“Well I started running earlier this month. I am trying to run three times a week, starting at a mile and adding a mile each week. I have just completed three runs of 5.5 miles.
Physically, it has been harder than I thought – 16.5 stones is quite a lot on the knees and I’m feeling it. I bought a knee support last week which is helping, I think!
But besides trying to run in a large padded suit, or at least that’s what it’s feeling like, getting to 5 miles is a ‘mile’s stone’, or 5 of them to be more accurate.
Interestingly, I am losing myself in my thoughts while running which does take my mind off things. But being mindful of the reasons why I am doing this challenge is making me reflect on the past to some degree.
The first thing which I needed to straighten out in my head was some personal conflict. I want to raise awareness of mental health, challenge stigma and encourage people to be active to improve their emotional wellbeing. But posting about the reasons behind my challenge on the
internet makes me question how potential future employers might view me after disclosing the fact that a long time ago I went through a six-year period of being anything but my best. [John experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You can read about it on his fundraising page].
It surprises me how much I have thought about this since I started this challenge, and it really drives home the fact that stigma is very real and destructive, and I am worrying about one of the very things this challenge is trying to highlight.
So, I have dusted my psyche off and decided that I am really good at my job and if someone has a problem with it all, it is them who are missing out on a great employee.
Get over it, we all have mental health!”
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