Mental illness and running

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

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31/01/2013 at 21:45
How did you deal with it rwtw?
01/02/2013 at 12:54

Oooh!  research job has come up with one of my favourite uni lecturers - seriously tempted to apply, just feeling a bit wibbly about taking on a full time job at the moment

01/02/2013 at 18:40

It's a big step to take Bear but would be great for you if you could get it.  How long is since you were working full time?

01/02/2013 at 19:08


Bear - thats a tough decision. No harm in applying so long as you don't get too let down if it doesn't go well. Good luck whatever you decide.

Another good day for me. Had my hair cut (twirls) and feeling quite energetic. I do believe I'm well and truly on the road to recovery. 

01/02/2013 at 19:17

Yay, great news there Soupy.  I had a 'wrong end of Friday' morning followed by a better afternoon. 

I pretty much finished off my old pair of trail running shoes on the night orienteering event on the Common last night.  I have never encounted it so waterlogged and muddy.  Made it rather hard going.

01/02/2013 at 19:30
I had lunch with a friend. It was soup and a slice of cake washed down with pots of lovely tea. Company was good, I didn't cry and I ate nearly everything and didn't feel too bad afterwards.
Soupy, that sounds good.
Bear why not see about applying on a job share basis
LR, how was night time orienteering? I am quite good at finding my way across a boggy field in the dark. I've never tried orienteering tho.
01/02/2013 at 19:56

Well done by 'eck. 


01/02/2013 at 22:05

Good effort there, by 'eck.

The night orienteering is on areas that I'm very familiar with so I don't find it too difficult - navigation wise anyway.  Dragging myself over muddy ground is another matter.  I really could do with a better head torch though as a couple of times I ran straight past a control without seeing it.  I would say it does require a good level of skill with a compass as accuracy is all the more important in the dark.

Off out with friends tomorrow.  Another beer trip to Nottingham this time.  It's not like me to do that 2 weeks running but it's just how it fell.  Diet starts next week - again!

02/02/2013 at 01:08

Thanks peeps!


It's about fifteen months since I last worked full time. I know the peep I'd be working with from uni and I've heloed out with her research before. We get on great but in some ways that's a worry as she's more likely to ask about my time in my recent job and I don't want to have to lie

02/02/2013 at 09:02

You don't have to lie Bear. Its perfectly acceptable to say you had long term health problems which are now resolved and you want this new post to be a positive new start that you feel well enough to do.  You don't have to say any more than that and your honesty and openess may well go in your favour. I'd say go for it, it sounds ideal for you. You could always ask for a build up in hours as a reasonable adjustment under the Equality Act but I'd wait until you are offered the job before going in to those so sorts of discussions unless they specifically ask at interview, which I doubt. If you are the right person for the job they should accommodate you and you are starting off with nothin to hide. . On the application form, it may ask if you consider yourself disabled and I would tick yes. Mental health is covered under the Act. 

02/02/2013 at 12:24

Had a bad day yesterday and a sleepless night generally worrying about ridiculous scenarios that will probably never happen. I eventually got out for a run this morning and feel so much better for doing it.

Anyone else getting out there today?

02/02/2013 at 14:46

Well done on the run ct. I dusted the cobwebs off "Damien the scarey road bike" and done an 18 mile ride. 

02/02/2013 at 17:52

Nice one. Think I might try hooking up with a local tri club for a bike ride tomorrow. I've not joined them before but reckon I might give it a go.

03/02/2013 at 18:33

Hi. How is everyone?

Been a bit of difficult weekend for me.  I finally just about seem to be getting going now.  Could do with a weekend to recover from my weekend.  Was supposed to be at an orienteering event this morning.  As I had a later start time than everyone else I was going to make my own way there rather than share transport.  Not suprisingly that became a no show - but it was definitely the right thing to do.  I wouldn't have enjoyed it today. 

03/02/2013 at 19:07
6 miles tonight. Stopped because batteries died in my torch, I didn't have any water and I started getting blisters. It was going really well tho
03/02/2013 at 19:17

Six miles sounds pretty good - but it certainly is a shame to have to stop when things are going so well.  I had the same problem at the night orienteering.  I didn't have time to recharge my batteries (in either sense of the term!) and my light was starting to fade towards the end.  At least got myself orgainsed for this week with batteries already in the charger now.

03/02/2013 at 19:34
Mr by eck was meant to have changed them the other week.
But I will run tomorrow. My torch works really well.
03/02/2013 at 21:09

Had an amazing birthday weekend with the bf. Finally found someone who completely understands me and accepts me and all my problems...yet typically has to be long distance. Such a pain.

Hope everyone is well. By'eck well done on the eating. You asked how I dealt with it...well, it was slightly forced on me by my mum, and I hated seeing what effect me not eatining was having on her. But it took a long long time. I also went travelling for a while which helped so much and just got me out of the environment I was in. Change really helped me which probably really isn't an easy solution! But it's all about small steps. I think once you realise just what effect its having not on just yoruself but on those you love.....that's when it hits home. And having people to talk to openly and honestly also helps hugely. 

03/02/2013 at 22:18

I've had a phone call with a very special person today.  I'm so proud of her

Otherwise it has been a mixed weekend.  I've had fun and laughter with swimming buddies, but I also had a near death experience in the car that has affected me greatly.  I was literally inches from hitting a stationary car at over 60mph on a very crowded motorway.  I honestly don't now how I avoided it and how I am still alive and unscathed.

03/02/2013 at 22:28
Sending huge hugs caz, that must have been so scary. Remember not to do too much alcohol or caffeine. (it messes up your emotional responses)

I slept with the door closed last night.
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