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Old 8th Jan 17, 01:52 PM
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Reintroducing myself...Back to running after quite a few years...

I found this forum looking for advice on training someone but that relationship kind of just fell apart, but as a result of at least giving it a try, I'm back to running (just got a new heart rate monitor a few days ago and am training again).

I'm a 42 year old male with depression, living in London. I used to run for endurance in the past (quite a few years ago now) but now am looking to run just for general fitness and to lift my mood. Not looking to break any records, just want to maintain a pace that'll keep me healthy.

I'm starting from scratch with the "Beginners, A Basic Guide to Starting Out" thread in the beginners forum to start slow and re-learn things properly.
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Old 8th Jan 17, 03:08 PM
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Welcome back to running! 😀
I find exercise a great help with my mental health, hopefully it will be for you too

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Old 8th Jan 17, 03:13 PM
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Welcome! Sorry to hear about the relationship, but at least it has a silver lining as it has brought you back to running! It can indeed be great for mental health, I know it's helped me through some darker patches.
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Old 8th Jan 17, 05:27 PM
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Thanks, I'm sure it'll help. It felt really good today...I feel like I'm taking back control of my health; and it should give my life the structure I think it's been needing for a while.

I'm going to follow the newbie routine for the moment and look at diversifying a little more further on.

But yeah...it's shame that training partnership couldn't work out but I guess it's just one of those things. :/
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Old 8th Jan 17, 11:21 PM
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Hey RunningOnTheSpot!

Depression can really affect us...
Feel free to PM me about it any time!
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Old 9th Jan 17, 10:47 AM
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Hey RunningOnTheSpot!

Depression can really affect us...
Feel free to PM me about it any time!
Thanks, that's really good of you, I really appreciate it, but it's okay I'm a member of on online support group for it.
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Old 11th Jan 17, 11:17 AM
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I'm an anxiety sufferer, suicide survivor, and suffer from generalised personality disorder, so I feel your pain haha!

Running is great for mental health because it releases endorphins into the brain, but moreover it gives you a way to get tension and anger out of your body, and work through thoughts in your mind (or better still, just 'be', and think nothing at all!)

Perhaps not having a training partner is actually a better way of doing things. You're not stressing about having to meet someone at a certain place/time, and you don't feel let down if said person cancels last minute. No pressure when it's just you.

Good luck. We've all got your back.

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Old 12th Jan 17, 04:25 PM
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I'm an anxiety sufferer, suicide survivor, and suffer from generalised personality disorder, so I feel your pain haha!

Running is great for mental health because it releases endorphins into the brain, but moreover it gives you a way to get tension and anger out of your body, and work through thoughts in your mind (or better still, just 'be', and think nothing at all!)

Perhaps not having a training partner is actually a better way of doing things. You're not stressing about having to meet someone at a certain place/time, and you don't feel let down if said person cancels last minute. No pressure when it's just you.

Good luck. We've all got your back.

Scott
Thanks. I really do need to work it into my routine, because I know how good it is for me. I just had a bit of a down-turn and spent four days sleeping...I'm not sure if that's because I overdid it or if it was psychosomatic (maybe a little of both), but I think I'm beginning to feel better again.
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Old 12th Jan 17, 06:57 PM
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Running makes you tired. I almost always fall asleep after hard sessions, races and sometimes long runs.
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Old 13th Jan 17, 09:04 AM
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I always make sure to get up, showered, dressed, and completely ready for the day even if I have nowhere to be to combat this 'I feel tired, I should stay in bed' syndrome. If you don't, it ends up eating away days, weeks, even in one case three months, of my life.

I always find running energises me, not makes me tired. That being said, you are using your energy resources when you run, so perhaps you will feel a little drained. Four days sleeping isn't overdoing the running, it's more than that.

Take care of yourself, eat well, continue to train a sensible amount, and make sure you have a shower & get dressed even when you don't want to. Don't sit around and watch TV either if you're at home and not working. You'll only feel tired/lazy/down in mood. Do something practical like cleaning out some of your kitchen cupboards, or digging over the garden borders or whatever.

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Old 20th Jan 17, 12:17 AM
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Thanks guys. I think I just need start slow and see how it goes.

Been sleeping a lot but hoping to get out for another run tomorrow.

I think I've just had a lot on my mind to think through.

But yeah, I'm 42 and been wrestling with this stuff for as long as I can remember. The harder I try and push myself the worse it gets...so hoping to just start things really easy and go from there.
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Old 20th Jan 17, 07:05 AM
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Running has been my way of getting that time to work things trough in my mind whether it be that I have my headphones in and listen to some heavy metal and just aggressively pound out the problems by covering the miles at race pace or whether it be with the headphones out on a longer slower run just taking on the world in silence, thinking.

The point being that you can't keep going to sleep and ignoring the problems. You know, because you've struggled with this for a long time, that sitting on your ass is making things worse. So stop being a pansy, get your ass up, showered, dressed, and out. It doesn't have to be on a run but get out of the house, on foot, right away.
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Old 20th Jan 17, 12:48 PM
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Running has been my way of getting that time to work things trough in my mind whether it be that I have my headphones in and listen to some heavy metal and just aggressively pound out the problems by covering the miles at race pace or whether it be with the headphones out on a longer slower run just taking on the world in silence, thinking.

The point being that you can't keep going to sleep and ignoring the problems. You know, because you've struggled with this for a long time, that sitting on your ass is making things worse. So stop being a pansy, get your ass up, showered, dressed, and out. It doesn't have to be on a run but get out of the house, on foot, right away.
I'm slightly narcoleptic and have low energy levels. I don't seem to gain any energy or stamina outside of the exercise. I can run consistently and the only thing close to a high energy day I get is when I take an unscheduled day off.

I study mindfulness and meditate. I find it really helps.

If you have a lot of negative self-talk or a very negative or anxiety provoking thought-stream just learning to meditate and concentrate on the breath can bring you out of it into the moment. It's basically about staying in awareness of the current moment rather than letting your thoughts take you away from it. It might seem like your thoughts are what you're escaping but really if you can step out of them and remain with your attention watching the breath or focusing on a mantra that's the real way of stepping out of that thought stream and remaining in the now.

It really does help, especially if you understand the underlying science.

Psychotherapy helped me a lot too. I went from someone who had to use affirmations to displace my negative thoughts to being able to lay down and empty my mind and be at peace.

The mindfulness really helped me to be in the moment and to be with people. But the more clarity and the more peace you achieve for yourself the crazier everyone else seems so that's a bit of a downside but a worthwhile one (i.e. Better to free yourself from the rat-race than learn to be a better participant.)

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Old 20th Jan 17, 12:50 PM
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Mindfulness is a really great tool for anxiety, amongst many other things, I absolutely agree.
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