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Reaping the benefits

My partner mentioned today that I've been in a noticeably better mood on my run days and since starting the programme in general. It was a really nice thing to hear as I've struggled for years with my mental health. So it looks like not only will I be reaching my goals and getting in shape in the coming months but being a happier person too :)

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Perfect! Sounds brilliant! :-)

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What a really brilliant result - well done!

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I hear you... and that's why I started this programme. I'm feeling sooo much better and find that if I'm not running, I'm reading about running, looking at running clothes, planning running routes, boring everyone about running... 😂

I'm really pleased it's benefitting you 😊

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This is great news! Well done and good luck for the next stage.

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That’s so good to hear. Keep enjoying your running 🏃

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Thanks everyone :)

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I also have mental issues & medical I have turned 57 I want to run but can't seem to find the energy to get off the couch

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hi scorpio. i understand. i've completed my three runs of week 1 but beneath all that are days i tried to go out but couldn't leave the bed/my house, and before even starting the programme weeks of finding the motivation to do it.

i and others have seen such a difference in my mood already though so i would really recommend giving it a go. i'm actually finding it really useful as a mechanism to deal with stress and all the other unpleasant unwanted parts of mental health issues :)

good luck x

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That’s a tough place to be. Unfortunately motivation and energy come after you’ve got off the couch not before. Can you start with just putting on your outdoor gear to get in the mindset? Then doing a short walk and building up. Get into a routine, focus on one day at a time and use the support here for motivation. I like the way you get to log each run on the app and see your progress recognised. But you’ll also recognise your achievement when your fitness increases.

In 10 years time, when you look back at this challenge you face, what kind of person do you want to say you were? And think how proud you’ll feel then if you start to take small steps now. Good luck and don’t listen to your mind when it comes up with all the reasons that you can’t/shouldn’t/won’t get moving. Let it chatter away whilst you’re taking action and doing the opposite of what it says.

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