Today’s post is all about Kat, and her journey towards her goal of achieving a 10km run.
Kat has an inspiring journey to share and we can all learn from her. Despite facing many challenges along her way, Kat has shown amazing commitment to achieving her goal.
Kat has broken down many of the barriers that she had started to believe – the labels that she’d given herself over the years – and her consistency has paid off time and time again proving to herself that she CAN do it.
Below is a quick interview about her current success, and the opportunity to sponsor her if you wish:
Why you’re raising money for charity. Which charity and how can we sponsor you?
R.D.A is a national charity with centres throughout the U.K, all providing riding lessons to those living with a disability.
As a charity they aim to teach horse riding and provide the opportunity for therapy and achievement. In addition to horse riding skills their riders build on their mobility, control, listening skills, co-ordination, self-belief and confidence.
Nationally they have over 18,000 volunteers and over 30,000 participants. My friend Joan has been a volunteer for 40 years ( they have celebrated 50 Yrs. this year) every Wednesday excepting school holidays she has given her time and has been dedicated to to the RDA..
She is an Amazing lady, neighbour and friend, who looks after my 16 year old dog allowing me and my husband to work full time, so I though the least I can do is honour her by dedicating my 10 K run to her charity. Get in touch here if you wish to donate.
Tell us a little about yourself. What is your background in terms of health and fitness?
I am in my late 50’s.
I am a self-employed Holistic therapist ( I also practice dog reiki ) and I have an interest in the connection and evidence of the calming effect animals have on people.
I have not had much experience in any sport and as young child we lived in London and my mum was very weary of us playing outside our flats (I never even learned to ride a bike as a result an still can’t) so the only exercise I received was the 5 flights of steps to our flat without a lift.
I did want to be a dancer but my parents were not able to send me to dance class as I was a twin and she believed it was unfair and too expensive to send me and not my sister. So as Life continued I learned to deal with life’s stresses without any outlet or know how of exercise so I became very badly depressed throughout my life and had always had terrible headaches which required the occasional hospital visit for injections,
Why do you want to run a 10k race? Why Now?
As I moved to to West Wales from London/Cambridge and the family have all grown up I decided to dedicate some time to my own personal well-being and found an amazing PT who has guided me through this challenging 10km run which I will be taking part in on 9th december 2018.
What have you achieved so far?
Every morning from 6am he and I train 2-3 times a week and with his encouragement and dedication today I ran my first practice 10km run.
As a result of my new found hobby and fitness I have not had a single migraine since I started running I am sleeping so much better and have found the wonders of the early morning tranquility and it is amazing.
I never thought I would be able to run as I have done, and although I lacked self-confidence I have has the fab support knowledge and company of my PT.
What has the training been like?
The training I have received has been tough at times I cannot lie.
I have ached and cried along the journey …. But without realising it I have achieved so much … it has been encouraging to have Nico by my side and still be encouraged without being too precious about it as I did used to think I was a little fragile!
I have learned that getting your hair wet and running without a face full of make up has been liberating! L.O.L
What’s your next goal once you’ve done this?
My next goal is to learn to ride a bike and cycle to the Claddue Bridge in Pembroke dock and see the world through the eyes of a cyclist.
I hope I will be able to find a resolution to these awful isolating depression/ and migraines which have kept me housebound and imprisoned in myself which has confirmed what I have always known – that I am and love the outside world!
Me thinks better late than never!
Thank you Nico.
Thanks for sharing this journey with us Kat. It is rewarding to see how far you have come. Good luck with the race on Sunday!
If anyone reading this wishes to donate to the RDA please feel free to get in touch here.