there so it was a timely reminder for me that it doesn't matter so much)  

06/01/2013 at 23:59

Bricki I hope you don't mind, I've not read your blog today - you write so powerfully I thought it might be a bit too much. My thoughts are with you though 

I'm off to bed now (still no better with the midnight rule obviously) 

Night night xxxx 

07/01/2013 at 07:03


Stay positive SOLB - its just a blip that I'm sure you will work through. Hope you manage to run your 2 miles.

My first day back at work today and going in to my new job. I'm relieved not to be going back to a toxic environment but I'm a bit nervous.  Got a swimming lesson this evening that I'm looking forward to though. 

Hugs all round.


07/01/2013 at 07:37
Nervous is pretty natural, I loved the relief and happiness beaming from your post the other day when you told us how lovely the girls you'll be working with are. Will be sending you positive vibes, good luck x
07/01/2013 at 08:10
Hugs to soupy. You will rock!
07/01/2013 at 09:49
Hi folks. Never posted here before but frequently lurk with great interest, many of your stories I can really relate to. Just wanted to share with you a document, if it works, that I have found extremely helpful. I was given it at a rehab hospital where I was fortunate to stay before Christmas. Really hits a lot of nails on the head for me, and is a very informative way, I think, of explaining the crippling illness that is depression to friends, families and colleagues. Hope the link works!
07/01/2013 at 09:52
07/01/2013 at 09:52
That's better!
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