I've only just noticed this thread also and I think this is great. Talking about it in the open and having people to talk about it too also really helps. I suffer with anxiety, depression and low confidence and I was taking tablets for it but decided I would try and do things to help myself. It has helped that my ex bf who didnt understand me who told me to pull myself together is not in my life anymore! I since took up running and found that it really does help with confidence and self esteem especially when uve just finished a race and u feel a sense of self worth. Recently I have been ill with flu so have not been able to run for over 2 weeks which has been frustrating and I can feel myself go down a path of negativity that I dont want to go down....but will hopefully be back on it next week! Anyway, im not ashamed to admit that I have good days and bad days in my mind and to be able to share these thoughts with like minded people will truly help! Thanks.
Oh yes, I have heard of the parkruns but haven't tried any out yet! It's a brilliant idea though as it's free (?) and can improve your times each week. I shall definitely look into what is around in my area, thank-you.
I know that I will just have to take the plunge and go for it! As I said I think I have emailed pretty much every running club in my area and then not had the guts to go so I shall just have to explain my fears! I know probably most people feel the same towards running groups and I'm not alone, it's all about doing it and having the confidence! When I've ran in races before I get a really good feeling because it feels like your running in a group so I know I will love it once I get over the initial scariness! Thanks guys I'm sure I will be finding one to join very soon!...
I don't know whether or not anyone else has ever had this problem but I would love to join a running/athletic club, I live in the Portsmouth area and there are loads of clubs I could join! I have emailed various (probably all) of the clubs in the area and all have sounded really inviting and friendly...though when it comes to the evening of when they have invited me to try out I get really nervous and begin to have doubts and never go. Which I know makes me seem very rude and not at all friendly but I just can't get past thinking - will I be behind? will the people like me? will they want a new member in their group? And various other thoughts and questions cross my mind. I know it's something that I just have to get over and take the plunge to attend the groups - I just find it extremely difficult! Not really sure how to get over this!