If it ain’t raining, it aint training! ...shocking selfie under the eaves in front of the garage to prove it! 20 minute easy #sexypace run this morning in the rain just to turn the legs over ahead of the #campbelltownjoggers Handicap final on Sunday.
It’s been a while between running events for me lately but this one is very important to me.
Run Brave is an initiative to help those living with mental illness to manage their symptoms as well as reducing the stigma by bringing awareness and talking about it.
This is close to my heart... Founder of the initiative, Kate Butterfield, also knows this struggle all too well. As an ex police officer, Kate lives with PTSD. Running has quite literally saved her life and she wants to get the word out there how something as simple as running can impact on our lives in a positive way.
I am going to hopefully be running Brave on 4 November in the virtual run and want you all to join me. If I’m not running I will be walking Brave.
Simply head to www.runbrave.com.au and register for the anytime option.
If you can't Run Brave with me you can still run Brave where ever you are at a time and a distance that suits you.
Please help me spread the word and let's Run Brave together! 🙏💙
So....I did a thing. Kind of want to do a few different animals and phrases. I would say it depends on interest, but let's be real- it's fun and I enjoy it so I'll probably do it anyways. Link is on my blog under header 'Run Wild' (see bio!) You can get the design on a ton of apparel!
Humid, slightly windy run after dinner tonight. Possibly a little too soon after TBH, side stitch kicked in for a couple of k’s mid run and even though it went away eventually, I never really recovered any pace during the remainder of the run. Stopped the #Fenix3 at 40 minutes with 8.1km done.
National ride to work day...pfffft, wasn’t organised enough for that! ...and I can’t post the @relivecc video of when I did ride to work a couple of weeks ago, so here’s a pucture from the ‘Chalk Grid’ out the front, riding up and down the street with the juniors on the world’s smallest loop! #dizzy
We all run races.
For some of us it’s a 42km marathon.
For some it’s getting through our to-do list.
For some it’s running from the stream of destructive thoughts that keep us a prisoner of fear and depression.
No matter what race you’re running, keep these words in mind - RUN. BRAVE.
Turn around and face your challenges.
Run towards them - as scary as they may be - instead of away from them.
Our challenges are a calling from life to love the places that we’ve neglected.
Our challenges are a call from the universe, to access a part of our inner strength that we never knew we had.
Our challenges are a call for us to use the courage, wisdom, resilience, determination and love that lies within…always.
Today’s post is to support our ambassador @kate.runs.the.world and her awareness campaign @run.brave - a campaign to help those surfing the tides of mental illness. .
For those in need - you are never alone, there is always help
So I’m now in the taper phase of my marathon training, the hard work is done, now I’ve just got to keep the legs ticking over until the big day.
I just want to take a moment to share my experience of having a running coach. Especially for those considering one, but thinking that coaches are only for the elite, the podium finishers and the ‘fast’ runners.
Well I’m definitely none of those...
I’m a solo parent of a 5 and 3 year old who works full time. I have enough on my hands, but I still have dreams... One of those dreams is to run a marathon. I registered and told no one. Did I really think I could do it? No!
A week later I did tell Insta-buddy, running coach, and founder of @run.brave, @kate.runs.the.world
That day she became my coach.
I now had a program to follow. I was ready. Or was I? Either way I started to tell people and got ridiculed. Yet, strangely I found support on Instagram, mostly from people I’ve never met.
Week 12 saw my first mental meltdown. 2km into my 14km run, my longest run to that date, and I was sitting on the side of the main road in tears. I messaged Kate. Who over the next hour was a voice of reason while I shuffled on for another 6km, tears still flowing.
Without a coach this day it would have undoubtedly been the last day of my marathon dream.
The next day I set out to run 18km. I was desperate to prove to myself I could do it. Kate was right, I could, and did.
Week 21 was the next major setback as I ran the Husky Half Marathon and injured my hip 2km into the race. Somehow I finished the race, mainly because I felt I couldn’t let my coach down after the effort she had put into me. This injury brought on another wave of negativity that would’ve seen me quit. Kate still believed I could do the second half of my program. So combining the program with physio’s advice, I did.
Life has thrown up more than it’s fair share of challenges which has lead to a less than ideal preparation, but no matter what happens next Sunday, I will be at the start line of my first marathon, and I will have made it there for one reason... because I had a coach.
A coach who believed in me when I didn’t.
I cannot thank you enough @kate.runs.the.world
I don’t do it for medals I do it for memories. (And I prefer towels...tho they wouldnt make as pretty a photo😆) One day when I’m in the nursing home, I’ll hopefully have my marbles and be able to go through all these and relive the events and good times I had collecting them. #medalmonday#myrunjourney#gratefulican
the next #runbrave Challenge is on 4 Nov... who’s in? I’m looking forward to our run group having a social run in support of this one. Get on. It’s not too late to join. Check out @run.brave #torunistolive for more.