Lockdown Lowdown with … Mark (@run4mh)

My next Lockdown Lowdown comes from Mark (@run4mh) who talks about mental strength and coming through the Lockdown together.

What have you learnt about yourself during the lockdown?

I have learnt that I am stronger than I thought. I am now armed with lots of tools to be able to “cope” and “manage” things, mostly the same tools that I used when I was really struggling with depression and anxiety. To take a day at a time (or even an hour), to have a routine, to write lists that I can cross off when things are completed, to set my alarm so I get up and begin each day with a purpose.

What are you doing to stay motivated?

I am trying to stay as positive as I can. I keep telling myself that this is not forever and for once, we really are ALL in the same position. I am using on-line classes to keep my fitness going and keep thinking of a time that we can run again without any restrictions and that I want to be in the best possible shape I can be – stronger than ever before.

What are you most looking forward to when we get out of lock down?

Cuddling my grandchildren. Seeing my friends and loved ones for a meal and a drink.

What rearranged event are you looking forward to and why?

I am most looking forward to running with my mental health support running group again (Run Talk Run). Races can wait although I will be looking forward to cheering everyone on at the London marathon.

What challenges have you set yourself in lockdown, or for when you get out?

I am trying not to put too much pressure on myself. At the moment, anything goes really but I would like to keep my strength work up as it has helped my running for sure. I was thinking of trying to run to heart rate seeing as we have time for that and yoga………..maybe.

What makes you run happy?

Running with friends, running alone, running for a reason……..just RUNNING

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