I have always admired people who can run long distances and I have always loved the idea of running long distances but I have never actually done it….or honestly really wanted to…
Until now. I have decided, in my infinite wisdom to do a sponsored run. Now, most people start with a 5 or 10k and build up. One friend of mine who won’t mind me saying, is literally bonkers (got a Dr’s certificate and everything) has gone straight in there with the London Marathon. Now, I am stupid, but only half as stupid as I have just signed up to do a mere half marathon. Just a wee little 13.1 miles.
Why? I hear you audibly gasp. For a few reasons.
1. I love the romance of running, despite never having actually been able to make it past 3 miles
2. To give myself a challenge, a true challenge that is out of my comfort zone. I could have chosen to do a long distance walk, or climb the 3 Peaks but that’s a bit of a busman’s holiday for me. Of course it would be a mental and physical challenge but hill walking is something I have been doing since I was a child. Running however. Well, despite my social media announcements that I have ‘run’ here there and everywhere, I don’t run. I plod. To be brutally honest there are many people (including me) who walk faster than I ‘run’. So, the challenge is to actually make myself in to a bit more of a runner.
3. For my mental health. As an advocate of the outdoors and all the activities you can do to improve your well-being I thought I should really engage with this running lark. Take a look at this article on the GetOutside website on 20 Reasons to Love Running which tells you how running is not only good for you physically but mentally. It’s a real stress buster.
4. Finally, and most importantly, to raise money for, and awareness of the charity Mind.
Interestingly enough when chatting to Nigel Clifford, the Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey he told me that he too had run the Great North Run, for Mind. Well, there you go, what more reason do I need than that! Great ‘minds’ think alike (boom boom! – my Basil Brush moment there). I shall be messaging him for tips, never fear.
So, please follow me on this journey, I can guarantee you it will have its ups and down, there will be some amusing photographs of a very red faced and shattered me along the way but I hope, beyond hope that I do manage to raise sponsorship because Mind are amazing, and they deserve it. Lets work together to break the stigma of mental health and get people outside.
To sponsor me you can visit here: Eli’s Great North Run Fundraising Page – Please Donate!