Mental illness and running

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

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21/06/2013 at 21:13

Another DNS at the Summer Solstice run tonight.  Just couldn't face it straight after a week at work - so yet another race entry goes to waste.  The timing just wasn't good - but when I have to enter a race in advance I have no idea whether I'll feel up to doing it at the time or not.

21/06/2013 at 21:22

That is a shame LR, I know what you mean about having to enter so far in advance. Are there any that you can enter on the day so that would take the sting out of feeling bad if you DNS. Admittedly after my day at work I would not want to have run, but I did nip out first thing and did 2 miles jog/walk.


21/06/2013 at 21:40

Sorry to hear of your troubles this evening LR. Not much I can say really apart from being here. Don't beat yourself up about it (easy for me to say, I do exactly the same) - can you get out over the weekend, even if only for a jog? Have a good weekend anyway.


21/06/2013 at 21:41

That's one advantage with the orienteering in that, apart from the bigger events, I can just turn up when I feel like it and enter on the day - and I tend not to do many major events these days.  My guess is that road running is much more geared towards advance entries in some cases where a race is likely to reach it's entry limit and also for the tendency to have a goody bag / race momento so needing to know how many they need on the day.  I really think this is not really necessary for smaller events and it would be preferable if you could just roll up on the day to smaller races that are in no danger of being full. 

My next possible one is on July 14th with a closing date of July 7th so I have to decide in that time whether to go for it or not.

Hopefully will get out for a run with the orienteering group in the morning to help get the frustration out of my system.  In the meantime - a bottle of wine will have to do!

24/06/2013 at 17:27

How'd the weekend go LR? I timed at my local Parkrun, it was good to see the front runners coming towards me instead of flying off into the distance!! Beginning to come to terms with the depression causing my problems rather than my problems causing the depression - although they probably don't help.

Going for a short (2 miles or so) run later, the first since my op, we'll see how that goes

24/06/2013 at 22:13

I made it to the Saturday morning run OK.  Went OK so I'm glad I did it.  Only trouble is with it being first thing in the morning I didn't feel up to anything much for the rest of the day.  Felt much the same on Sunday.  I certainly needed a quiet weekend after a hectic time recently.  It is just frustrating that I seem to need the spare time I get for recovering from other pressures.

Still haven't made it to a Parkrun.  Will have to fit that in sometime.

Hope your run went OK, Grimfoot.

24/06/2013 at 22:45

Oh and got a run in tonight with my work colleague.  First time we've done that in a while.  About 30 minutes running.  Just right without tiring me out too much - and hopefully will help me get back to the running club tomorrow night.

25/06/2013 at 23:17

Made it out with the running club tonight and I would say it went a bit better than my last couple of runs with the club.  Quite a bit of off road again but it was only one particularly rough bit that had me walking for a minute or two. 

26/06/2013 at 08:51

Well done LR. I think it helps that the evenings are light so runs can be more off road. I went swimming for the first time in 2 weeks, ooh how I notice a lack of practice shows up in swimming but nowhere near as much if you skip a few runs.

02/07/2013 at 21:34

Getting twitchy now, after the run I mentioned earlier I had some discomfort and haven't been out since. It really isn't helping not being able to run, I can feel myself sinking back into the abyss and I can't see any way out at present. I tried walking at speed - the legs and lungs were fine - but had some discomfort at the op site. I suppose I'm trying to say that running is something that I know will help but I can't physically do it. I'm a bit concerned that I'm going to lapse back into virtual agoraphobia again if I don't get out soon

02/07/2013 at 22:40


I got out with the running club tonight but found it really hard going and had to pull out half way round - which fortunately wasn't too far away from the start point.  A shame as last week's run went OK.  I think the stress of last weekend plus today a large amount of time spent in a car with work colleagues left me in bad shape for it.

03/07/2013 at 19:54

Grimfoot -

Sorry to hear you're struggling but be patient with the hernia repair, I remember mine aching for sometime after and I'd hate to think of you doing any damage. Do you go to a gym at all? as I'm struggling to run at the moment I've started doing Pilates and something called Body Balance, it still means I get out, meet people and exercise and it's good for the flexibility, I'm finding years of Football and Running have taken their toll on my core!!

18/07/2013 at 07:47

Morning all

i'mmmm baaaaaaack

what't shaking?

19/07/2013 at 17:35

Went back to work on Monday, called to see the boss and told if I was off for any length of time again I'd be out - felt really supported. Next day told that I was going to have a lesson observation which didn't go too well. Yesterday, snapped my achilles tendon so I'm now in plaster. Mood isnt' too bad at present but that'll be due to the 60mg of codeine every 4 hours that I'm on for the pain. Despite that, I' ve had a few times in the last 24 hours when I've felt the walls closing in - just when I could do with a run. Lord alone knows when I'll get out again - if ever - but I'm not going to give in easily. Running is too important to me  for that, its the one thing that is almost guaranteed to make me feel better (outside my family) and having recaptured the good feelings at those times when I could go out, I don't want to face never having them again. The half marathon is already out of the question, Brighton next spring might be possible but I'm already half resigned to that not happening. I don't know who I've upset but enough already!!


19/07/2013 at 18:32


21/07/2013 at 18:39


can only imagine how you must feel!

This might not help but whenever I've felt like the world's against me I try and notice anything that goes well or is positive and look to better times ahead and take any bit of support or comfort that is offered. At least your op site will have time to heal properly, can you still stretch and keep your muscles flexible or excercise your upper body at all?

Never surrender!

Good luck mate



21/07/2013 at 23:36

Bings back!  How you doing Bricki? Good to hear frIom you.

I'm just catching up with things. Working full time now so not much internet time. But its going well so far. Will read back and be back later. 

Never surrender -thats a good positive phrase. 

23/07/2013 at 22:45

Just noticed there's been some updates here.  My e-mail notification has let me down again.

"Never surrender" - also a very good song by Saxon.

Bad news there, Grimfoot.  It's certainly a long road back but it'll be a case of one step at a time.

All sorts going on here at the moment.  No progress with getting further appointments, but at least I've got a holiday to look forward to next week.  I need it.

How's everyone else?

24/07/2013 at 18:58

Hi everyone I've only just noticed this thread. Popped back on here for some injury advice.

Can I join your support group?

ive had some issues with depression for a while now. Excaerbated by PND a couple of years ago but I am still struggling. I take velafaxine but have been on fluoxetine and citalopram prior to this. I've also done a course of counselling as I have a general anxiety disorder.

im struggling at the moment as I tore my calf 4w ago and can't run presently. It has been horrendous not running. 

Anyway - a question for you all:

If you can't run and you see someone else running, is it 'normal' to feel extreme rage towards them?! Or is that just me? Saw a runner this evening and now feel incredibly peed off  

Thx for reading and hope you're all going ok

24/07/2013 at 22:45

Soupy, good to hear the new job is OK.

Newmummy, I don't feel rage if I see a runner when I am injured just a pee'd off feeling; then I tell myself that soon I will be like them and running again, even if its not at the super speedy speed that they were doing. Can you walk or cycle at present as an alternative to running?



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