Friday, 19 October 2018

Tracy's Story

Shiny happy people
I was honoured when asked to write a few words about my experience of Walk2Run. Thank you Jacky :)

Background

My partner is disabled, and I care for her daily. I do this with love and compassion. It requires me to have a reasonable level of physical fitness and emotional strength. The build-up of stress and limited time for myself had taken its toll, not only physically, it was also affecting my mental health. What I hadn't realised was that my state of mind was affecting my partner too. She had previously attempted suicide and I really was not prepared to let the way I was feeling affect her any longer.

I hadn't got any idea what to expect that first session. I was extremely anxious as I experience social anxiety and struggle in group activities BUT the thing that drew me in was Jacky’s promise to Teach me how to run.

Jacky’s coaching was just brilliant. She had an amazing ability to involve everyone even though we were all at different levels of fitness and dealing with different challenges in our lives. Encouragement and support came so naturally to her. No one was left out. The people I met that day were wonderful, so supportive, positive and welcoming. After 1 hour I came away exhilarated and positive about my onward journey.

Present

Walk2Run is having a huge impact on my life. I've lost 2 stone. I am fitter than I have ever been. I have gained confidence. My social anxiety has improved considerably and having time out for ME keeps my mind strong and able to face challenges in a more positive way. My partner and I have both attended the safeTALK suicide awareness course that jacky runs and not only do I feel more able to help my partner, but I also have the skills and resources to guide others in the direction of help. In addition to this my partner is more involved in the community and is enjoying life just that little bit more.

Joining Walk2Run honestly is one of the best decisions I have ever made and I can’t thank Jacky enough. :)

Come and run with us, it might just change your life...

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