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- Posted: 21st Feb 2012, 17:30Report
....and happy pancake day. I ran this morning so have easily earned a few pancakes. Thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Ade, only been running 3 years or so (I'm 30), I'm new to the site although have been enjoying the magazine for over a year now and it's really helped my motivation, fitness and general interest in running. Never really thought I could run at all, wasn't that overweight but just assumed it was something I couldn't do. Anyway, signed up for a 10k and started slowly training, surprising myself how much better I got. Couple of years later and I do 10k or more a few times a week, I've finished the Great South run, a half marathon and now training for the London marathon in April. Excited about that one, although still a long way to go in training! I've found running has helped my physical and mental health, which was probably the main reason for getting into it. Partly confidence, the challenge of it all, and partly just knowing i was doing all I could for my health. Now, I love the time to myself, seeing new places and exploring, getting to know areas more than I ever would just walking/driving etc., and generally pushing myself and feeling more alive. I'm writing a blog about my marathon training, reasons for doing it etc. I'm running the marathon for Mind, trying to raise funds but also awareness of mental health issues. So rather than just a plea for donations that I'm sure people get all the time, I'd be grateful if you'd just take a moment to look at my sponsorship page. It has more information on mental health and the work Mind do, and I'll be publishing my blog on there later tonight, to be updated each week. It's a bit late as I'm a late entrant to the marathon, so the fundraising and training is all a bit more rushed! Any hints, tips and advice very welcome. http://virginmoneygiving.com/adrianreynolds Thanks very much.
[signature]Please help me raise funds for Mind and awareness of mental health problems at: http://ukvirginmoneygiving.com/adrianreynolds