Why do I do it?

Why do I do it?!

Hours and hours of training you say? Well yes, I’m not going to lie. Challenging yourself to something new will inevitably take up a lot of your time as you’ll be busy training and juggling life. As a result, you may have to endure a few sacrifices along the way. For example, running a marathon isn’t just about turning up to the start line on race day; it’s so much more than that. Although a MASSIVE cliché, it really is all about the journey, especially as you’ll be spending anywhere between 16 weeks to six months in training. You will learn a lot about yourself!

I’ve only just started on my new journey. I’m two full weeks into my 20 months worth of 35 challenges. I’m really looking forward to pushing myself physically and mentally but most importantly, I want to raise awareness and as much money as I can for Leeds Mind and Yorkshire Cancer Research along the way. If you would like to show your support for 35 Before 35, please visit my fundraising page – virginmoneygiving.com/35before35

I’m not going to lie, it’s already apparent that organising challenges, logistics, maintaining a website/social media presence and fundraising will take up a lot of my time. That’s before I’ve even started training and not to mention my full-time job. I will have to be extremely organised throughout to achieve what I’ve set myself, so I’m aware that I will also have to make some sacrifices. However, this really has become a passion of mine and I want to do everything I can to raise awareness of mental and physical health. If I need to skip a few of those pub sessions in the meantime, then so be it!

I’m not ashamed to say that I’m currently having difficulty with my mental health and I’m seeking help for this but the best way which actually improves my mental health is by training. Training not only pushes you physically, but it’s also an eye opener mentally as well. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but it’s only when you’re training that you really begin to get to know yourself on a much deeper level.

1) You learn how your body and mind work

2) You know how and when to push (past) your limits

3) You find out when to slow down and rest – months of injury are not fun. Nobody has the patience or bank balance for endless physio sessions….Believe me!

4) You learn when and how to deal with the inevitable self-doubt that will rear its ugly head at various points throughout your training plan and/or race

5) You may even develop ways of using the training as therapy sessions. Or is that just me?!

By continually documenting my journey (yep, I’ve said it again), I really hope to inspire and motivate any of you who may like the idea of challenging yourself to do something that may just be sitting outside of your comfort zone. The way I see it, fear is just your body resisting change.

Remember – you ARE capable, you ARE worthy and yes, you CAN achieve anything if you want it badly enough. Good luck!