Mental illness and running

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21/05/2013 at 20:19

Hard lines about the job Bear. Fingers crossed it goes your way soon.  And great news on how well the improv is going. I'm very impressed.

I'm having my ups and downs, down at the minute cos I ran out of tablets on Saturday and only managed to pick up a prescription today. Felt quite tearful today and went to bed when I got home from work. Just woke up now, feeling a bit better but sort of "heady". I wonder if the tablets are kicking in again?

I've got 2 job interviews on Thursday! one at 11am and another at 3 pm, 12 miles apart so I'm going to be busy.  Work is pretty bad right now. They have said they will redeploy me only if I drop my tribunal claim. Thats a big fat NO. 

Solb - you are sounding pretty good. Well done and hope the relationship works for you.

Waves to everyone else, I'm meant to be meeting Mr Soup at Pizza Express so have to try and get myself together enough to head out. 

21/05/2013 at 20:23

Great going getting the interviews Soupy


...but a big bear grrrr at the redeployment thing. Sounds like you've got them worried

21/05/2013 at 20:39

Hard luck this time Bear.

Hi, Soupy - big hugs (((SD)))

Been a couple of weeks since I've been on the prozac so I'm keeping fingers crossed for some improvement.  I've been in fairly good spirits at the start of the week but haven't been feeling that well so it's been a struggle still - and once again tonight haven't made it to running.  Got another 10k coming up a week on Sunday.  Really wanted to be a bit better prepared for this one - but it doesn't look like happening as my next chance for a run isn't until Saturday.

21/05/2013 at 22:28

Sorry to hear you did not get the job, Bear.

Soupy, good luck for your interviews.

LR, better to be undertrained than overtrained and injured, well that is my theory, I will be run/walking my HM as I have only got to 6 miles, so its not looking like a fast time at all.

Bit stressed with work and FiL but keeping OK, got a good work colleague who can tell when I am getting stressed and she helps calm me down, only down side is that we do not work in the same office, but there again that may be why we get on.

21/05/2013 at 22:52

CJ - it's not so much training as getting out running regularly to, hopefully feel more comfortable and less panicky with it to ensure that getting to the start line is going to happen.  Regular training is something I can only dream of.


22/05/2013 at 21:57

CJ - apologies if that last comment seemed a bit snappy.  It was.  I'm having a bad week and on top of that am frustrated that I feel like I'm back where I was a couple of months ago finding it difficult to get out running at all and it's like I've just got to start all over yet again.  Don't know why I keep bothering.

22/05/2013 at 22:35

LR, don't worry about being snappy, I was on Monday. I have not been consistent with the running either.

I don't know why I keep trying to run, today was 2.4 miles in 31 minutes and yet again I had to walk. I believe that after over 25 years of running albeit always slowly that I have a habit.
I just want to be able to run 5k without having to walk or be so slow that a walker goes faster than me.

22/05/2013 at 22:41

Thanks, CJ.  I'm just making the most of some chill out time at the end of a tough day.  As ever could just do with more chill out time but hope for a better day tomorrow.

23/05/2013 at 17:17

Owwwwwww....I've twisted my back and can't move. Was looking forward to a good evening out too

Edited: 23/05/2013 at 17:26
24/05/2013 at 07:51

Awww sounds like you guys could do with a massive cuddle. 
It is horribly frustrating when you are fighting and fighting and it's just impossible to feel the rhythmn of a routine, I hate it too. I suspect though that the reason we all do it is because when it all just clicks into place and it works it is just incredible! 

I think we need some cheerful running stuff to remind us why we do it. My favourite ever run was the first time I accidentally ran up mud mountain in the torrential rain, I'd been feeling so dishearted and had been focussing on times and distances when really what I needed to do was let go of the anxiety and the pressure to succeed and just remember what it was in my heart and soul that makes me feel happy and free when I run. 

What about you guys? What's it like when it works? 

24/05/2013 at 07:52

How is your back now bear? 

24/05/2013 at 09:19

Ooh, SOLB, that's a real genius way to make me think positively about the running.  For me, when it works, it's just about making me feel OK.  Tommorow should be the next chance to get out - but I have the small matter of a beer festival today in Newark.  I really need to take it steady though so that I'm not unfit to turn out tomorrow.  Feeling a bit better for making it to the end of the week and a long weekend to come. 

Hope things are still good with you, SOLB.  I see those Facebook stalkers can check out your girlfriend now.  Wouldn't catch me doing that though.

By the way, I see your girlfrield's a vegan.  Excellent stuff.  Oops, blew it.


24/05/2013 at 15:25

Oooh can we stalk?


Back is quite a lot better thanks - which is good as I need to get supplies. I'm torn now as to whether to book an improv class for tomorrow - places are going fast but I don't want to book and then be in pain throughout.

24/05/2013 at 15:35

Ha ha haa what naughty friends I have! I believe there is opportunity to stalk, I didn't name her but she foolishly commented on my status leaving herself open to stalkers! I haven't facebook stalked her at all, surprisingly .. you guys can be my spies!!

 I was massively overwhelmed that I received over 80 'likes' for writing that I had a girlfriend, even though I didn't say anything about how lovely she is! 

I am obscenely tired though, we haven't exactly had much sleep in the last week or so   

I am off to see Dad and spotty though, a walk in the torrential rain doesn't seem as appealing as hiding under the duvet but alas! 

I'm really glad you are feeling a little better now that you've almost survived a tough week LR, you've done really well. To be fair it seems everyone has with interviews and running and general challenges ... I think we are all superstars and we all win cake as a reward! 

24/05/2013 at 15:48

I can't find the vegan bit


Yay we win cake

24/05/2013 at 16:53

Solb, that's because we all like seeing you happy.  Even if you don't give any details we know that you are happy from the way that you word your posts.

You deserve someone special.  Actualy, we all do.

24/05/2013 at 18:00

Hear hear


In the meantime I'm focusing on stuff that makes me happy - like improv!

26/05/2013 at 14:55

My back is still ouchy but a lot better.


How's everyone else?

27/05/2013 at 08:51

As I'm new to this forum I'd like to add how much running/training helps me through my difficult times. For me there's nothing like running outside whatever the weather, sometimes the worst weather is the best! for distracting me from my gloom.

Unfortunately I cant do that at the moment due to some sort of illness but I'm improving albeit too slowly. I've explained it in my thread about statin side effects.

Cant wait to get running again, I've managed a couple of spinning and body pump classes at the gym but it's no way the same!

27/05/2013 at 16:27

Not ignoring you, Bear.  Just catching my breath after a very enjoyable evening out at Birmingham Symphony Hall last night then off to York for an urban race this morning.  Very enjoyable and certainly helped me feel more positive - but tired out now not suprisingly.

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