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InstaSays – How has running changed your life?

“I dare you to train for a marathon, and not have it change your life” Susan Sidoriak

Running is such an integral part of some peoples life, yet some people hate it! I remember telling people that I was going to New York for my 40th Birthday, but to run the marathon. They thought I was crazy. Go to New York yes, but why run? Just go shopping, enjoy a drink or too. But when you ‘get’ running, you just GET IT!

Running has brought so many positives into my life; The support and love from the Run MND group that I am part of. The continual support and motivation from the running community on Instagram. The belief that I am stronger than I sometimes give myself credit for. The chance to travel to races, but also the chance to run and explore whilst travelling. The knowledge that I can ‘Do hard things’. When my brain is on overdrive and fuzzy, running allows me to take a break. It stops the constant fuzz and just lets me run. Ever had a problem that you are struggling to see a way out or solution? Go for a run and it somehow just seems to make sense? I think this list could be endless. So I put the question to Instagram last week and below are the answers.

It’s a pressure release valve, I’ve become addicted to endorphins & medals are 🙌🏻 


It has given me a new family in Run MND💙 🧡💙🧡


It’s given me belief, improved confidence, made me happy & I’ve made friends for life. 😊


Massively. Has given me a sense of community and improves my mental well being all the time.

Made me more confident and brave.


Made lifelong friends who I wouldn’t have met otherwise 😊.




I absolutely love these InstaSays, reading everyones else’s view on a question. Please let me know if you have an suggestions for questions to ask. Also, make sure that you are following me on Instagram. Check my stories every Wednesday for the question box and get involved.

An average runner that has found a passion for running and raising money/awareness for MNDA. I have completed London, New York, and Chicago marathons. I am tempted to go for the Six-Star finishers medal, running all the World Marathon Majors, but that's a dream in progress.

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