I hope everyone is keeping well and training hard, this week we have a treat for you and have an interview with the incredible Stephen Hall, who is a fellow runner who has been doing a lot of hard work for the Trust. His journey is one I personally find inspiring and I feel we can all either relate to or learn something from some of his answers.
If you’d like to keep up with Steve on his running journey give him a follow @steverunsslowly on instagram.
Why did you start running?
I started running to channel my frustration after my partner Louise and I suffered a miscarriage in September 2018, so I decided to sign up for the Great North Run 2019 with Tommy’s the baby charity.
What keeps you motivated when you’re out on a run?
Once I’m out the door with my headphones in and in my own little world I find it really easy to stay motivated, recently the messages of support and donations coming in during my streak has been the fuel to keep me going out every day. Getting out of bed is the hardest part!
How has running/keeping fit had an affect on you in your everyday life?
Running has changed my life completely, in the past I have struggled with anxiety and depression and running helps me manage that. The mental focus and clarity that comes with improved fitness and routine is the main reason I run.
What would you say to someone that is thinking of getting into running?
Buy a pair of decent running shoes to avoid any extra discomfort which might put you off early on. Find your local parkrun and start off there. The running community on Instagram is the best too so get involved with that!
What’s your number one running tip?
Always go at your own pace, and remember to smile and enjoy it!
What’s the worst mistake you’ve made(fitness/running related)?
Running a half marathon without training enough! After the great north run I struggled to walk for about 4 days!
Why did you choose to run for Dragonfly Cancer Trust?
Cancer has impacted my family quite alot in recent years, my nana has survived breast and lung cancer! My mams partner lost his Dad to cancer earlier this year so I began to look for a small local cancer charity who I could support where I knew my fundraising would make a big difference. When I went onto the Dragonfly Cancer Trust website it really touched me when I learned of the amazing work done by the charity! The thought of cancer affecting people so young really breaks my heart.
What do you think makes Dragonfly Cancer Trust different to any other charities?
The work done by all cancer charities is amazing, but with Dragonfly Cancer Trust every case feels so personal and relatable. When I contacted the charity to ask if I could help, I received such a warm reply! It feels like I’ve been welcomed into a little family and I’m just so grateful for the opportunity to help make a difference to someone’s life through this charity.