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Article: Running for Wellbeing: 3 Stories From Our Community

Running for Wellbeing: 3 Stories From Our Community
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Running for Wellbeing: 3 Stories From Our Community

As we navigate through the year, the novelty of New Year's resolutions may start to dwindle for some of us. However, for others, these resolutions have become habits, seamlessly integrated into daily routines. Regardless of where you find yourself on this spectrum, we've got something to help reignite that spark. 

Beyond the busy streets and peaceful trails, the people who lace up their shoes and hit the road have stories that prove the power of the human spirit.

In this article, we’re showcasing some inspirational stories from active members of our community who have transformed their lives through running. Their journeys are filled with valuable insights, motivational highs, and practical tips that just might be the fuel you need to kick-start or maintain your running motivation.

Remember, it's never too late to start, reset, or simply continue on your path towards well-being.

The Healing Power of Running

Running isn't just about physical motion—it's a journey of mental transformation, resilience and perseverance for many. 

The motivation to run is multifaceted. On one hand, it's about pushing physical limits, setting personal records, and achieving milestones. But running is more than that. It offers profound psychological benefits too. It's a sanctuary for introspection, a way to process thoughts and escape the daily grind, easing stress, lifting spirits, and boosting mental well-being.

In fact, in a recent poll on Runner's World Twitter, a whopping 90.5% of respondents said the main reason that they run is to take care of their mental well-being.

Community Stories

Meet Pauline, Jordan, and Sarah - members of the Eresos community from different parts of the UK. Although they come from diverse backgrounds and have different daily lives, they all have one thing in common - the incredible influence that running has had on their mental well-being.

Keep reading to discover more about their stories!

 

Pauline's journey

@pauline_amumthatruns

Q: Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

A: I live in Angus in Scotland. I'm a single mum of 4 boys, I work as a carer with elderly residents and residents with dementia - I absolutely love my job! My favourite hobby is, of course, running.

Q: What age did you start running?

A: I did my first half marathon in 2015 then started running again May 2022.

Q: What inspired you to start running?

A: I struggled with Post Natal Depression and wanted to do better for myself and my boys. I remembered how good running made me feel and started again. I haven't looked back since.

Q: What's been your greatest running achievement?

A: Most recently I started trail running and finding big hills to climb with stunning views. I've definitely found a bigger love for running doing that. It's more exciting and the views are so worth it.

Q: Can you describe the feeling you get after finishing a run?

A: The feeling can't be beat! It's a sense of achievement and self-satisfaction. Knowing you've got out there today and got some miles in. You will never regret a run.

Q: Can you explain your favourite recovery routine after a long run?

A: Once I get home I run a hot bath with salts and bubbles. I make a recovery shake and have a good soak. Afterwards, I give my legs a good rub with the Eresos muscle balm to help soothe any aches and pains. Then I make something nice to eat and chill if I can.

Q: What is one tip for staying motivated during a hard run?

A: Music is my big go-to, and also - keep smiling! Walk if you need too as well.

Q: What impact has running had on your mental health?

A: Running has literally saved my life. I wasn't in a good place but getting outside and exercising had made a huge difference. I was also able to stop taking my antidepressants. I've also made some amazing friends and fellow runners who all support each other.

Q: Do you have any tips for someone who would like to start running?

A: Take your time and build up slowly. The walk-run method is the best way to start. If you run beside trees for example, run from one to the other then walk to the next one and repeat. Strength training as well as running will help prevent injury. Have fun and enjoy it.

