With only one week left to register for the British 10K London Run which takes place on 12 July, Helena from our web team tells us why she feels inspired to run this year and how she is fitting in her training around family life.
Do you love running? I’ve noticed a lot of my friends lately have been taking up running, some of them even training for marathons. Now I have never been what you call athletic, to be completely honest with you I couldn’t run for toffee until a few years ago! What changed? Well I was inspired by all the great people I would see taking part in runs for the MS Trust and I thought, maybe, I could do something too. But what?
From couch to 5K
Someone in the office suggested I could do the 5K London Super Hero Run. I was scared at first – even though I walk a lot (I don’t have a car), I was never able to do any running. A friend of mine then told me that she was the same, until she started using the ‘Couch to 5K’ app on her telephone. It is a programme that starts you off with a mixture of walking and then running gradually, until you run more and walk less, and the goal is that you can then run the whole 5K. So I gave it a try and it was hard at first, but it got easier. So I signed up for the Super Hero Run. And then I did that run for 2 more years.
This year I have signed up for the British 10K London Run. I decided to do so as I really wanted to take part in this great event. I have been working at the MS Trust since 2007 and I’ve seen lots of inspiring people take part. But also I want to raise money to support the important work our Information Team does.
My MS experience
This summer it will be exactly 9 years since I had my first ever MS relapse. Going through diagnosis, and more confusing and painful relapses, left me feeling quite alone in the world. Whilst waiting to be contacted by an MS nurse (there was a long waiting time between diagnosis and seeing a nurse) I reached out to the MS Trust and I found answers to a lot of the questions I had. Mostly it calmed me down a little and it made me realise that life was not different from yesterday even though I now had this MS label slapped on me.
A few months later I found myself working for the MS Trust as a part of their Web Team. One of the first things I did when I started was set up a Facebook group. This group now has well over 6000 members and is very active. Every day when I come in to work I search through the group and make sure we try to answer any questions people have about MS that we can help with. I have been there myself and I know how important peer support is, but also to have the MS Trust Information Team there helping out is fantastic. So this is my reason for wanting to run the 10K.
Training with a one-year-old
I am doing the race together with my good friend Gayle. We both have very active one-year-olds and find ourselves mostly training by running around after our kids. In fact I was asked to let people know how I find the time to train these days. I tried to explain it in the video below.