I suffered badly with Post Natal depression and anxiety after the birth of my son six years ago and although I recovered from the depression, I never shook off my anxiety which is sometimes a daily battle. I was afraid that people would laugh at this out of breath, overweight woman trying to keep up with everyone else but how wrong I was! I was fully supported by all the ladies especially Kim . I felt ridiculous at first but started off running for 2 minutes,walking for 2 minutes and over the weeks built it up slowly. I was overwhelmed by all the support I got from the ladies in the group plus all my friends & family who encouraged me every step of the way.
I ran my first 5km without stopping in October which I would never have imagined a few months earlier. I then stopped running due to holidays but I was determined that 2017 was going to be a good year and I would commit to running each week. I signed up for my first Great North Run which I'll run in September and I felt amazing, Before I knew it in March I had completed my first 10km. I felt so so proud of myself and felt the best I had in years confidence wise. All I wanted to do was keep running and achieving all these goals. I was making loads of new friends/ losing weight and my anxiety was kept at bay.
In April I ran 11 miles the furthest distance to date and my confidence was through the roof. Unfortunately it wasn't to last as I injured my leg running too far to soon and without proper running shoes . I thought I'd rest for a week or so and I'd be back out there but was devastated that it ended up being about 6 weeks. I saw everyone elses achievements and felt so down and my anxiety returned.
I have just recently returned to running (with new trainers) and I'm finding it hard as I feel like I'm starting again I am keeping my positive head on though and I am determined that by September I'll be ready and confident to face my biggest achievement yet.
Kim and the ladies from TGCR have helped me in so many ways and they'll never understand how they've helped me manage my anxiety for the better! TGCR has changed my life thank you so much Kim Scott!