I used to be one of those people that observed others running. I genuinely couldn’t understand why they were doing it.
I started running approx two years ago, it all started because of Olive, one day I went out running armed with my favorite tunes & I never looked back.
When I am running I feel an overwhelming sense of freedom. When Olive was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome two years ago, I genuinely felt trapped, like I was drowning in the pain & the grief. However when I was running, it all seemed easier, I could breathe…….
I could express how I felt by running faster, I could use my anger to motivate me. I could use the time to think things through. I would listen to music that would uplift me. So all the experiences combined made running a very therapeutic way of exercising for me.
If it ever feels tough, I just think of my beautiful little girl Olive, who has wrongly had her freedom taken away from her, she may never know that feeling, she may never know what it feels like to have control of your body, I can not even imagine how that must feel for her, to have to live with that everyday of her life is not a fair deal. That thought makes me want to run faster, I would run forever, I would literally run until I couldn’t run anymore if it meant my daughter could have some control over her body, I dream that one day she will & that she will be able to run with me. If treatment for Rett Syndrome becomes a reality in a time scale that is beneficial for Olive I dream that one day we will be able to run a race together.
Studies have demonstrated that running improves healing, immune response, stress reactivity & well-being.
One of my favorite run tracks has a line in “someday your spirit will lift you” & this is exactly what running does for me.
I know there is a community of runners out there, maybe novice & serious runners, all inspired to run for different reasons.
Kim is organizing the ‘RUN 4 RETT COTGRAVE 2014’…..
This is what she had to say about being inspired to run………….
My passion for running started in May this year, I was body conscious and wanted to get rid off all the unwanted wobbly bits that knew couldn’t be done through weight loss. Not knowing all the other benefits that I would get through running too. If I’ve had a hard day at the office and need to escape, its “Headphones in World Out”, it’s my time to fight through all the battles in my head without burdening anyone else. When I’ve finished I feel exhilarated and have this new perception on life with a more positive outlook and how to achieve it.
A close friend of mine approached me a few weeks ago knowing my new passion for running, and asked me if I would like to join a committee who were organizing a charity run. She explained to me that it was in aid of “Cure Rett”, I was familiar with the charity after going along to the Reverse Festival earlier in the year. Before I knew it I was the lead of the run which was fantastic, as I have done charity work in the past. Knowing that the work I’m doing is so close to home too just made it all the more personal for me.
I felt very enthusiastic about the run but wanted to know a little more about Rett Syndrome and also wanted to meet Olive too. I asked Janie if we could meet to have a chat about the condition, in the end Paul looked after my daughter Mia while Janie and Myself chatted and ran at the same time, perfect !. After our run I met Olive and Tilda too, knowing more about how Rett effects lives of so many little girls around the world and their parents too made me feel very emotional and even more thankful for what I have, but at the same time more passion to make the run a great success.
If you would like to join us, here is all the information you will need……..
Date:May 4th 2014
Time:10k & 5k at 11am, 1k at 12 noon
Address:Cotgrave country park Hollygate Lane Cotgrave, Nottingham NG12 3HE …
Fees:£15 for the 10km (over 16 only)£10 for the 5km, (over 14 only) £5 for the 1k (children between 5-14, £2.50)
All children need to be accompanied by a parent – parents who run the 10k or 5k events can enter the 1k for free to accompany their child.
FREE PERFRMANCE TOPS
Free performance tops if you raise £20 or more sponsorship for Cure Rett.
Follow signs to Cotgrave from the A52 , A606 or A46 . Car access to the park is via Hollygate Lane. The nearest postcode is NG12 3HE .
There is also pedestrian access from Colliery Lane.
Join us afterwards for a delicious BBQ with entertainment for adults and kids at the Manvers Arms starting at 13:30.
Address:The Manvers ArmsThe Cross, Cotgrave, Nottingham NG12 3HS