Back in December this seemed like a good idea. Whilst I was swimming in a sea of cheese and wine it felt like running every day was just the lifeboat I needed to save me from drowning in 2018.
My immediate thought was it would help me lose weight but within seconds this was shot down by the new me I found in 2017. So conditioned was I for my entire life to be determined by my weight that was still the initial thought. Mr Shitbag on my shoulder still manages to squeeze in the negativity now and then but this is not about weight loss.
The whole purpose of www.runeverydayjanuary.com is simply that. To run every day in January. Beating the January blues with R.E.D. This is about our mental health. I have gathered together a beautiful Instagram running club so make sure you check my Instastories daily to see who is alongside me and what track they choose as their theme tune. We all have to have a theme tune to run to. We cannot all have Eye of the Tiger!
For me. Running is a life line. I appear as a super happy confident person and I am, for the most part I am. I have struggled with bouts of depression throughout my life which fortunately last year I managed to keep to what I term as down days. Days where I sink and mostly sleep. Days where the darkness takes over. 2017 was a year whereby I learnt to manage my depression. Although I have no magic wand and no words of wisdom and I am in no doubt that the bastard will be back and floor me at some point but last year I stayed afloat.
Exercise is the gateway. It is not the answer but it is key to why this year has worked for me. Despite knowing this I did not stick with it last year. Any excuse, any niggle and I gave up. Every few weeks I would start running and then after a few weeks I would stop. Despite feeling fabulous when I was running and not so fabulous when I wasn’t. It is not rocket science! I need to keep it up.
Running every day is not easy for me. Here I sit on Day 3 with two runs under my belt and my entire body is screaming like a bitch for me to stop. Yet my head, oh my head is so happy. Running makes me lighter and mentally a little bit stronger.
And I think I have lost two pounds already……