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Once I fell in love with running, there was no turning back.

Guest blogger for Move Your Mind  Jim Harding shares his running story with us. Read on to hear how he fell in love with it!

It’s not always fun, but it’s worth it

For many people running can seem like a mammoth task, more of a chore than a hobby. I mean let’s face it, not a lot of us want to go out and run for fun? Running wasn’t always fun. However, once I started reaping the benefits it became a part of me, and there was no stopping.  

It was an October’s afternoon back in 2018 and I had just stumbled across my (hardly used) running shoes in the cupboard. I had been suffering from mental health issues for as long as I can remember, but during this period I was really struggling with depression, anxiety and a real feeling of emptiness. 

Despite spending a few years travelling on and off, I always felt like there was a dark cloud and that something was missing. I’d had a brilliant childhood and my family were and still are super supportive. I just couldn’t get my head around why I was suffering mentally.  

Getting started

I decided to take the plunge and head out for a run, I mean what did I have to lose? I managed to run just over a mile. My breathing was all over the place and I struggled throughout the whole ordeal. After years of playing football as a teenager I couldn’t believe how unfit I had become. Several days had passed and I decided to head out again: 2.13 miles.  

Noticing improvements!

As the weeks past I kept things consistent and started to feel better and better after each run, I also felt improvements in my energy levels, anxiety and my general mood. After a few weeks I decided to enter into the 10km at the Bournemouth Bay Run; I’m a big believer in setting short and long term goals. it’s seriously cool to have loads of people around you all striving to better themselves, raise money, smash their PB’s and to ultimately feel good!  

It’s safe to say by this stage I was totally hooked, I entered into two half marathons for September and October… I did have ups and downs with injury but I completed both events, and like the Bay run, they were awesome.  

There’s so many reasons to run, I hope you find yours. See you out there!

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