I wanted a place where we could get advice and support.
she_of_little_brain wrote (see)
thanks, turned out to be a leaking valve in my heart i've lost my enthusiasm for running. having a really hard time lately. i just can't get my rhythm back ... would you book another race? if so what would make most sense? I'm not fast enough for 5k, I thought maybe 10k but again speed (or lack thereof) might be an issue, should I just go for a half? not sure when I should be booking for either - I want to get some drive back but I don't want to push myself over the edge by adding so much pressure I can't cope either .... wish I wasn't quite so mad at the moment, not eating properly is going to wreck my running too ..... sigh....(insert tantrum here)
It is considered impolite by some in the forum to use the r word so you are supposed to put r*n or r*nning.
There used to be a guide to new forumites, but I can not find it now.
I'm not fast enough for 5k
I've seen some very slow 5k runners - and they still get encouraged and enjoy the event as much as the fast lot.
The main thing is that you seem incredibly passionate - and that's half the battle.
I wish you all the best, you seem a fighting spirit.
Never thought I would have anything to do with mental issues until I had a postnatal depression twice, after two out of four births, never recognised them as this while I had them, I just thought I was not coping. The last time was the worst, I actually thought I was going mad, panic attacks, anxiety, totally illogical fears. Gosh, it was the dark time in my life then. I totally understand. I did not have the release of running then, food was the comfort for me then.
You are doing great, don't give up!
These times are well and truly over now, that baby is now 3.5 years old and I moved on but think about these times with real fright. That has also prompted my decision not have to any more children, take one step at a time and you'll be all right. All the best.
SOLB, I had cardiac problems last year / this year, resolved now, but my advice if you have a leaky valve that is not repaired, running isn't going to help. It puts too much strain on your cardiac system, so if exercise is important, then you'd be better doing a less energetic form of exercise - ie walking until your heart valve is repaired / medicated etc. IMHO (and I have experience of MHI too) you would be better to be able to do something (ie walking or run / walk) but continue to do it than to struggle (with running) and have to give up.
In my experience, routines help, so you could look at a run / walk programme that would give you fixed days and goals for exercise, a continuous programme of exercise plus helping you maintain fitness all of which would probably also contribute to improved MH.
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