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Sue's R.E.D January Journey

By Chris Wood, 14 February 2017 – 0 comment
Sue Hood

Caption: Sue celebrating her incredible R.E.D January achievements!

I’ve wanted to do a sponsored event for some time now...

...however I have problems with my balance and fall over if I try and multi task, so outdoor events are a non-starter. When I saw the promotion for R.E.D January I leapt at the chance and signed up straight away……..nope I didn’t think of the huge mountain I would have to cross to reach February in one piece! All I saw was a way of giving back to Mind - a charity that has given me so much help support and guidance since I have been ill.

So January arrived and I had set a modest target to raise £150. I had sponsors already and with their support ringing in my ears I started my challenge. I was aiming to run and cycle in the gym and on the days I couldn’t, I was going to walk the dogs. I set myself an additional target of being able to run 5k by the end of the month.

I hadn’t been to the gym more than once a week for ages, but the thought of letting people down was the motivation that I needed. I was overwhelmed by the support of my family and friends; not only was I enjoying running but “we” smashed the donation total and in the end raised over £300. The days when I just wanted to stop were the days that ended up the best by the time I came out of the gym - I felt great, in a knackered sort of way, and glad that I hadn’t given in.

I ended up running 5k ….. I almost crawled at some points ...and cycled 10k on those days as well. By the end of the month my body felt broken but I was so pleased that I exceeded my targets, it was a group effort so Thank you RED January , thank you Mind for being there when I’ve needed you, and a huge thank you to my family, friends and support workers who stopped me over doing things some days and pulled me out of the house on others.

I’m not running everyday but I now have the confidence to go to the gym three times a week. If you are reading this thinking “no way”, then think again: if you can only get out of the house and walk a short distance you will soon feel the benefits, get a friend to go with you, it really helps, above all don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get out, tomorrow is another day.

-Sue Hood, R.E.D January 2017

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