Thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Ade, only been running 3 years or so (I'm 30). Never really thought I could run at all, wasn't that overweight but just assumed it was something I couldn't do. I read a few running magazines and while there is a lot of discussion over the physical benefits, there isn't quite so much about mental health. Has anyone else found running to benefit this?
I signed up for a 10k in 2010 and started slowly training, surprising myself how much better I got. Couple of years later and I do 10k or more a few times a week, I've finished the Great South run, a half marathon and now training for the London marathon in April. Excited about that one, although still a long way to go in training!
I've found running has helped my physical and mental health, which was probably the main reason for getting into it. Partly confidence, the challenge of it all, and partly just knowing i was doing all I could for my health. I find it improves my focus, attention span and concentration. Maybe it just gives me a more positive outlook generally, and no doubt helps with sleeping which I've struggled with most my adult life. I love the time to myself, seeing new places and exploring, getting to know areas more than I ever would just walking/driving etc., and generally pushing myself and feeling more alive.
I'm writing a blog about my marathon training, reasons for doing it etc. I'm running the marathon for Mind, trying to raise funds but also awareness of mental health issues. So rather than just a plea for donations that I'm sure people get all the time, I'd be grateful if you'd just take a moment to look at my sponsorship page. It has more information on mental health and the work Mind do, and I'll be publishing my blog on there later tonight, to be updated each week. It's a bit late as I'm a late entrant to the marathon, so the fundraising and training is all a bit more rushed! Any hints, tips and advice very welcome.http://virginmoneygiving.com/adrianreynolds
Thanks very much.