So I ran today. I ran outdoors for the first time in about 20 years. I ran slowly but surely...and I survived! I have to admit I'm not a natural runner and any onlookers could be forgiven for assuming that the tears running down my cheeks were from pain as opposed to the pollen count. And yet I managed just over 4k on my first ever go and I feel pretty chuffed with myself right now.
My target is a 10k run in Bristol on 21st October called 'She Runs the Night'. If you haven't already heard of it it's worth checking out the link. As the name suggests it is run at night and is a global event offering 'to help women all over the planet become stronger together'. Putting the physical struggle aside, I am genuinely looking forward to completing this with some of my oldest and closest firends. Whether I actually manage to run the whole way or not isn't really the point for me. I already use excercise to maintain my own self care both mentally and physically, so completing something like this is more about the experience and feeling of accomplishment than anything else.
Add to that we have collectively chosen to fundraise for 'Mind', an amazing charity who are committed to providing mental health support to anyone and everyone. Any extra support or advertising for such an amazing charity has to be worthwhile and may even come some way to destigmatising mental health issues in a wider snese.
I understand that most of you reading this will have dontaed to many friends and family and you may be forgiven for not wanting to shell out for 'another charity run'. However, if you or someone you know has experienced mental ill-health, I'm asking that you consider supporting such worthwhile cause and just find that little extra cash.
You can find our fundraising page at ** (see below note)
**sadly a week after writing this we found out that the event 'she runs the night' was in fact fraudulent! I won't give up though and will continue training for another 10k next Spring. Watch this space!