I’m Rhiannon and this is my blog

Train, Pain & My Brain

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Blog update:

Below explains why I started my blog at the end of 2016 (I can’t be bothered to re-write it all!). While I’m 99% sure I’ll never run a marathon EVER again, I do plan to continue running to keep up my physical, as well as mental, fitness. Along with that, I also plan to keep up the blogging.

Throughout my training I had the most incredible response to my posts and I’d like to continue to share the ups and downs of having depression and anxiety and how my mental health is progressing to help to continue to break down the taboo of talking about mental health while also helping to shatter the stigma and stereotypes still attached to it. And most importantly, I want to continue to share my personal story to help others in the same position feel not so alone or scared and show that there is, to use a cliche, light at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks for reading and following Train, Pain & My Brain. Please feel free to share any comments you have with me here: Contact

Oh, and thank you to everyone who helped me not only run the 26.2 miles on Sunday 23rd April 2017 but raise £3,405.29 for Mental Health Foundation along the way. I truly am grateful for all the love and support… I still can’t quite believe it all happened.

 

About my blog and why I set it up in the first place…

TRAIN – because I’m running the London Marathon 2017  Eyes widen, heart beat quickens and nasty thoughts enter my head as I think about April 23rd…

PAIN – because I really can’t see how the next few months won’t be pain free  I’ll make sure I do my stretches and eat lots of protein, but time will tell…

MY BRAIN – because in 2014 I was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety  “Oh no – not another sob story” I hear you cry! There might be some tears along the way but a sob story I hope not…

This blog is largely for me and, actually, I think it will become me…

I love writing. Running, not so much. I have taken part in a 5k, a 10k and a half marathon before but that by no means equates to me being a runner. If anything, I’m continually disappointed in myself as I stop running after events and never progress. But maybe that’s because I don’t really enjoy running. When I *rarely* think back to the Bristol Half Marathon 2014, all I want to do is file it under “it never happened”.  And yet, I still feel compelled to take on such challenges. Why?! Maybe I just like to know my boundaries; I’ll certainly be testing them over the next few months with this little challenge. So that’s why I’m writing the blog, to make the running a little more enjoyable, bearable and achievable. I hope blogging about my progress (and, fingers crossed, not decline) will help me commit to the training. I hope my posts will help to normalise discussions about mental health and challenge the stereotypes and stigma that’s carried by words like ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’. And I hope that by writing and reflecting every few days, my own personal health – physical and mental – will improve along the way, too.

At times, I will be frank and candid with my experiences and, at times, they will be uncomfortable for me to write and, potentially, uncomfortable for you to read. But that’s part of the point, isn’t it?! You can’t tackle these kinds of things by skirting around issues, perceptions and experiences. So bear with me on days that I might be a bit low or days that have been rather tough. If anything, please be there with me on those days – push on through with reading that difficult blog.

I really hope this blog will help / motivate / inspire myself, others in a similar situation as well as those who have nothing to do with running or depression and anxiety. I hope it gives a slither of an idea of what it’s like , for me at least, to battle with depression and (hopefully) achieve small and big things at the same time.

And if all else fails, I’m looking to raise £1700 for a very worthwhile causeMental Health Foundation

So browse through my blogs, send some messages of encouragement and if you feel inclined to do so (which I hope you will) you can donate a few pennies/dollars/ euros here: London Marathon Virgin Money Giving

And, lastly, please remember this:

  • 1 in 4 people will have a mental health illness in any given year in the UK, with mixed depression and anxiety being the most common
  • Mental health problems are the largest burden of disease in the UK – 28% of the total burden
  • Mental health research receives only 5.5% (£115 million) of the total UK health research spending
  • In the UK, it’s estimated that mental health problems cost £70-100 billion a year

*stats from The Mental Health Foundation

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