Mental illness and running

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

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01/05/2013 at 13:12

just seen doctor today. another month of work. physically bones are nearly healed, mentally still rather messed up. will see first steps doctor for help with that. 

i am allowed to go on long walk with willing carer/ friend/ victim. 

no exercise which jerk head or raise blood pressure on brain.

walking, swimming and static bike. for next few weeks. 

hoping this helps get a grip on depression. 

i explained to the doctor that at first i needed help adjusting to being a mental prisoner in a broken body. now i need help with a broken mind in a nearly well body. 

luckily she knew what i was on about.

i am allowed to walk on my local fells again- which made me cry and set my wife off crying as well!

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/358091/gallery/home-eskdale-english-holiday-letting-owners-direct-1825230.jpg?width=350

 

01/05/2013 at 14:22

O wow the fells are stunning, broken mind in a nearly well body sounds really tough though! Hopefully walking with a victim will help you to feel a bit more positive - you poor little soul that really was a heck of an accident. It's not surprising you need some help after such a traumatic and wide reaching fall. Not being able to work and losing the routine and happy of sport all at once must have been really tough - it strikes me you've already done really well! Keep fighting! 

Ahhh Steady that's rubbish about FiL what are the upcoming events? Is it a case of not being able to get the sort of times you're used to or are you worried about completion?

Afternoon everyone by the way, I had big plans for today but I've just been asleep in a wiped out little heap - don't know why. I need to pop into town to go to the bank, am tempted to cycle in (about 16 miles round trip) but it's a bit of a stretch given how new I am to sporting again. I'd feel better and I can take breaks ... probably have a sore bum though! 

01/05/2013 at 14:57

Solb, I am doing a sprint tri and HIM, the HIM is pushing myself to the limits for endurance. I think its the feeling of being pulled in 2 different directions and wanting to support others all the time. I want to have some selfish me time and feeling guilty that I want me time.  I know all about sore bum from riding a bike, build up the time cycling steadily that way your bum gets used to it and it doesnot hurt so much.

S1, lovely phrase "broken mind in a nearly well body". The fells look inviting, good that you can go for a walk with someone, better than no walk at all. After falling and breaking 4 bones in my wrist, I lost confidence walking and the first few times only went out with company. Now happy to go off for up to an hour for a run. Also remember that Cracknell rowing chap that had a nasty accident, it took him time to fully recover and he ran London marathon this year.

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01/05/2013 at 17:50

Wow HIM is immense! Wow. Sprint and endurance both coming up must put pressure on you trainingwise. 

Poor little thing, it's tricky trying not to feel guilty about looking after yourself too.

Glad you managed to get your confidence back SteadyCJ  

The bike ride was scuppered by tree pollen and asthma colluding to make me a big teary wheezy mess I only got 15 minutes in before I realised it just wasn't do-able and my breathing wasn't settling. I think I need to do some work on working out when asthma is better - I ran in the evening the other day and it was fine 

01/05/2013 at 17:55

Solb, I know what you mean, I have just got back from a run and found my breathing hard work. I had to concentrate on breathing out for 3 steps then in for 3 steps, took little steps and that was a bit easier. I had heard that the hayfever season is going to be bad as all the plants are in blossom at once due to the weather.
If it is pollen related try a morning run, the pollen is less likely to be blowing about early in the day.

My plod was OK, having to walk often but only took very short breaks, wish I could get back into running for longer before walking.

01/05/2013 at 19:50

running as an Asthma sufferer must be a real gamble with all the pollen. did you watch that program yesterday about commuting to work through the city? a cyclist, train and bus were competing and the cyclist's mask was filthy. a girl from the country studying in the city was monitoring her mask results and the city air has all sorts in it. 

the cyclist just said his cycling makes him feel healthy now so stuff it, which made me chuckle. 

i walked as fast as i can on the dunes today for an hour, did 3 miles, and am so physically tired my poorly brain has no energy to squable with it's self with. making the effort to get rid of naughty energy is just what the doctor ordered me to do this morning and it has worked wonders. walk before you can rub never felt so good after 9 weeks of not even walking. you will get there if it means good things to you Steady. 

remember why you like running. e.g. ; my  reason, this is worth learning to run again for, up Scafell with both my boys on a school night last summer, priceless to me. 

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/358091/gallery/225927_10150301649332222_8347417_n.jpg?width=350

 Toughest lesson at the mo it realising sh1t happens and usually no fault of mine. 

01/05/2013 at 19:55

Yes, shit happens even to those who plan for every eventuality.

01/05/2013 at 23:57

No sh1tting in here *hands out loo roll and points in the direction of the portapotties*

02/05/2013 at 09:25

Morning campers

02/05/2013 at 12:35

I'm not sure what I make of this article

What not to say to someone with Mental Illness

02/05/2013 at 16:07

I quite like it

 

Bit down today as it was interview day for my most recent job applied for and I didn't get to interview stage.  On the other hand it does mean I can go full out for another job that sounds even more up my street.  Still loving my improv so apart from slight worries over money life's not too bad now.

 

Except I've either got a cold or hay fever which I don't usually get but I'm all snuffly

02/05/2013 at 16:59

that is an interestimg article.

i made myaelf buy new runnjng ahoes. well, my friend dragged me to the shop as she needed some trail shoes and told me to get some

02/05/2013 at 17:00

oooh new shooz

02/05/2013 at 17:32

SHOE PORN!!!!!!!!! 

02/05/2013 at 17:32

I am having a mega spring clean, carpets and furniture all shampooed ... looks so pretty I love it all clean and shiny  

02/05/2013 at 17:37

piccies please!!!

02/05/2013 at 17:38

That was to by 'eck!

 

Dear Solb, do you fancy doing my spring cleaning?

02/05/2013 at 18:37

Bear, you had hayfever last year and told me then that you never get it, lol

I'm unsure about that article too.  Once again I feel it is a case of trying to fit all mental illnesses into one category.  I think the correct response depends on the circumstances and severity of the illness.  When I was badly depressed, if someone had said some of the patronising comments that are listed as the 'right' response, I think it would have made me worse.

Whereas sometimes being told to buck your ideas up is the right response - not suggesting that it is a cure for depression, but it might be the right attitude to have towards one specific task that day.

 

02/05/2013 at 20:41

I would not expect a polite person to have standard responses to different types of physical disabilities or differences to the , dare I say- norm. So why the author feels the limited list is suitable for mental illness is beyond me and does not sell the article to me. 

For a quick example, my colleagues are asking me what work and situations I am comfortable with and trying to understand my abilty. a two way respect is needed for this to work, which I appreciate is a rare thing. I am still technically capable to fulfill my job role, my employer needs to know the new mental capability to deliver  my technical ability. and so do i, this only works with an honest approach by all parties. however this doesn't appear to be addressed by the article. 

02/05/2013 at 22:02

Evening. I've been playing tennis again this evening. And I had such a fantastic day yesterday on the Orient Express that I'm still buzzing.

I'm not sure abou that article either. A bit patronising I thought. The education needs to be that mental health is an illness in the same way that other health issues such asthma is. If people grasped that there wouldn't be inappropriate responses. You don't get an article on what not to say to someone with asthma. Can you imagine? - "you just need to get out in the fresh air" or "why can't you just breathe normally?"

Those fells look lovely. I used to love fell walking. 

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