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Mental well-being

Just a very quick post. Today, I had to see my GP about something very mundane. She asked me how I was. I said “Very well, thank you!“ She looked surprised and said that she didn’t hear that very often, and what could she do for me (after a brief moment of picking herself up from the floor). I told her why I was there, but also said that I had nearly completed C25K. She was really surprised (again - I really was a lazy lump in the past) and congratulated me, and asked how I felt about it. I told her that I had managed to wean myself completely off antidepressants (which I had been on for most of my adult life), and felt more alive. I told her that my running buddy had told me only yesterday, that I was much more confident than I was eight weeks ago. Again, she congratulated me and was very impressed in the change that had happened in a few weeks.

When I got home, I realised that I was smiling. I was actually feeling happy, truly happy, deep in myself. There was nothing happening to cause it, I was just happy. I honestly don’t remember the last time I had felt like that. Probably many decades - possibly dating back to childhood.

I know that my current mental state has been brought about by running. Pure and simple. I know it sounds corny, but I believe it to be true. ❤️

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Now I am smiling with you 😁 what a great post. 🙌🏻

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Glad I made you smile! 😊

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Fantastic and inspiring post. There is something miraculous about this running business, for sure.

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Thank you, Stephen, there really is. It’s not just the endorphins that float around immediately after a run, either. I think the brain seems to re-calibrate itself back to factory settings. 😁

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Agree totally. It gives you a sense of peace and wellbeing that lasts long after the initial “high”. Probably this is why we all get so hooked on it.

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I’d rather be hooked on this than booze or drugs! 😁

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A lot cheaper too...

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I dunno... the shoes are a bit pricey! 🤣

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What an amazing journey you are having thanks for sharing, we did week 3 run 1 yesterday and i felt really happy all evening and energetic too, did laundry and played music and just felt good to be alive and consider it was only day 2 of back to work after illness for five weeks was a great feeling i love running and love hearing about your journey too

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Thank you! To be honest, I just can’t keep quiet about it! 😁So glad you are enjoying it too! 😊

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Reading other people’s posts is so inspiring

this first week back at work it an eye opener after lolling on the sofa for weeks

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I love reading people’s success stories. It’s helped me so much.

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Me too

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I can feel your smile from here. I am so inspired by your message and it shows that running has so many other benefits and I am glad it has brought you a happinessx

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Thank you! How’s the sciatica? Any improvement?

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thanks for asking....it is getting there. Been able to get up to 3 mile walks now. Still feel it tight when I get up from sitting but I can stretch it out. I think I over did the tennis ball pressure yesterday though as I now have a lovely bruise trigger point, but maybe that is a good thing as hopefully it is breaking up that elastic band feelingx

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How wonderful it was to read this post and understand what an achievement it is that you feel this way. C25k works a special sort of magic, and somehow it releases something inside of us that is hiding just under the surface, waiting to shine through. Your running buddy noticed it before you.... It is a very special moment when you recognise this for yourself. ☺️ Xx

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Thank you. I told the GP that a new person had emerged from within! 😀

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That’s really fantastic to hear! Just think how graduating is going to make you feel!!

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I can’t wait! 😃

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You are absolutely correct , the happier mood that stays and the overall feeling of being positive is brought on by running , I also believe so . Long may it continue 😊😊

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Long live running! 🎉🎉🎉

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What an inspiring post. ❤️❤️

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Thank you. I had to share my news. 😊

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Congratulations on consigning those meds to the bin... that’s a massive victory right there... and you’re about to close this out for another. Enjoy the new happier healthier you... you did all the hard work.

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Thank you! But all of you on here are part of my success too! Hang on, I haven’t graduated yet! Cart before horse, and all that! 🤣

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Most graduates I talk to draw inspiration from all the new runners working through the plan too... we’re a pretty formidable team!

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Oh yes! 💪🤨

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Not corny...Brilliant and inspiring!!!

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Thank you! 😁

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Not corny at all. I agree 100%. It changes you on the outside and the inside too.

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And you should know! Just read your profile! 🙌🙌🙌

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Yes, it’s made a massive positive change to my life, physically and maybe more importantly mentally.

