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Lost all confidence - how to start running again?

Posted: 27/09/2010 at 22:50

Thank you so much for all your replies. I really appreciate the variety of your responses - I needed the empathy of "I know how you feel" but I also need to be told to just get out there and do it.

After writing my post I went out on my bike and had a lovely couple of hours pedalling around Walthamstow Marshes (hidden gem nr Tottenham Hale). Managed to pull myself together whilst getting some fresh air! It was also a reminder that I haven't been bone idle - I've been cycling a fair bit since I lost my running mojo, and I really enjoy it. I'm not exactly a road-bike lycra demon, so it's not quite up there with running in the exercise efficiency league, but at least it's helped to keep me from fusing to the sofa.

I do think that moving to a new area will give me the jump-start I'm looking for. And I hear what you all say about how it'll click into place once I make the effort. I just need to keep telling myself that it doesn't make me a failure if I only run for 10 mins. Six years ago I would have been *ecstatic* to run for 10 minutes!!

When I started running, I went from cr@p to really-not-bad in quite a short time, and it was the most incredible feeling... so exciting and addictive. Maybe I've got the chance to experience that again? Anyway, I should embrace being a beginner again rather than fear it. (Easier said than done, but I will try!)

Whether I'm running 5 mins a week or 5 miles a day, I know I'll feel more confident once I'm back to my fighting weight. It has such a vast impact on the way I feel about myself and about life - I wish it weren't so, but it is, and when I gain a few pounds it becomes a vicious circle of laziness and self-loathing (pathetic I know). I'm so small that I have to be quite careful about what I eat or I balloon, and I just can't keep up that discipline all the time. Still, it ain't rocket science! I'm sure that by the new year I'll be back to my old self

Thank you again. You've really helped motivate me. Will let you know how things go.

Lost all confidence - how to start running again?

Posted: 27/09/2010 at 16:45

OK it's a bit tricky to write because I've got a cat curled up on my lap, but I'll give it a go!

Until 6 months ago I was a regular runner for about 5 years. I loved it - did a marathon and a couple of HMs, and ran for at least half an hour 4-5 days a week. I wasn't the fastest, but I was in great shape and felt really good about myself.

For some reason I fell out of the habit in early spring. I can even remember the turning point - I was down to run the Newham 10k in early March, but I couldn't drag myself out of bed. I just couldn't be bothered. It didn't hold any appeal for me any more.

Since then I've done a brief (5k-ish), reluctant run maybe five times. I've lost muscle but gained at least half a stone, which on my tiny frame (4'10") feels and looks like a lot.

Some days I wake up thinking "this is it, I'm going to run" - but when I put on my running kit, I look so unlike my old runner-self that I can't face going outside. I wobble and I hate it. I'm also so scared that if I do try to run, I'll struggle to keep going for more than 10 minutes. That would kill my confidence once and for all  

What's more, I've been eating more than ever, partly for comfort. So my lack of fitness is just getting worse and worse.

How did this happen? I'm disgusted with myself and wish that I could have the fit old me back.

I'm moving house soon, from East London to the south coast, and I hope that the change will kick me into touch. I have GOT to start running again and eating less. I don't know what's happened to me, and I'm scared that it's just going to continue.

OK that's all... I need to get out for a walk. Forgive my whiney self-indulgence. I hope that someone out there can relate. Thanks in anticipation!

Jane x

Getting fitness help from the RW forum

Posted: 15/07/2007 at 19:25
Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a woman aged between 35 and 50 to help me out with an article I'm writing about the most useful/friendly online forums.

The RW forum is, of course, toppermost, so...

All I'd need from you is a couple of answers to my questions about the advice you've got from fellow RW members - and a head-and-shoulders pic (it'll be printed very very small!)

My deadline is Monday - yep, tomorrow - so please drop me a note right away if you think you can help. Email me at jhoskyn@gmail.com

Thanks in anticipation!

Jane x

running clubs

Posted: 30/04/2007 at 15:33
Great question flo jo - I've often thought about this myself. After four years of running, including one marathon, five halves and countless 10Ks, I still haven't joined a club because I'm scared of being the most rubbish runner there.

Also, although I'd like to benefit from a club's coaching (how to improve performance etc), the reason I enjoy running is that it is a very solitary pleasure, with an "any place any time" convenience that doesn't really chime with the whole club thing. I'm prepared to stand corrected.

I'm featuring this question in Reader to Reader this week, because I think a lot of RW readers will relate to it. Looking forward to reading all the replies!



Injury management

Posted: 21/04/2007 at 21:51
Hey Swan Song I think that's a really interesting question - in fact Lyra pointed it out to me because she thought it'd make a good Reader to Reader question. So I'm going to flag it upin this week's article. Hopefully we'll drum up some varied responses.

Good luck, and'bye for now,


Getting back in shape after having a baby

Posted: 15/04/2007 at 18:25
Hi Tracy,


Yep the preg thread is fantastically helpful, and a really supportive community.

But since you asked quite a specific question about how to time your return to running, I though I'd feature it as this week's Reader to Reader question. It usually brings in a few replies by email as well, so hopefully we'll get a good range of tips and experiences.

'bye for now,

Jane x

Damn Blackflies

Posted: 15/04/2007 at 17:39
Those b@stard little black flies come into my eyes and hover around my computer while I work. They're doing it right now. I have to clap on them to kill them, but they're very good at nipping out of the way. I don't want to keep all the doors and windows shut, it's too nice having fresh air in the house.


What's your most embarrassing running moment

Posted: 15/04/2007 at 17:36
SUPERB thread!

Sinewaif I have to give you a cyber-hug for mentioning Dolly's original I Will Always Love You. It's on my MP3 player too and it's one of my all-time fave songs. It's so sad and sweet; just beautiful. How dare that Whitney woman turn it into an overwrought pile of warbly poo. Bah!

I can't listen to music when I'm running - the tunes go round in my head instead. I can frequently be spotted ambling around East London singing Shang-A-Lang out loud, with a massive grin plastered on my face. I guess I don't embarrass very easily...

Ladies - would you trade inches for income?

Posted: 15/04/2007 at 17:19
Face and wit/character are both infinitely more important than height or cash. If he's a miserable minger I don't care how loaded he is.

Sexiest man I've ever known in my life is about 5'5". I decided that he was perfect for me because I'm so little, but he was waaaaay too popular with the ladies for me to get a look-in. He was gorgeous and just oozed confidence, intelligence, charisma and sex appeal. *sigh*

Who has "met" a celebrity whilst out running?

Posted: 09/04/2007 at 08:01
Never seen a sleb during an event, oddly enough. Except for that tool from The Salon, who was on starter-gun duty at the London Pride 10K in Brockwell Park a couple of years back.

On "normal" runs I've spotted Richard Curtis (Wanstead Park, wearing a Barbour and walking a big posh dog) and, er, that's about it.

Ran "with" Paula for a RW work thingy last year, but couldn't keep up. She was four months pregnant and practically walking. Gah.
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