10 Reasons Why Running Is Dangerous Bad For My Mental & Physical Health As A Beginner

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  1. Jo says:

    Oh Matt. You’re not a happy runner today are you? I think you need a bit of a talking to.

    Don’t beat yourself up about weight. From what I understand weight gain during marathon training is normal. I’ve gained a few pounds recently (not marathon training but still running regularly) yet several people lately have asked me if I’ve lost weight. My shape is changing – improving – and that’s what’s important to me, not what the scales say. That and the fact that I’m fitter than I’ve ever been in my life.

    Maybe it’s still a novelty for me but I’m proud of my black toenails. As a woman I wouldn’t have dreamed of wearing sandals in the summer without painting my toenails but I did my first HM a few weeks ago and now I’ve got some black toenails that I worked damned hard for and there’s NO WAY I’m hiding them. Be proud. These are battle scars to show off. You don’t need those toenails and I really don’t think you need to worry about any more important bits falling off. Though I do understand that with chafing problems you might wish that they would drop off.

    All runners have good runs and bad runs. You can’t get a PB every time. Sometimes a bad run is a one-off. Sometimes it’s a streak of bad runs (I’m having one of those at the moment). It’s easy to tell other people that bad runs happen to everyone but it’s harder to deal with them yourself. I was disgusted with myself after my run yesterday. It was terrible. I don’t think you could even call it a run. More of a hobbling shuffle. I felt miserable. So today I’ve been looking back on all I’ve achieved in the last couple of months. I completed my first half marathon. I got 3 5k PBs in a row, finally getting under 30 minutes for the first time ever. Then, though not a PB, I finished in under 30 minutes again the following week. I’ve been pushing myself hard and getting results. No wonder my legs have decided to take a break! If you push hard every time you’ll burn out and that’s what happened to me. But if that does happen, look at all the fantastic achievements that got you there and you’ll realise how amazing you are.

    So now I’m taking a week off to recover and repair. And I’m OK with that because I know that when I’ve done this in the past I’ve come back running even better than before. Rest is part of your training. It’s important. Don’t beat yourself up for taking a break and not running, especially after something big like a marathon, because that rest is making you a better runner. I was told recently that runners should take a week off every 3-4 months just to allow the body to repair. Seems like good advice to me.

    I’m not going to lecture you about nutrition because I’m sure you know that you could make healthier choices but they are your choices to make. Same with alcohol but I’ll confess that I’m a bit of an all or nothing person on that front too. I know when it’s sensible not to start drinking but after 2 or 3 drinks another 2 or 3 (or 4 or 5) seem like a really good idea.

    I’ve got involved in running communities. I go to parkrun every week and I volunteer regularly. I’ve made friends there. I’ve joined a running group and made friends there too. I live in a rural area so I didn’t get out much when going out means drinking as it costs about £40 for a taxi home. But now I’ve got a social life that revolves around running. And occasionally drinking 🙂

    And because my friends are mostly runners, if I’m injured or burned out or just feeling pissed off with it all, I can still talk to them about running, still be part of the running community and still feel like a runner even when I can’t run. When I’ve lost my running mojo I can borrow a little bit of everyone else’s until I get it back.

    You’re right about depression. Running can’t make your issues go away. But it can give you something else to focus on and when you stop focusing on whatever issues are causing your depression those issues suddenly seem much smaller and easier to deal with. Running also makes you awesome. So instead of thinking “I’m a worthless piece of shit because I’ve got all these issues” you can think “I’m a runner and I’m awesome and I’ve got some issues but nothing I can’t deal with, because I’m awesome” (that’s from my own personal experience)

    So Mr Angry Jogger. Pull yourself together. Stop being angry at yourself and go back to being angry at pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, old ladies, dogs and everyone else! 🙂

  2. Jilly says:

    Hi Matt

    you seem to have changed a setting which means your blog no longer appears in full in my reader, My husband and I both follow you, but neither of us like to have to click a link and open another page especially as my reader app downloads the blogs for me to read later and this means I only get the first sentence. If I’m not online I cannot open the link. You may prefer it this way – obviously your choice, but you will lose followers I suspect.

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