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Jordans Journey

@runningfordad

Q: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
A:I live in Brighton, with 2 children. I’m a supply chain manager for a medical research company.
Q: What age did you start running?
A: 31
Q: What inspired you to start running?
A: I began running when I was told the devastating news that my dad had terminal cancer. I’ve been running for five years now, and I still put in forty to fifty mile weeks because it gives me an outlet and makes me feel strong and prepared to face whatever obstacle life presents!
Q: What’s been your greatest running achievement?
A: Running the London Marathon for Flora, in a campaign where I got to train with Paula Radcliffe before the race.
Q: Can you describe the feeling you get after finishing a run?
A: Energised, and ready to take on whatever life throws at me!!!!
Q: Please can you explain your favourite recovery routine after a long run?
A: Stretch out, shower, CBD cream and a protein shake.
Q: What is one tip for staying motivated during a hard run?
A: Do it for the people who can’t! Whether I go for a run or not is a choice, for others, it isn’t...
Q: What impact has running had on your mental health?
A: My mental health has greatly improved as a result of running! When I realised that my dad only had days left to live, I was at my lowest point in life since I couldn’t envision my life without him. The best thing I could do in a terrible situation was to run a marathon in celebration of his life and raise thousands of pounds for the hospice that cared for him!
Q: Do you have any tips for someone who would like to start running?
A: Start easy; if you’re just getting started, just go outside and sprint from lamppost to lamppost. Then, walk to the next lamppost and repeat. I also highly recommend the couch to 5k. That’s how I began my journey! No fancy gear, clothes, or shoes needed! Running doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive!

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Sarahs Journey

@sarahlouisepratt

Q: Can you tell us about yourself?

A: I have lived in Durham for three years now after working overseas for a tour company for the previous 22 years. I have two springers who I spend a lot of time walking. I do Muay Thai training three times a week. I enjoy being outside, walking, running, and hiking. I've been married for 23 years.

Q: What age did you start running?

A: 37.

Q: What inspired you to start running?

A: I wanted to lose weight and started by walking on the machine at the gym.

Q: What's been your greatest running achievement?

A: I've been doing the run every day challenge and I'm currently on day 90. Although I don't always run a lot each day, it's been great just keeping going. Recently, I ran 31km, which is my biggest distance. I'm trying to train for an ultra in 2024.

Q: Can you describe the feeling you get after finishing a run?

A: It's such a great feeling, a huge adrenaline rush, and a feeling that this is the greatest moment right now.

Q: Please, can you explain your favourite recovery routine after a long run?

A: I love to stretch and have a long bath, then apply muscle recovery balm.

Q: What is one tip for staying motivated during a hard run?

A: I always talk to myself, telling myself I CAN do this. Sometimes I listen to music.

Q: What impact has running had on your mental health?

A: It's helped so much. It's reduced my stress levels, makes me feel good, and has made me feel better about myself.

Q: Do you have any tips for someone who would like to start running?

A: Just start slowly, even with just walking, and then run 100 meters and go again. You can never go too slow.

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These inspiring stories from three dedicated runners highlight the transformative power of running on physical and mental wellbeing. Achieving personal milestones, dealing with life's challenges, and combating mental health issues, each of our runners shares a common thread of resilience and determination. 

We're delighted to note that our Active Muscle Therapy Balm plays an essential role in their recovery routines. The balm, developed with athletes in mind, aids in soothing aches and pains, aiding faster recovery and enabling our runners to stay consistent and motivated in their running journeys.

For a deeper dive into how our Active Muscle Therapy Balm works and how it can enhance your post-run recovery, continue reading below.

Key Benefits of the Active Muscle Therapy Balm

Relief from Muscle Aches

The balm's carefully selected natural ingredients, like arnica, eucalyptus and CBD go to work, providing that effective cooling sensation to help ease muscular aches.

Key Ingredients

We all agree that what we put on our bodies is as vital as what we put in them. Our balm is rich in natural ingredients chosen for their healing and restorative properties.

Quick Absorption Formula

Designed for convenience, our balm is swiftly absorbed, ensuring you experience its effect without feeling like you've just greased up for the night's sleep.

Infused with Botanical Science

We combine nature with science, infusing our balm with botanicals that have a rich tradition of healing. It’s more than a balm; it's a fusion of ancient wisdom and modern technology!

 

Application for Best Results

  1. Apply a small amount of the balm to your fingers and rub it on the areas that need relief.
  2. Massage in a circular motion to boost circulation and help the balm penetrate the muscles.
  3. Feel the balm work its magic, and know that you're taking the right step towards recovery.

Whether you're racing the clock, the distance, or your doubts, embrace the healing touch of our balm and let nothing slow your stride. To get you started, we're giving you 20% off your next Muscle Balm order with the code 'RUN20' - valid until the end of Feb!

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