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Love it! ❤️ Great post. 😃

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Thank you! 😁

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Phenomenal work from you got you to where you are, nurture that glow within to keep you going through grey times.👏🌠🤗

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Thank you! 😊

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Well done, how fantastic. 😀

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Thank you!

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Great post as always MG. Really glad that this has helped wean you off anti depressants, that is a huge win.

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Thank you! I feel so much lighter in spirit. 😊

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Yeayayayaya!!! Win... win.... great to surprise folk with your awesome running :)

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Her face was a picture! 😂

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Aw such a wonderful post MG! I'm so pleased for you that it's brought about such a positive change. And it sounds like you made the doctor's day too!

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Thank you! We laughed so much during the consultation, people probably wondered what was going on! 🤣

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Let them wonder!

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Personally never suffered with mental illness but after taking up running it still lifted me in general

Rather than binge eating or going from work directly to the pub etc I now strap on my shoes and go running, it’s good for mind and body and if you are short on time sprints work well you can still get enough work out in 20 mins with sprint work if a long run isn’t possible

Keep up the awesome work and keep smiling and influencing other to try running as a medicine

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Thank you! 😊

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What a lovely post. Completely agree, running is good for the mind as well as the body.

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Thank you!

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Well done muddledgardener! It’s definitely a confidence and mood booster! And as i tell everyone ‘if i can do it anyone can’! I’m even contemplating a treadmill fir the long dark winter months as we live in the middle of a field and my husband is forward thinking for me (he suggested treadmill) as he can see how much I’m enjoying c25k! Park runs are my next plan - think they will be addictive too - don’t know if you’ve tried but meeting like minded people will also be fun for you. Well done you!!

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Thank you! Park runs are on the agenda, don’t worry!

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Wow! That’s great well done! I too am enjoying both the physical and mental benefits of running. Everyone notices the weight loss (which is encouraging) but not everyone recognises the change in mental health. Keep up the great work running takes both physical and mental strength (I’m slowly realising that it’s actually more about the mental strength)

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Thank you! You need determination to start, but it’s self-generating after that.

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Well done you, keep smiling

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Thank you!

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Great post well done.

I understand Parkrun have been partnering with some local GP surgeries to try to encourage people to take up running. Maybe yours could be encouraged to look into that after your success!

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Thank you! What an interesting idea.

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What a beautiful post! If ever there was a better reason to start running I can’t think of one. Wonderful MG! 😍

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Thank you! 😊

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This is the reason why I started running as well. I wasn't on medication but I felt something was off with my mental health. It works, it s not corny. Regular activity makes you a happier person and I hope this post inspires those in a similar situation. I wish my brother could see this. Keep it up. 5k is just the start. You re awesome.

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Thank you! So are you, 🎓!

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That is such great news - well done ❤️

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Thank you!

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Wow that is so fantastic. Running is amazing . I grin like a Cheshire Cat when I’m running . So glad you are off the meds . Be proud of yourself you deserve it . Fantastic 🏃‍♀️💃👍

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Thank you!

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That’s great really pleased to hear. I find running really therapeutic and lifts the spirits.

Long may it keep helping you all the best!

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Thank you! Keep on running!

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What a wonderful post to read. Made me happy too - for you and for all of us that have been given this gift to lift our spirits. The program does so much more than it says on the tin and this forum is the most supportive and happy place. Wishing you many more years of running and continued happiness Well done you Muddledgardener 😊🏃🏻‍♀️🙄💐

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Thank you so much!

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Dear muddledgardener how apt your post is to me!!! I too went to the doctor yesterday I am a recovering alcoholic and was nine years sober on the 6th June. Months ago I decided to come off escitalopram really a lot after 9 years and am now 5 weeks off it. A week ago I crashed and have been in an awful withdrawal but went to doctor who told me what I wanted to hear I can do this. Told her about my running. Never run before and I'm 62 and run week 9 3 times a week plus a running club and working out she said all that is brilliant and may be run more! I just don't want to give in so I'm off running again now to chase my anxiety away. Thank you for your postxxx

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Oh Suegrace, well done for persevering. What a wonderful achievement! My brother died from alcoholism, so I know how destructive it is. You are so strong and a survivor. Keep on keeping on, especially with the wonderful running. Xx

