I run because it frees me. To cut though the darkness. To move into the light. To make me feel when the world makes me numb. To inspires me to be grateful for my health and my life.
I would suggest to you that it is not just the enthusiast runner, those in the euphemistically named ‘mid pack’ that suffer negative cognitions. Runners of all ability suffer from crises of confidence whilst at a peak of exertion, in trying conditions or when the competition is fierce.
My daughter turned two a fortnight ago. It marked the latest in what feels like a series of milestones, also a path to balancing run life and parenthood. Regardless of how many self-help manuals you devour or hours spent scouring the internet for guidance, parenting when you’re new to it, can be both terrifying and life changing in equal measure.
Running is like making music to me. Bear with me, if you were to classify two approaches perhaps you’d classify one runner as a composer. Swirling creativity, themes, scope and the overall sense of a piece.
My name is Kate, I am an Osteopath, and this is my own personal story of how I put life as a patient with a serious back injury, behind me. When my disc patients ask me if I have seen “this type of injury” before, I can now answer them honestly. Yes, all the time. I can also tell them that I too, have experienced this type of injury before.
The relationship between running and mental health has been thoroughly written about, widely discussed and thankfully taken out of the dark confines of the Taboo. All I can add to the conversation is my own experience – my journey through the confusing darkness of depression and eventually back toward a healthier happier place.
We beginners at running all grasp onto the hope that maybe on this run, on this day, it will happen and we’ll have pushed through long enough to get to the point where running stops hurting and becomes almost like a meditation.
When Laura Maisey first thought up this run home from Rome, It felt a bit silly. How could her two little legs attempt something so enormous? Rome to UK… is it possible?
In this short film Maroon Belles members Michelle Smith and Yitka Winn, show us that when a community of women come together, they become inspired to tap into that voice that tells them to go for it and accomplish something that they wouldn’t on their own.
Anyone can run. I am proof. I’m not a natural runner I’ve set myself many goals over the past two years and just kept chugging along. I’m 43, a part time working mum of two and married to Craig . We are are a tight Unit; Team Taylor if you will .
Feeling like your running mojo is freezing up with the weather? It’s usually coldest for 4 months in the middle of winter but if you hate 4 months of every year – you’re hating one-third of your life by default. That’s not a great equation.
My friend ‘that running girl’ Sophie and I were discussing how many nervous shits we were going to take before our race this Sunday. It’s the Christchurch half marathon, which will also be the New Zealand Championships.
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Soon enough the corners of my mouth start to curl up, often one at a time. The smile relaxes me even more, the tension is all gone now. It’s hard not to be happy when you are so thankful for the people around you, for the world that you live in, and for my body that can do amazing things, and carry me amazing places.
Like many young people her age, Samantha Gash had a desire to challenge herself and to make a difference in the world. Ambitious, determined, naïve and stubborn Samantha couldn’t have imagined that her journey would take her to the 4 corners of the earth and impact so many lives.