What does running mean to you:
Running to me means releasing all the mental stresses I have built up for the day or the week or any given duration. Finding the time to go out and get out into the outdoors. Being mindful in my running and just letting out all of my stresses at the same time. Building on my fitness for any future events or competitions that I’ve entered as well.
Favourite place to run:
Victoria Park, which is a local park to me. Going in quite early so that there are less people there, so I can be mindful around nature, which I feel like is where we’re supposed to be. And just being as mindful as possible. Running along the canal as well.
Your best running memory:
The London marathon last year. It was my first in-person marathon, I did the virtual marathon the year before that. The sense of elation after crossing the finish line, having my friends and family to cheer me on, support me, the sense of achievement that I felt afterwards was absolutely amazing,
Why does running matter?
Running matters because I feel that we all lead stressful lives in one way or another. I feel like it is important to have time to yourself, time to look after your mental health, which is the main focus of the physical release we get from running as well. The benefits from it in terms of mental health are immense. There are also side benefits as well – your physical capabilities and physical appearance. I don’t find any drawbacks to running, it’s all positive stuff.
Running plans for the future:
I’ve been successful for getting a ballot place for the Berlin marathon this September. Prior to that I’ve got a 10k every single weekend in February on a Sunday. I want to enter the Manchester or Brighton marathon in the lead up to Berlin. Just keep up my consistency in running a full marathon distance every single week.