In 2015 I took up running as a way to raise some funds for a charity that I volunteer for, it’s fair to say that for those first few months I hated running, but as the race got closer I actually started to enjoy running, so much so that it’s fair to say that I have fallen in love with running, especially trail running.
Around the same time I decided to finally take the plunge and do something I’d been thinking of doing for a long time, and I became vegan, which has turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made (second only to asking Hannah to marry me).
From the very start I wanted to do something big and hopefully raise a large amount of money for charity, and in the beginning running my first 10k race was that big “thing”. The problem was having now run several 10k’s, half marathons, and marathons I was now looking for another challenge. So I set myself the challenge to run a Ultra marathon before I reached the age of 40, and after a lot of training I completed the challenge with 2 years to spare. This felt like a massive achievement for me, and one that I am immensely proud of, but the trouble is now that I’ve started I can’t stop there and I will keep finding myself bigger challenges to face and blog about.
Fast forward to the current day and it’s the end of 2018, and this year I have faced some of my biggest challenges yet and they haven’t been running related. If I am completely honest with myself I know that I have suffered with anxiety and depression most of my life but I’ve always found ways to deny it, but in 2018 my mental health got to such a point that I couldn’t deny it anymore, and I took the very hard decision to be honest with myself and the people who read this blog. 2018 has been a year where I’ve pulled out of races because of anxiety and where simple things have become a mental struggle, but because of this it has also been a year that I came to realise how much running helps me cope with my mental health and how much I miss that release when I can’t run, it has been a year where I’ve realised how important the work of mental health charities are and how I want to help them raise awareness about our mental health and that there’s always someone to help you if you need it, and so my next challenge was born “From Mountains To Molehills”, you can find more info about this challenge by going to the tab at the top of this page, it’s going to be one hell of a challenge but potentially life changing too and I can’t wait to get stuck in, if you’d like to keep up to date with how this and my other running related adventures are going please hit the “subscribe” button and leave me a comment or send me an email.