I've just completed my first ever run.
My partner Doozer McDooze has just completed this app and I've watched and supported him every step of the way. He usually struggles with depression and anxiety this time of year and it has been a real pleasant surprise to see how much this app has helped lift his mood, his health and his energy levels.
A bit about me:
I was born with Rubella Syndrome which affected my heart and ears. I died twice - the second time I wasn't supposed to come back - but I did, which I am forever grateful for and always feeling like I'm cheating at life.
I had a heart murmur all through childhood and many many hospital visits which undoubtedly created some anxiety issues of my own.
However, I was quite sporty as a child and teen, I did cross country running, netball, judo and swimming. That all stopped when I discovered partying in my late teens and early twenties and I developed a really unhealthy lifestyle, almost like I was purposely pushing my luck.
Now I'm 31.
I'm an artist and live in a van with my partner Doozer McDooze who is a full time touring musician. We've got a great little life that comes with its own unique set of stresses and hurdles.
This year for us has been all about improvement. I'm meditating to manage my anxiety, and trying to eat healthier (I'm a sucker for junk food).
I've been quite down for the last week or so, and this morning I woke up, with the sun out and out of nowhere decided to run.
So that's what I've done.
I really enjoyed it.
When I got through the first 60 second run I thought to myself "F*ck this I'm going back running isn't for me"
But I persevered. I feel really chuffed to have completed it. I actually can't quite believe I went through with it. I'm looking forwards to completing more of this
I hope to get to know everyone here like my partner did and to feel the benefits of running as I know you lot have been such an enormous support and positive vessel for my partner and hopefully I can be a positive influence to others too.
Anyone else here with childhood health issues that have impacted or even prevented them from taking care of themselves like me?
Faaanks for reading this I promise I won't rant every time I'm here!
Birdy Rose x
Welcome aboard BirdyRose! Doozer has been a pleasure on here and I reckon you will be no different. First run is very often the hardest, well done for seeing it through!
Best advice I have is keep it slow, keep it fun, the fitness progress will come no matter what speed you run at!
Keep us posted with your progress.... You got this 👍
Thank you! I had to keep reminding myself to relax during the run and it's not a race!