Run Grateful Challenge September 4th - 5th 2020

5k run ๐Ÿ’ซ Being in the moment

The show kicked off at 10am with a 5km run which is 12.5 laps on an athletics track (one lap is 400m) I ran with Hasan, Mollie, Katrina talked and got to know each other. Prior to this,  Mark White @markwhite_0602 (host), Kevin and the camera crew introduced themselves. 
There were 16 runners.  7 women and 9 men. People from all over the UK. For the first 5k being in the moment and talking to people. Before hand I had a special task to complete ... all will be revealed on 14th September!! I ran in my 361 degree Strata 4. Felt good  but the runderwear sock gave a tight feel. Will wear them again on mile 2 with stance socks to feel the difference..

Mile 4 - ๐Ÿ’ซ Running community

Sha Hussain ( talked to us about gratitude and how it supports mental health. Sha touched on the topic of Perma and how he uses it. The PERMA Model was developed by respected positive psychologist, Martin Seligman, and was widely published in his influential 2011 book,Flourish.

Positive emotions – feeling good
Engagement – being completely absorbed in activities
Relationships – being authentically connected to others
Meaning – purposeful existence
Achievement – a sense of accomplishment and success.

More information

Be More You and Love Trails Festival are co-hosting a Virtual Race and Wellbeing Festival on Saturday 10th October 2020 to mark World Mental Health Day.

They are asking runners around the world to collaborate with them and create a solo or group run on this day (any distance at a time to suit) and take part in a task that we hope will unite us all in our common humanity. The task is to give each runner the opportunity to show up authentically for themselves - sharing two words out loud or with one another, describing how they are feeling during the run (i.e. happy and tired).

We then walked in pairs and shared 1 thing we are grateful for. I didn't have anyone to walk with and just had a think and walked. We then stopped at the start line, meditated for 2 mins, relaxed and thought about gratitude of life. Then it was time to run mile 4 which is 4 laps of the track.

Thankful for Marcus (@themarathonmarcus) for his podcast where he interviewed the super inspiring Liz Warner, who challenged herself to complete 30 marathons before she turned 30 whilst raising money for charities. It was through listening to this podcast and posting it on IG that Liz reached out to invite me to this event. 

Mile 5 - ๐Ÿ’ซFamily

Music and DJ was live. We ran anti clockwise this time . Felt good. Cameron  (@cameron_hall96) the camera man followed us round a few times. Still in runderwear top. This mile was dedicated to my daughter and being grateful that she received the grades she needed to start her chosen course at 6th form.

Mile 9 - ๐Ÿ’ซOpportunities 

Ran in my running heroes top and my Vaga cap ๐Ÿ˜Š. We had the pleasure of yoga at the end of that run with Fotini (@fotiniwellbeing). This felt great. I have continuously worn the Strata 4 and they feel so light and comfortable.  Really enjoying running in them.
I have been blessed to be given a number of opportunities this year. These include being ambassadors for Sundried, Runderwear and Vaga. 

Mile 12 - ๐Ÿ’ซ Life as it currently is

We walked this mile as we had just had dinner at 6pm. It was chicken shish, salad and pitta bread..really nice meal, only ate a third as we had to run again in 40 mins. Took us about 18 mins to walk the mile. It was actually good to walk this round, and allowed me to think about this moment and how 2020 has played out.

Mile 13 - ๐Ÿ’ซ  Macmillan Nurses 

Ran with Hasan (@thechallengerinme) felt good. Pace was quite quick, but felt awesome ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฟ. Hasan and I recorded a vlog straight after about how we are feeling. We then took part in a breathing session organised by  Kevin and delivered by Brian via Zoom. This session lasted 30 mins and was a  great to help us relax and concentrate just on our breathing ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฟ

This mile was dedicated to the incredible nurses at Macmillan who worked with my Dad and the family in his last few weeks.

Macmillan Nurses are qualified nurses with specialist qualifications and skills in cancer care. Their role is to support patients and their families through diagnosis and treatment. They also advise on aspects of care when treatment is for comfort and not cure, which is known as palliative care.

