I think to start talking about clinical depression is jumping the gun a bit. For SharmK to turn to an internet forum suggests a problem and a certain amount of desperation. The solution is, I suspect, not straightforward.
It could be a one day at a time situation, I certainly do not think the 'bin him and move on solution' espoused by Nick is the first solution.
I think that mental health is a complex issue, I am not even sure the experts think it is an exact science.
If I was you I would be turning to self help books, hopefully one will strike a chord with you and you can move on. I have read in many places that exercise has a similar effect on the body to certain anti-depressants so excercise could be part of the solution but is unlikely to bethe solution.
The solution may be a long hard road, but nothing worthwhile is easy; good luck.
You kind of hope they were having what they thought was harmless fun. It makes a mockery of the efforts to create equality of the sexes when women do not feel they can go out on their own to shop, run, walk home etc.
Whether or not it is safe is almost irrelevant if a person does not feel safe. The fear of crime being a major problem.
The question is, are you safer in a public place where there are more potential knob-heads around or where it is quiet and there are less knob-heads around?
I often hear people screaming in towns and cities and assume it is 'kids' playing. If I heard someone screaming on the moor I would definitely investigate.
Having to find a running partner or running in busy places just adds complexity.
I do not have a solution; but please try not to let these idiots stop you doing something you enjoy.
Nice to read that others have the same thoughts as me!
My main frustration is when I go for an easy ride during the afternoon as preparation for a hard run with the club later. Get the pace right and my legs fly.... but get into a 'silly' race and they are like lead.
But as soon as I hear the sound of a rider coming I am off; and then get a beating later
The other frustration is on my run to work when I have to share the track with Royal Marines in groups... you can taste the testosterone!
But the objective for me is to get to work ready for work! Not satisfied but knackered