January 21, 2016

Into The Unknown

Yesterday, 2 years on from when I first went to the doctors seeking help for my depression, I had my first ever, long awaited counselling session. Having felt in a slow, downward spiral for a while it's come at a good time. Occasionally I go through brief periods of guilt and...

December 13, 2015

Finality (15 in 2015 Review)

With the end of the year rapidly drawing nearer and my 15 in 2015 challenge for Mind complete, it's time for a look back on the races that made up the challenge, how successful I've been in raising awareness and the current state of my mental health. The Races January 1st...

December 1, 2015

False Dawn

Today was supposed to be a new start.Over a month ago I spoke with my therapist about my treatment options and opted to have my CBT sessions stopped and was instead referred to counselling.After waiting a several weeks for an appointment I received a letter in the post...

November 13, 2015

The Path Of Least Resistance

On Monday, after having my initial appointment cancelled and spending many weeks delaying ringing to rearrange, I had my follow up phone appointment with my Cognitive behavioural therapist. After several attempts at CBT ultimately failing, admittedly due to me not giving enough...

October 14, 2015

Cry of Achilles

In just over a month I will be lining up at the beginning of the Hell of a Hill Marathon, the 15th of my 15 in 2015 for Mind, but just the first of three that week as I look to end my challenge with a bang. It has been a long bumpy road since July and an awful lot has happened...

July 14, 2015

Through The Shadows

Tomorrow I take my next step on the path of treatment for my ongoing depression and anxiety with my first CBT session. There's a definite mixture of apprehension and excitement about it, whilst I know it's only going to help me, I have no idea what to expect, how much it will...

June 22, 2015

To The Coast (Norfolk 100KM)

Last Saturday I ran my longest race to date, 63 miles of East Anglian trail in the inaugural Norfolk 100KM. My confidence going into the race was at an all time low, I hadn't had a successful race in months. At Dukeries my legs abandoned me halfway through and in London my...

May 31, 2015

In The Woods (Dukeries Ultra)

After two very tough marathons in April I was looking to get the 15 in 2015 challenge back on track with the Dukeries Ultra and 40 miles across the Robin Hood Way National Trail through the beautiful Sherwood Forest and Cresswell Crags. 10 miles in I was flying and the sports...

May 16, 2015

Lost to Apathy (London Marathon)

On the 21st April 2013 I ran my first ever marathon, the London Marathon. Two years, five days and 16 marathons later I was back in the nation's capital for another crack at the 'greatest marathon in the world'. When I ran London Marathon for the first time back in 2013 it was...

April 30, 2015

The Storm Before The Calm (Huddersfield Marathon)

Coming off the back of a tough birthday week, which began with a breakdown in the capital and didn't really get much better as the Huddersfield Marathon had all the hallmarks of being a 'make or break' race, especially as it describes itself...