Running, trails, and mental health
In the NZ summer of 2019/2020 I will be running the length of New Zealand using the vast network of trails that run through the national and forest parks.
I ran my first ultra marathon in September of 2018: a 50km race in Eagle, Colorado.
In August 2019 I ran in the Canadian Death Race with my dad. This one is 125km up mountains and over very muddy trails. I loved every minute of it!
My goal for this run in New Zealand is to run/hike 50km per day, every day. I'll be carrying all of the gear that I need for the trail, including my tent, sleeping bag, and all my food and water. I'm looking forward to pushing myself and seeing what my body and mind are capable of.
Spending time outdoors in nature has greatly helped me with my mental health. I've battled with depression since I was a teenager, and getting outside has helped me through some of my hardest times. Being in the great outdoors has taught me to slow down, appreciate the small things, and helped me garner the confidence to let my guard down and embrace myself for who I am.
Through trail running in particular, I get to spend a lot of time by myself and disconnect from everything else for a little while. It's an opportunity to push myself past what I thought was possible, and gives me the chance to step back from the hustle and bustle of the world we currently live in and take a breath of fresh air.
The Mental Health Foundation is my charity of choice for this journey. They have so many resources available for people who are struggling, and I want to help break down the stigma related to mental illness so people feel more confident to speak out about what's going on and to explore the avenues of help available to them.
Nearly half of all kiwis will experience a mental illness at some point in their life.
I want them to know they're not alone, and that help is available.
Please join me on this journey and support this great cause!
Thank you to my Supporters
Charlotte And Dean
Sue And Graeme Williams
The Jolliffe Family