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Brilliant Brainy, well done.
I'm sorry, don't take it the wrong way, but I loved "got into cardiac difficulties"
Good luck at the doctor's.
It is considered impolite by some in the forum to use the r word so you are supposed to put r*n or r*nning.
There used to be a guide to new forumites, but I can not find it now.
Never thought I would have anything to do with mental issues until I had a postnatal depression twice, after two out of four births, never recognised them as this while I had them, I just thought I was not coping. The last time was the worst, I actually thought I was going mad, panic attacks, anxiety, totally illogical fears. Gosh, it was the dark time in my life then. I totally understand. I did not have the release of running then, food was the comfort for me then.
You are doing great, don't give up!
These times are well and truly over now, that baby is now 3.5 years old and I moved on but think about these times with real fright. That has also prompted my decision not have to any more children, take one step at a time and you'll be all right. All the best.
SOLB, I had cardiac problems last year / this year, resolved now, but my advice if you have a leaky valve that is not repaired, running isn't going to help. It puts too much strain on your cardiac system, so if exercise is important, then you'd be better doing a less energetic form of exercise - ie walking until your heart valve is repaired / medicated etc. IMHO (and I have experience of MHI too) you would be better to be able to do something (ie walking or run / walk) but continue to do it than to struggle (with running) and have to give up.
In my experience, routines help, so you could look at a run / walk programme that would give you fixed days and goals for exercise, a continuous programme of exercise plus helping you maintain fitness all of which would probably also contribute to improved MH.