@natruns: Running helps me as I had anorexia for years, and then I got really into running and it helped me to approach exercise as something to be enjoyed/to focus on what my body can do. Now, whenever I’m having a bad day, I just pop my trainers on and it always helps, so definitely a big tool in the MH kit, especially during Covid. I find it wild that I’ve been able to go through something as unsettling as Covid, and stay well, but I really think that’s because of my running! It’s not a magic bullet and with eating disorders you’ve got to be nearly weight restored first, but from that point onwards, I wouldn’t be without my sport now.
I have to say, I signed up to Twitter with a slight feeling of trepidation. You hear multiple horror stories about trolling and bad behaviour online, and it’s something to be wary of. Having said that, all I have ever felt from the running community on Twitter is support and enthusiasm. It has become an outlet where I can talk about all things running, which would normally bore people to tears! It is also a brilliant source of running knowledge, and as you can see from the above quotes there are some inspirational stories to be found on there, too. I’m now a fully-fledged Tweeter at @bethplodsalong, loving the online running community I have become a part of – if you need a bit of a push out of the door, Twitter is the place to get it!