Well done on getting out on your run on a miserable day !
I have Bipolar and I find exercise makes such a difference in helping my moods and mindset. Although saying that before being on stable medication I used to bin off running for months if I was depressed, go into unfit mode and smoke and drink solidly. Then I'd switch to healthy mode and run miles and miles obsessively if I was 'high'. Now I'm at a happy balance and trying to keep motivated to get out and about every day even if it's just a walk and exercise makes such a difference to mood So keep up the good work, you're not alone
My second run this year after being lazy and not running since early December - doh!! I take the dog running with me - aren't border Collies great pace setters Managed a 5k, but feeling a bit breathless and unfit compared to how I was before being idle. I'm hoping it shouldn't take too long to get my fitness back being a 'youngen'. Lovely weather this morning though, nice and sunny and no slippery icy bits at 10am. I feel like I met about 50 tractors in the country lanes though which provided a good excuse to rest :P
I smoked from the age of 15, stopped at 21 and then started it again last November (grrr) and ditched it last Thursday. (I'm 24). I feel so much better in myself for giving up and starting running again has completely stopped any cravings. I don't even think about smoking now I started smoking when I was younger to be rebellious and then ended up not shaking the habit. More fool me because it completely ruined my fitness for a few years! So I would say it 100% affects running, but saying that my friend smokes a lot and manages to regularly go off on 12 mile runs that he makes look like a walk in the park. I think he may just be a freak of nature though lol
I've definitely got the running bug back now - addicted! Decided to go on the treadmill at the gym for a "quick" run on Saturday and ended up on there for 45 minutes without stopping. I felt great afterwards, but did look like I had jumped in a swimming pool. I'm off there again tonight for more of the same. I'm enjoying mixing runs between outdoors and the treadmill. Hope everyone is having a good day