City2Surf 2020

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 :)


My Updates

Multi-Terrian 10k

Wednesday 18th Mar

Sunday 15th March - I completed the 10k event at Spencer Park. There was a lovely km along the beach and it felt so good to run alongside the waves and being able to look out at the morning view. That moment has inspired me to go run the sand 10k for myself sometime soon. I was a bit sore after this run so I am just going to give my body some time to rest before getting back out there. 

Also this Sunday I was meant to participate in my final event - the 14k City to Surf. Sadly with everything going on at the moment this event will not be taking place. Once again, this is not going to prevent me from going the distance and so when the time feels right I will take myself out on my own 14km run :) 


Park 10k

Sunday 1st Mar

This afternoon I took myself out for a spontanous 10k around Hagley Park. Felt good to reach that 10k mark just under one hour. Happy days!

5K Victory

Sunday 23rd Feb

This morning I attended the 10k Trail Event. Decided a few days before that I'll take it easy and perhaps only do the one 5k loop. The uphill made it feel like 10 so I feel ok about it. Happy with my effort today and I walked away from the event looking forward to the next one :) 

Getting back into it!

Friday 7th Feb

It has been a rough few weeks and I definately experienced a new level of exhaustion that's for sure. Which is saying a lot considering one of the main symptoms of crohns is tiredness! Anyway, the last couple of days I have felt my energy return and have been good enough to head out on a couple of 3k runs. Important I think, for me to start out with smaller goals as I ease back into running. I surprised myself and managed the first run without stopping which was a good feeling. Second day, I was a bit sore in the legs and so I did two 1.5 kms with a brisk walk in between. Being that I took a bit longer to recover from this illness than I ideally hoped for - I now have two 10k runs to catch up on. But I'm not going to rush back into all this, as I do not want to take more steps backwards. To be honest my mind has been a bit all over the show since I had to rest lots and could not bring myself to exercise much at all. Kind of feel like I am back to square one which is hard but I believe my body is capable as long as I take care of it during this crucial time of healing. Only up from here I hope!

Listening to my body

Saturday 18th Jan

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 :)



Thank you to my supporters



Nice one Hil, proud of you. Simon