This time I decided I’d raise money for a worthy cause, MQ Transforming Mental Health rather than just run for my own sense of achievement. Not to do things by half I decided on London as it’s arguably the best marathon in the world. Who knows if I’m lucky I’ll get on telly, unlikely to be looking my best mile 20 but that’s by the by. I was lucky enough to get a precious place in the run thanks to MQ and I’ve been training hard since then to get in shape and raise some much-needed money for the charity.
Training (it’s hard!).
The thing with getting ready for a marathon is, it takes a lot of time and effort to get fit enough to complete one, let alone complete one in good time. I find the moment you stop, the couple of weeks off you give yourself soon becomes a couple of months. The 18 mile runs become 6-8, then sod it I’ll go to the gym instead.
I quickly become a fair-weather runner, the hint of rain in the air was enough to knock it on the head. But no more! I’ve gradually pulled myself out of the funk and gone from 8 miles to 12, to 18 in the last month or two.
18 is hard, especially on a cold Sunday morning when most sensible people are still in bed. But the feeling of getting home after a good run with solid pace (8.30 minutes a mile on a good day) feels fantastic. I have 2, nearly 3 hours to myself, in my head. I need to keep half my mind focussed on safety (traffic, not stepping on a tin can and busting my ankle or stepping in road kill on the A45!) but the rest of me runs wild, thoughts bouncing around in my brain like a ping pong ball. It’s physically and mentally exhilarating.
Why else do it?
I’ve seen first-hand in my professional and personal life the impact that mental health issues can have on people’s lives. Two of my friends have taken their lives, one recently. I’ve seen people crippled by anxiety and others knocked for six by depression. I’ve seen young people experiencing early onset of psychosis facing waiting lists, people feeling the only way they can show people their mental anguish is to hurt themselves physically and others self-medicating with drink and drugs as a way of coping with a bewildering and frightening world.
Mental health issues can affect anyone of us, or someone we love, and we can feel as powerless to help as we would with a physical illness. Despite this, stigma still prevails and people can be frightened or ashamed to open up and talk about their feelings. They can fail to seek out the help they so badly need.
Together we can make a difference.
MQ is seeking to transform the support that people affected by mental health receive through research such as modelling the brain to better understand schizophrenia, improving treatment for PTSD and developing online tools for anxiety management. The potential to make a change is massive, but they need your support.
We are running a BIA Refresher on the 4th April 2017.
All of our profits made from this day will be going to charity. Are you due for an update?
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