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Newbie - CBT & running // Wk3

jennitricot
jennitricotGraduate

I’m Jenni, I completed Wk2R3 on Wed and am finding the programme good so far, (though if I’m honest I’m impatient to start some longer runs - that might change on Fri 😂). I have run in the {distant} past and I’ve decided to get back into it, particularly as a behaviour/habit that will help with my anxiety and depression. It seems to be helping so far! Feeling determined!

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Equi-geek
Equi-geekGraduate

Hi Jenni! Lots of us here are using running for the mental health aspects - I've been through CBT over the last winter for BED, anxiety and depression. Maybe when you ran before you experienced that living-in-the-moment feeling, or perhaps not. If not, I bet you'll be surprised how helpful the running is after the diagnosis - I was. I never understood running until doing this programme. I've not needed to meditate at all since starting. It's a lovely group here and I'm glad you've posted. Very good luck with the programme!

jennitricot
jennitricotGraduate
in reply to Equi-geek

It’s good to hear that! I’m not sure how I experienced running before, but I definitely feel like I’m experiencing it differently this time round. I’ve never approached it with such structure before, I’m enjoying it, and almost able to feel a little bit proud of myself for doing it. I hope the CBT helped you, I’m finding it more helpful than I presumed it would be. I don’t think I would have started C25K without it!

Equi-geek
Equi-geekGraduate
in reply to jennitricot

CBT definitely got me back into exercising and I wouldn’t be here on C25k either. I was also worried that I would self-sabotage because I knew how it works, but I just did the homework and reconnected with emotions I had been blocking out - initially to protect myself - and it got me through a difficult winter. I’m sure you’ll fall back in love with running again :) have fun!

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