Recognizing the signs

So this past week didn’t go so well.  I haven’t been feeling completely myself.  I’ve been feeling lazy, tired, and have had no motivation.  I didn’t run from Saturday to Saturday.  And on top of that, I didn’t exactly eat very healthily either.  Then on Friday and Saturday it started to hit me.  This is how I feel before I start feeling my depression kick in. I don’t like feeling that way. What’s even worse is that I have absolutely no reason to be depressed with where I am in my life, which, actually, makes me feel even worse and incredibly guilty.  I’ve struggled with it in the past and know it’s something that I can get through; I just need to put the appropriate steps into place.

  1. I am not allowed to skip workouts. The movement and endorphins are important to my emotional state.
  2. I need to refocus on eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.  When I start feeling down, my eating habits also go down on the nutrition scale. Not good.
  3. I am not allowed to just sit at home on the couch every day. I need to make plans with friends and/or family and stick to those plans.  Positive interaction with people I love helps me.

Luckily, since this isn’t my first time feeling this way, I’m able to catch it early and start working to put some interventions in place that I know work for me before it gets bad.

On a more positive note, I signed up for a race this Friday night (May 6th).  The Killer Kudzu 5K:

The description says that it is a challenging course.  So between that and missing a week of running, I don’t have any strong time goals.  I think I just need to focus on having a good time.

Well and maybe being trying to be “better than myself.”  Or maybe my goal will just be to stay ahead of monster with the stitched-up face (maybe I could consider him a symbolic being for my depression; then I could beat two monsters at once!). Either way, wish me luck!

Any other runners out there struggle with depression? What steps do you take to overcome it?

Have you ever run a race with a scary looking monster as the mascot?

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