therese - i think you should go in.
when i was in hospital then i couldn't stop exercising as a way to self-destruct.
after i was admitted i used to climb out of the laundry window so i could go running, and then when they found out about that i would still take every chance i could to exercise & burn calories.
it wasn't making me a better runner - actually i did long-term damage to joints & organs which still means i can't run so well now. on an inadequate calorie intake then exercise actually causes you to loose muscle as your body 'eats' your muscles for fuel. the heart's a muscle - you are risking serious permanent damage to that too, as well as osteoporosis (brittle bones, leading to repeated fractures). none of these things will help your running.
please go in to hospital. the longer you leave it, the worse the damage gets - both physically, and it makes your thinking patterns harder to change.
when you get out of hospital and get well, then you can start running again, and your fitness will come back up.
i did my first marathon three years after leaving hospital, but to be able to do that and enjoy it then i had to be able to take care of myself properly again.
, who i knew when i was in hospital, has recovered & is now at the World Class Potential programme in Twickenham.
But to run you do need to be fuelling yourself properly, otherwise you are just destroying your body, not building fitness.
Posted: 15/02/2006 at 18:46