Posted by: Jack Hope | Wednesday January 2, 2013

Running (Again) Against Depression

I said there was no turning back and I meant it.

It’s tough to get going again, there’s no denying that. But I am not giving up on this or on pursuing my running goals.

My recent ‘dropout,’ an episode of strong social withdrawal triggered by a new medication, may have disrupted and derailed my previous runs but it hasn’t removed that experience from my brain. Nor can I let it stop me from running again now.

So that’s what I am doing: running again to help manage my Depression.

The weather at the moment is a bit on the inclement side for running, lots of snow and ice everywhere on the ground. Fortunately, I have an old treadmill on hand.

It’s still in fine working shape, even if it lacks the latest bells and whistles. My use of it has actually inspired my Dad to consider taking up running on it. We’re currently negotiating a new location where we can both use it, rather than in my bedroom.

My sister continues to be very supportive of  my running as well. For Christmas she got me an exercise watch, complete with heart rate monitor. Still figuring out how it works.

This last week is the first time I’ve again been able to run my old training schedule.

I’m still working on rebuilding my speed and endurance. I’m still working on rebuilding the habit of running. There’s still a lot of work to do to prepare for April.

But there is no turning back now.



  1. Glad to hear that you are back on your running. Even if it is indoors. Must be a help that your Dad is interested too. You can motivate each other. Lots of luck to you in sticking with it. 🙂

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