Editor’s note: A few months ago, the amazing Jenny (the HMIY brand manager, an incredible best friend and all-round design superstar) messaged me saying that she and her family had planned to do some fundraising for the charity. Not just any fundraising though, they wanted to run a half marathon. As a self-proclaimed couch potato this sounded absolutely terrifying, but they weren’t to be budged! On the 24th of September Jenny, Becca, Katie, Angela and Jade will all be running to raise money for Hello Me, it’s You. I’m blown away by the idea and their commitment and so so thankful. Anything you can do to donate would be a fab motivation for the runners, and an incredible help to the charity. If you’d like to read more or donate, take a look here.
As they go through the training process, we’ll have regular updates from the runners themselves, starting with the amazing Angela…
"I’m going to run a half marathon" I declared.
"That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard you say" came back the response.
"Really? It’s not until four and a half weeks time.”
“You’re 51 years old; you cannot train for a half marathon in four and a half weeks.”
So I left it there and forgot all about it.
Then one day we were walking the dogs when we found ourselves walking the wrong way of the last mile of the half marathon course and making our way past arrow signs, strewn water bottles and a number of bored looking marshals. And the most inspirational thing happened for me, the bored looking marshals became animated and excited spotting a weary straggler half walking, half running but still going and still determined. The sound of happy encouragement, cheering and clapping, it’s addictive, we couldn’t help but join in. That walk along the last mile of the half marathon is what decided me that I would definitely be running this race next year. Those stragglers pushing to the finish after twelve long miles clarified that I would be more than happy to join them in their perseverance and persistence and craziness.
Three months less than a year later and I find myself googling ‘Beginners Sixteen Week Half Marathon Training Programme' and I’m excited! I haven’t been running for nearly two years and I really would love to get going again. For some reason I had told myself that I should find another activity now that I am in my fifties and I had convinced myself that the fairly regular long dog walks were enough to keep me fit and healthy and happy. But I was aware after two years that I was definitely not looking quite the same as I had done in my late forties and the thought of now slowly heading in a direction of possible no return suddenly seemed extremely unappealing.
I can’t say it was very easy getting going again! I started extremely slowly and after four weeks I was finding that my ankles were sore and my knees were in agony walking up and down stairs and my chest felt like it was burning if I ran up the slightest incline. A run out with my daughter made me seriously question my ability to do this at all.
"It feels like running thirteen miles is no longer something that I am capable of doing!” I hear myself blurt out. But I am determined now and I will half walk, half run if that’s what it takes to complete this course because I now have a reason to enter the half marathon, I have a charity that I want to raise money for and I know how much they need financial support and I know how dedicated and committed they are to their cause and how hard it will be for them to get this charity fully up and running and helping the people that will benefit from it. They have already done so much and it makes me very proud to see their achievements - keep going girls - and keep in mind who you are doing this for and how important this all is.
Nine weeks to go and I believe I have persuaded all three of my girls to run too! I am now running three or four times a week: one long run (adding a mile on each week), one short, hill run and at least one three or four mile runs, and I’m relieved to say that my ankles have settled down and my knees have improved following strengthening exercise found on the internet and my breathing seems to be coping with even the extra mile that I add on each week.
I’m now up to six miles and I’ve been convincing myself, and all that will listen to me, that adding one more mile to six miles is far easier than adding one more mile to one or two miles and so seven more miles in nine weeks is definitely achievable!
About to enrol us all in the run and work out how to go about getting sponsorships…
Will keep you posted :)
Angela is a 51 year old mother of 3, including Hello Me, It's You's own Jenny! She's been incredibly supportive of the charity from the start and is the evil mastermind behind the idea of getting a team together to run a half marathon in support of Hello Me, It's You!
If you're interested in supporting Angela and the other runners, you can donate via their JustGiving page here.
Hello Me, it's You
Welcome to the brand new shiny Hello Me, it’s You blog! We are launching this blog with weekly content from different contributors, giving their opinions and experiences on all things Mental Health.