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Oh I'm so so sorry Muddledgardener it is a killer disease that dosnt stop when the drink is put down is hard. I'm one of the lucky ones who wanted out of the madness. Found recovery and running ! Well done you. Where are you from I'm in kentxxx

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Brilliant , and long may it continue!!👌✌

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Thank you! 😊

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Well done you ! 😀 I'm hooked now. Managed 23 miles in a week...injured myself lol but better now

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Wow! That’s amazing! 🙌

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Missed the coming off antidepressants bit. Big wow! It's all about the natural high. Well done keep it up. Stretch stretch and stretch again especially hip flexors and calves. Soon you'll not be out of breath at 5k and will want to do more. Also 10 % rule!

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I’ll remember! 😊

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Almost shed a tear there.. wonderful to read! Posts like these keep a lot of us going when the going gets tough. Thank you and never ever lose that smile again 😃

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Aw, thank you so much! 😁

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What a wonderful uplifting post, you have made my day x

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Thank you, Rubygrace! 😊

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What a lovely post! Keep smiling 🙂 - that made me smile too! Happy running 🙂

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Thank you! 😊

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Well you don't sound very muddled to me. I feel really happy for me.

In January I had complete melt down having taken myself (really stupid I know) of my antidepressants because I had been really well for years.

My GP was so supportive and understanding buttoldmei would have to take them again for life.

To try and help myself recover my daughter, who is a psychiatric nurse and runs marathons, suggested I try C25k. She even gave me running gear.

My first week of the programme was tough but I immediately started to feel a wee bit better. Every week after that just got better and better.

The day of the London Marathon I ran my first 5k in 43mins.(my daughter did the 10k in 56min) I felt so proud of myself, my self asteem which was nonexcistant in January went through the roof.

I had to report back to my GP last week. When I told her how well I was she was so delighted.

On Sunday I am running another 5k in East Lothian. My daughter paid for it and bought me new running 🏃 gear for my 69th birthday.

My next challenge is to run a 10k for my 70th next year.

I am just off to run 5k now. I do try to do 3 a week.

I wish you good mental and physical health. 😉

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Wow! You are awesome! You have set the bar high! 🙌🙌🙌

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I meant I am happy for You.

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I know! 😁

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Wonderful & inspiring

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Thank you!

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You are amazing. Made me smile 😁

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Aw, thank you!

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That is so wonderful to read. So happy for you 😊 I have been going through some not brilliant times the last few weeks and have taken up running again and things are slowly getting better and better and I believe thats because I am slowly getting better and better. Its not just coincidence. Lets keep it up! X

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Thank you! Keep on running! 😁

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What a lovely outcome from your hard work, congratulations.

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Thank you!

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If you believe it to be true MG, then it is true! You have given us a fabulous post here, it genuinely made me well up! Keep running,stay well and keep posting - you know we’re all with you!

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Oh thank you! You just made me well up! 😂

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That's so positive, I am truly happy for you. You made me smile too!

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Thank you! 😊

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*Blub*... but good blub!!! How amazing... well done you!! X

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🤣 Thank you!

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Bloody marvellous 👍🏃🏾‍♀️😊

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Thank you so much!

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What a lovely post to read, thanks for sharing and well done its a great achievement. Go you! This running is highly addictive and effective.

I've been suffering some work stress and running is definitely helping me.

Keep enjoying and keep ☺ xx

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Thank you! Running is definitely the best medicine!

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Great, inspirational post. I wish I could say the same. I was feeling great while doing C25K but since graduating it has gone downhill. I’m struggling to run for 30 minutes, am finding it hard and not enjoying it. When will I ever feel that runners high? I’m just not feeling it. I’m miserable, work and life are getting me down,

and running isn’t helping like I thought it would.

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I’m sorry to hear this 🤗 x Maybe try your Dr/Nurse? Failing that try a herbal remedy or something (even for a short time until you can see the Dr?) I’m really not sure what to advise otherwise - sorry! 🤞🏻things will improve for you, but rather than not go out running at all, maybe walk instead? It’ll still give you some me time away from it all and/or try some meditation? Hope things will improve 🤗🤗 x

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Thank you. I’m going to keep up the running, I just want to feel that runners high and enjoy it again. Sleep and water are needed, too!