Mile 16 ๐Ÿ’ซ Lessons I have learned throughout my life

Fastest mile..the rain came down at 3am. Drank the coconut edition sugar free  coconut and berry flavour. Really nice taste. 

Feeling good. Used the muscle recovery machine, before the next mile. Legs felt good. Had some wine gums from Brett, lifesaver! I had been craving Haribo sweets for like hours! So it was just the best feeling to have them. All set for the next mile now ๐Ÿ˜

Mile 20 - Run Grateful family

Starting to feel lethargic and making use of the  sleeping bag and blanket. Closing my eyes and trying to stretch bit by bit. Been wearing strata 4 with stance socks most runs.

Mile 22 - ๐Ÿ’ซ Black Girls Do Run UK

Feeling alert,  Hasan has been djing for a few miles now and that is really lifting the mood. Had an espresso and ate 2 pieces of pitta..finished the espresso not the pitta. Want something didn't know what... so went for something warm. My usual go to for hot drinks is Nestle Double Choc Mocha ๐Ÿ˜‹. This is the 2nd time in my life that I have had an espresso, the first time being only 2 weeks ago on a long run with Ray @rai2176.  I was cold and needed a small hot drink (hot chocolate drinks don't come that small ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฟ‍♀️). 

This mile was dedicated to the wonderful ladies of Black girls do run. In April 2019, Tasha Thompson founded Black Girls Do Run UK with two friends, 'a small running family who are all about encouraging, inspiring and motivating' Black women to run, jog, and take part in events. Tasha has created a community for members to find support, motivation, and most importantly, fun, in the sport they so love. 
I had the pleasure of spending time with ladies on a run in Regents Park recently.

Mile 26 - ๐Ÿ’ซGrowth mindset

Before the final mile, I took a walk around the track to reflect on the experience and actually let it all sink in.  The people, the atmosphere, the support, the stories told, the laughter and of course the running and gratitude. 

Those of us running completed our 4 laps and then joined a member of the Run Grateful family on their walk around to finish off and support each other. It was a fitting final laps to what the event was all about. We then walked back and received some final words from Mark with a lovely surprise of a medal.
Before the event I didn't even know we would receive a medal so it was a lovely touch to get this.

More Memories

Hasan enjoing another Moju ginger shot!

What am I grateful for?
Great to see Mollie! Last saw each other at the beginning of the year... funny enough on another athletics track๐Ÿ˜Š

My namesake @Katrina.runs. Kat is a phenomenal human and a great person to be around. Lots of singing, laughter and dancing๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฟ‍♀️. Of course we both love colours and Goodr sunglasses.

 We sure had lots of laughter and moments in the man size tent! Cosy too for sure.

GORGEOUS medal ๐Ÿ˜
Ice bath moments for many, NOT me. I love warm and hot water. Couldn't even handle a cold shower๐Ÿคฃ.

Hasan having his photo taken by Cameron, our camera guy๐Ÿ˜Š
Final mile ❤❤❤

Final words

So hard to put the 24 hours into words.  An experience I will forever hold close to my heart. I appreciate each and every person I met, who willingly shared their story with us all and for all the people behind the scenes who made the event possible. I know Liz was gutted not to be there but I am sure will meet one day. Thank you Liz and Mark for all you do to help others and the community. We are blessed and appreciate you. I hope I get to meet each and everyone of you again in the future to run another grateful mile. As Mark says 'Gratitude always win'

Really happy to have shared this experience with Hasan. He really doesn't know how much inspiration people take from his journey. 

Everyone has a story. It might or might not be a love story. It could be a story of dreams, friendship, hope, survival or even death. And every story is worth telling. But more than that, it’s worth living. - Savi Sharma

People need stories. Stories of love, hope, survival, wisdom and sometimes pain. Maybe you don’t tell them the full truth; maybe you tell them lies. But what is this world? A lie in itself. - Savi Sharma


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