marathons for the mind & me
After crossing the finish Line of the 2015 Amsterdam marathon in a time of 2 hours 25 minutes things quickly changed. A break down in a relationship was shortly followed by the uncomfortable realisation that my focus and determination to constantly improve as a runner was almost all consuming. It had turned running from something which had been my life, to something I resented. I didn’t want to do it anymore.
Returning from an emotional trip to Uganda several months later I decided I needed running back. Inspired by Ben Smith & many others I then came up with "Marathons for the Mind". A series of challenges aimed at raising money for mental health charities, inspiring others and getting running back the right way.
Running the 2018 Tour de France
44 Marathons across, 44 Countries in 44 Consecutive days
Mental health is such an important issue within society and the cause I wanted "Marathons for the Mind" to support. I know many people who have serious mental health issues. Some have tried to take their own lives and others battle through with determination and courage that I admire greatly. I have seen people at their lowest, I have seen the stigma they face and the lack of support when they need it most.
The mental health focus started and is still very much for these people. It has however also helped me to understand my own mental health better in a way that I think it is important for us all to try and do.
By talking more openly about mental health, engaging within discussions or simply listening to others, we develop understanding and importantly we help to educate. We also learn how to improve or better manage our mental health as individuals, and about the severity and crippling effects that people suffering with mental illness can experience on a daily basis.