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I’m so sorry to hear this. Maybe go back to using the programme to get yourself going again. Have you thought about finding a park run that you could join? Lots of people say what fun they are, and that they meet lots of nice people. Also, try setting yourself a goal. That should help the motivation a bit. I’m still a novice, so maybe ask the admins for help? @Oldfloss is one of them. ❤️

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I think I’ll use the programme again - that’s good advice. I really enjoyed it and felt motivated. Thank you

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That's a shame Malaymum. Are you able to relax and switch off when you run. I love that I get a chance to get away from it all and play my music. Maybe try a different time of day to run or a slightly shorter distance until you feel comfortable.

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Thank you, yes, I play my music. I did really enjoy it. I feel like I’ve lost my way a bit and need to get going again.

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We all have off times, it’s when they last for a few weeks that it could be getting out of hand - especially if you can’t put your finger on the reason x Always come on over to the forum for help, advice, a rant or share your successes - someone will always try and help! No one needs to feel alone 🤗 x

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Hi Malaymum,

Could you perhaps join a running club so that you could run with like minded people - being with others and having a regular ‘date’ might give you back your mojo? Good luck!

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If it real for you then its Real!

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It is! 😊

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Absolutely brilliant MuddledGardener - you have just raised the bar and invited more people to join your Mental well being (me included).

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Thank you! It would be lovely for us all to be much happier! 😁

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Wow. Just Wow.... so happy for your happiness... GREAT post. xxxx Big hug.

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Thank you so much! 😊 xx

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Spot on. People ask me why I started running. I say to get fit. But I now keep running, only 50% to keep fit, the other 50% is my mental health- it's a great way to get out of the house and relax my mind and free myself of worries.

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Spot on, Nigel!

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That post has made me happy!

I'm so pleased for you!

You are doing so well and are nearly at the finish line now! Keep going Muddled, we are all cheering you on!

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Thank you, Lindsey-joy! 😁

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Fantastic. So nice to hear about the positive effects of running. I know just what you mean😜😃

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Thank you!

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How lovely 😊

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Thank you!

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This post makes me very happy 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

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That’s good enough for me! 😁

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That is so fantastic. Well done you!

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Thank you!

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Wow fantastic! I feel so happy for you. Remember this feeling and this moment. If life ever throws you a curve ball you will know how to overcome it now. Well done! You've achieved this all by yourself.

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Thank you so much!

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So happy to read that and so happy that you are happy :-)

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Thank you!

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WTG!! So pleased for you! 🤗 x

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Thank you!

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😘😘😘 . Great post, and thank you for sharing your joy.🤗

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Thank you! It would be selfish to keep the good news to myself! 😁

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I’m so delighted to hear this positivity in your view of life. Isn’t it amazing how nine weeks can change one’s life?

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Thank you! It is indeed!

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Thank you MuddledGardener for your inspirational post and I personally relate to coming off all antidepressants slowly and feeling normal and happier with this new running lark and long, long may it continue 😁👍☀️

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Good for you! 😊

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Have just literally started my C25k “journey” and joined this forum, and what you say isn’t corny at all. Only done R1 & R2 of W1 so far but amazed at the buzz and extra cognitive energy you get from it!

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Magic, isn’t it? 😁

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Fantastic post. I hope that I can throw mine away soon 😀

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Yay! Just do it gradually. 😊

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I believe you 100% even 1000%. I totally agree. Always, always if I am upset or struggling mentally I always went for a run until my mental state is better. So you are right and keep it up and I am so happy for you that you have found the right medicine RUNNING.

