The last three weeks have been very different to anything we have lived through. Not seeing anyone outside your household, unless on a screen. Not stopping in the street to chat with acquaintances. Limited time out. How do you feel? How do I feel? There are some good days, where I know I am lucky to be able to work from home. There are some ok days, where I remember everything passes in life and this crisis will be no exception. And then, there are the other days: the ones where I despair about politics, where I cry for the death of thousands of folks I have never met in my life, where I worry about my daughter’s future, where I wonder if we, as humans, will be able to come together after the crisis without blaming one group against each other.
What I know for sure is that without running I would have had many more of these dark days. Running clears my head and helps me keeping perspective. It focusses my thoughts on the little actions I can do everyday to keep going positively.
The Milton Keynes marathon was due to take place on 3rd May. They offer the option to do a virtual marathon in the month of May. I will therefore run 42 km on 8th May on my own (and around Reading). Any sponsorship will go to Sport in Mind, which is a Reading based charity, supporting people affected by mental health with the mission "To improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity". I am sure you will agree with me that the coronavirus crisis is also one for our mental health and I believe that more than ever we need to look after our mental health and the one of others around us.

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