City2Surf 2020

Listening to my body

In the morning at 8am, many wonderful people will be crossing the starting line and beginining their 10k run on the sand at New Brighton Beach. Unfortunately I will not be able to be there. While earlier in the week I was hoping to make a miraculous recovery in time for the run; my doctor informed me on Friday that is not the case and I infact have glandular fever. So here I am, listening to my body and resting in bed with my furry friend. I will be thinking of those doing the run and wishing them all the best. It has been a good reminder that life is very spontaneous in the way that it challenges each of us at times. I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. While I am guttered that I am unable to be there for the actual event, I know that in my own time once my body has recovered - I will still do my own 10k run on the sand and record it here. In the meantime, I will be resting up and will rise again when the time feels right :)



My why

Hi I’m Hil (Hilary). A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease and I realised how connected my mental health is with the rest of my body, particularly my gut. I’m a strong advocate for mental health support because I know from my own experiences how important such help can be when life challenges you. Purple is the colour for mental health awareness, but it also represents Crohns & Colitis. I will be running with both of these in mind. But I’ll also be running for myself. Knowing that taking myself out for a run has been one of the best strategies in supporting my mental and physical wellbeing. 

I am participating in a number of events during the next few months. Starting with the first 10k series run on the 19th of January. I did one of these last year and this year am going to challenge myself by running all four! Leading up to and as I progress through each run I will be posting updates on my blog. The last 10k run brings me near to the final event I'm running for which is the City to Surf 14k run on the 22nd of March.

I'm running to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation. I'm doing this because more than 50% of New Zealanders will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and I don’t want them to face it on their own.

Your donation will help the Mental Health Foundation to provide people with free information, resources and campaigns covering the A-Z of mental health and wellbeing topics. It will also help them advocate for helpful and hopeful policies and services for people living with mental illness.

I am aiming to raise $400, but would love to raise even more! Please show your support and donate to my page :)


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