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Thank you! 😊

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its so so true....i think its the best reward for all the effort we put in....well worth it

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You are absolutely right! I am really glad to hear how good you are feeling. I was diagnosed with cancer last year, so have been through a really dark time: waiting for diagnosis, surgery, waiting for results, radiotherapy, tests, and now the terrifying freedom of checkups. I was always a couch potato, but from the day I got referred for further tests I found it was hard to sit still, and started going for long walks. No matter how terrified I felt, the anxiety always became a bit more manageable after exerting myself like that. Recently the events of last year all caught up, and my GP wanted to prescribe antidepressants. I wasn't keen, so instead I started Couch to 5K. It's been an amazing journey so far (currently on a rest day after W6R1) and I cannot believe the change in my mood. I feel less anxious, less stressed, and more confident than I have in years. I completely agree with everything you've written.

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Well done on coming through the other side. You must have had a horrible time. Good luck in your running journey. Xx

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Hope your running journey goes well and best wishes 🤗 x

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thats brilliant, its a good to know that you have this to try again if you feel down at a future time, we all faulter occassionally, or often !! but well done to you .

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really pleased for you MuddledGardener🙌😊

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Thank you! 😊

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What a lovely post, like most, I am smiling with/for you.

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Thank you! Well done for all your success!

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Amazing. Long may it continue. Well done- it’s you that made the difference.

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Thank you, but you lot have helped no end! 😊

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Lovely to read this. You are steaming ahead with your journey and are clearly in total control!.... it also sounds like your doctor is helpful too! You got some really positive affirmation there!

I hope running continues to bring you a sense of well being, but if you do have difficult days please do us the huge honour of sharing your thoughts with us. This is a really supportive group who will be there for you - good days and bad!!!!

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Thank you. I have posted a couple of difficult runs, and got some helpful advice and encouragement. 😁

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Thankyou for this inspirational post. I'm 61 and not a sentimental person but I did well up when I read you post. Fantastic. The journey will continue post graduation. Just going out a couple of times a week is fantastic. Onwards and upwards!

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Thank you, John. This is only the start of my running career! 😀

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Snap. 100% running saved me x

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Love this. Running has transformed my life. Best anti- depressant available, fresh air and regular exercise.

Well done 👊

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What a lovely post and oh, so true for many of us. Running has helped me through many difficult dark times. I am not on meds myself (although have thought perhaps I should be) since running has helped me clear the mind and work through the struggles. I am feeling the darkness closing in again so have taken a few days off work and have a plan to spend a few days at the lake in my favourite place, taking time for running and just making time for myself (selfish perhaps, but so needed). Thank you for sharing your amazing story!

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Not selfish at all!! Sometimes you need time out for yourself otherwise you can’t be there for others or do what you need to do - hope you feel better after your little break! 🤗 x

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I really hope you can find some peace at the lake. You are not selfish at all. I agree with Bluepup1. Take care. Xx

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I hope the running and water helps you. The hint of the darkness is the first sign I have to run more and find my solitude. Not selfish. Needed. X

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Well I'm sitting here sobbing MuddledGardener - at the positivity of your post and this amazing forum. It must be the most positive and supportive place on the worldwide web! Well done to you, and to everyone on this running journey. It isn't always easy and I certainly don't love every run I do, but it is definitely worth persevering because, as you show, it is life-changing. Happy running everyone!

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Thank you so much! Happy running to you, too! 😁

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I'm sure everyone has said it all already, but your post is very inspirational. Running has been very important for my mental health over the last 18 months, and has staved off several black dogs. So very well done to you for making such fundamental changes with your running. You will find it gets better and better, despite the days when you feel you didn't run very well, etc. The key is that you are running! Very best wishes and I'll be looking out for your graduation post and those that follow. 👏👏👏👍😀

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Thank you so much! I had a dreadful run today! 😂

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Yes but it was a run! 🤣🤣👍

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Good news, congratulations for gaining mental and physical fitness. I agree that activity of physical exercise and walking and running that employs the whole body and everything in it makes a healthy and intelligent life, active life is intelligent life, and I think that the very meaning of life is being active physically

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Very profound!

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Hi, thanks for sharing. I feel the same. More remarkably, my little brother smashed couch25K four months ago and now regularly runs up to 10K in very hilly area (Mossley). I agree 100% with your experience. Long may it continue

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Wow! You’re both doing SO well! 🙌🙌🙌

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Amazing! I felt the same in week 2 so much happier 😃😃good luck

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Thank you! 😊

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Interesting post! Thank you.

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