No. 29 – Successfully Go Running

Oh yes; it happened!

Ok, so why should running be such a big thing?

People with ME/CFS react to different things in different ways. That’s one of the reasons people often find us lazy or think that we’re faking, because what one of us can’t do, another one can. I got to the stage where my body couldn’t handle running. I tried, I really did. However, the pressure it put on my nervous system was too much and as soon as the adrenaline kicked in, it would result in me having a panic attack at the side of the road. As you’ll imagine, this is far from fun.

For this reason, I haven’t run since October 2011, when it just got too much and I stopped, but vowed to get to the stage where I could start again. After discovering a great new martial art called Systema, which is designed to calm the nervous system in stressful situations, I was given some great breathing techniques to try, and as a consequence, today I ran 0.8 miles in about 20 minutes. Proof is provided with a magical little app what is claiming to be my coach through this process, although I’ll keep updating this entry with new times and increasing distances as I make progress in the future.

You don’t really want to see a photo of a puffed out sweaty me, so instead here is a link provided from my app of all the morbid exercise details:

https://www.runtastic.com/en/users/kim-seviour/sport-sessions/244116081

Until next time peeps 🙂

Love ‘n’ hugs,

Elkie xxx

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