Mental illness and running

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

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26/03/2013 at 20:59

Yes, it's just a case of I need to get there and get round and I'm sure I will.  I do still have a few more opportunities to get out running between now and then so will see if I can manage it.  The next difficulty will probably that I've got a visit to family looming at the weekend which will make it harder.  Anyway will just have to take that as it comes.

26/03/2013 at 21:51
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26/03/2013 at 22:07

Thanks, by 'eck.  I obviously feel down at a time like this but will just have to pick myself up again.

30/03/2013 at 12:23

Quiet this weekend. Hope everyone is okay. 

I did a bike ride to the place of the job I've applied for yesterday just to make sure I could do it as the bus would take me 90mins! I biked it in 28 mins fine so fingers still crossed.  I ticked the box for a guaranteed interview on the grounds of disability so I should get one and it starts the process of without any secrets. It was a bit of a risk but I thought I'd be open and honest.  Closing date next Friday. 

Right off for a bike ride now. 

30/03/2013 at 21:59

Good luck with the interview then, Soupy.

Been a rather mixed week for me.  Certainly felt better at work as the week went on and had a succesful run with the running club on Thursday night.  I'd even go as far to say I felt better for it afterwards - which is the all important, but rarely achieved objective.  I did try to follow this up with joining the club on a rehearsal run for their 6 mile trail race.  Managed about the first mile but then I just couldn't keep running - well I could but if I did I would have passed out.  Anyway, forget about that and take the confidence booster from Thursday into next week.

How's everyone else doing?

31/03/2013 at 16:55

Hellloooo everyone. Good luck on the interview Soupy.


Also mixed week for me. Work going really well and enjoying it, but still very injured and walking is a struggle, and its driving me reall crazy. I'm stressing a lot about my weight and getting really body conscious and anxiety is kicking in a lot. Also have an exam coming up and the lack of running is meaning i am finding it hard to concentrate / have any confidence in myself whatsoever. Hoping it'll improve though...

31/03/2013 at 17:00

I so understand the lack of confdence thing RWTW.  Having a really bad time of it at the moment too

31/03/2013 at 22:19

Want to talk SC? Don't bottle it all up. You are so helpful to others, don't be scared to take help for yourself. 


31/03/2013 at 22:29

Hi, RWTW.  Sorry to hear you're not up and running yet.  Hope work can take your mind off things as much as possible as it's really difficult when you can't run.

31/03/2013 at 22:53

yes sorry RWTW, didn't mean to ignore you there. Good luck on the exam and hope you manage to get running again soon. Its hard when exercise is our lifeline isn't it? 

Hugs to all in need. 

02/04/2013 at 11:48

Apolgies - I have not read all the replies, but I felt I should reply myself because of my recent issues.

I served in the Army (left in 1993). After almost 20years I have recently ben diagnosed with PTSD and just spent 6 weeks residential treatment at Combat Stress - because of a trauma from 1992.

I started running (road) again about a year ago and found that I would either go out and think of nothing but my trauma. This would often make me worse - pounding the road miles, often not even remembering where I had been. I then met a similar suffere who suggested trail running.

Because you are concentrating on the terrain and not 'falling over', I found this helped my mood massively.

I left Combat Stress 6 weeks ago and I am still seeing outreach people to check how I am getting on. All during my stay I exercised every day and with therapy, I maintain that exercise helps any mental illness - so do Therapists. Healthy body and mind....

02/04/2013 at 17:54

Hi Clive.  Good to hear you've found the trail running helping your mood.  I'd love to do more off road stuff but I find with my anxiety, uneven surfaces tend to make me feel worse so road running tends to work better.  I do still remain committed to doing more off road stuff whenever I can though. 

Things have been a bit quiter on here of late but do keep posting and let us know how you're getting on.

03/04/2013 at 22:58

Got an appointment for a phone consultation today - it's a week on Friday.  Just need to get some thoughts down on paper as to what I think I need to say.

Pretty rubbish day otherwise.

04/04/2013 at 07:00

Hi All,


Just thought I'd pop in and wish everyone well. Hope everyone's ok and taking it easy.


Peace and love,


04/04/2013 at 07:54

Hi Ben_o.  Good to hear from you.

I could just do with taking it easy but life goes on.

12/04/2013 at 12:40

Hi, how's things with everyone.

I've had some rough weeks lately but done a bit better this week.  Completed my 10k on Sunday successfully and ran all the way.  Successful week for running since then as my colleague from work is running with me again - and also managed a running club run last night. 

Was supposed to have a phone appointment today and took the day off for it but got a call to say it was cancelled due to the person being ill.  Has been rearranged for Tuesday at 17.00 so at least I can get off work early to do it.

12/04/2013 at 14:17

I hope you find the phone call beneficial LR.

I've been through a bad patch basically caused by all the changes in my life catching up with me, too any different stressors, and friends who have been having really bad times.  I'm coming out of it now but I will be a little unstable for a while, not helped by the nerves that have already started to kick in for my swim event in 14 days.

12/04/2013 at 19:30

Hiya. Hope the phone call happens on Tuesday LR. Frustrating to be cancelled I'm sure.

Glad you are picking up Caz

Stressful time for me at the mo. Had a meeting at work yesterday and was told I have to apply for jobs in open competition and that I'm not being considered for redeployment despite the recommendations of the greivance. Then said they will try and slot me in to a vacancy that might be confirmed in a couple of weeks if their solicitor can find a way round them doing that legally.

So this morning I constructively dismissed myself and said I'm working my notice under protest. They have now responded that I should reconsider because they are doing all they can to redeploy me (snottily written in solitor type language) so I'm stressed and confused.  So far I'm favouring sticking to my guns. 

12/04/2013 at 19:34

It does sound like you need to get out of there Soupy, as long as you can afford to take the risk of not having an income for a while, or are confident that you can find something else quickly.

I meant it when I said you can share a lift with me in May, and that we can do it on a budget.  I'm all for saving money at the moment

12/04/2013 at 19:43

Thanks Caz. I'll have to be back on Sunday though. I'll look at the map. A fun weekend will do me good and I've been looking forward to this for ages.  I'll catch up you at VLM.

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