“One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn't fall apart.”
- Linda Poindexter
The last twelve months have been, for many, incredibly challenging in terms of mental health. Beyond Blue reported in September 2020 that they had seen up to a 60% increase in calls compared to 2019. The social isolation is clearly having a negative impact on people.
Personally, I have been in work from home mode since March 2019, and as nice as it has been to be home and see my family more, the social isolation of being in my study with the door shut all day has taken its toll and like many, I have had good days, bad days and pyjama days.
Running has been the thing that has worked for me, getting me outside in the sun and some physical exercise to mentally recharge. I only started running in late 2018, signing up for my very first race, a 12km event called Bay to Bay and it is safe to say that things have escalated.
Long story short, I signed up for a twelve-month race series that culminates in an ultra-marathon that is 160km or 100miles distance that I will be completing in August 2021.
You are quite possibly thinking the same thing my wife tells me whenever the topic comes up.
"You're crazy, why would you do something like that?"
As part of this effort, I have been in the processing of building up my total weekly distance through a combination of long slow runs, mid-range tempo runs, and sets of high intensity intervals. I have also completed a series of build-up runs: multiple marathons over the last eighteen months, a sixty kilometre run and an eighty kilometer run. I also had a one hundred kilometre run earlier this year which I had to abort due to an unexpected storm and some headspins/dizziness.
Given the negative impact that COVID has had on mental health for so many people, myself included, and the need for greater resourcing and support for mental health in general, I made the decision that I want to use the hundred-miler to raise funds for Beyond Blue Australia and am asking for donations to that cause, with a goal of raising $2000.
Any donations that you can make would be highly appreciated and go towards helping Beyond Blue continue their amazing work of supporting those with mental health challenges. Also, for my readers in Australia, remember that any donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Thank you in advance for your support. You can follow my journey to a hundred miles on my Instagram or Twitter feeds. I will be posting regular updates on my training leading up to the event; and during the hundred mile run, I'll post regular progress updates as well.
Stay well, and give generously if you are able to.