For people wanting to run a marathon especially one of the more popular ones e.g. London and with quite often so few places actually available the temptation to run for a charity has never been stronger. Running for charity can be extremely rewarding but can also add a number of additional pressures onto what is already, for some people, a real challenge – Finishing a Marathon.
Over the past few years I have met, treated and spoken to a number of people who were struggling due to these pressures. Some of the people who were struggling, quite often due to the these additional pressures.
Some of the people I have seen have been in floods of tears due to stress, injury and also the pressure they’ve put on themselves by having a charity place at a marathon.
Personally I am a great believer that stress and anxiety can manifest itself as physical pain. I have seen a few people whose physical symptoms have been caused by stress and anxiety and I have seen others who have struggled to recover from injury due to stress.
Let’s be clear and go back to the point made at the top of the blog that running and raising money for charity can be an amazing experience and the sense of achievement it brings can be second to none. I have experienced thes highs with some cycling events where I’ve raised money for the MS Society.
To help provide the advise I have had a chat with Sue Bennett. Sue is well known in the Newbury area and has run a number of marathons as well as raising a massive amount of money for MS-UK. Sue is also heavly involved in Run Together in West Berkshire by Coaching Running Fitness. I can not think of anybody better to provide some key points.
Sue came up with the following points although I have embellished them.
I hope this has been of use – we have a Facebook video here with more information from Andrew Spaak. Of course if you want to raise any questions then please get in contact with the clinic.
ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY and DON’T STRESS!