Running: okay okay, everybody’s heard of exercise and the benefits of it, but how many people enjoy it? I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I drink protein shakes, green juices and whatever other vegetable I haven’t heard of; but I do something. I run not because I want to reach a certain shape or size. I exercise because for me, it is the most empowering thing I can do.
I’m a runner, I have been since the February 2014. I have encountered a few different injuries, ran a few races and currently am training for a half marathon next March. I started running in a really difficult period of my life and that is why it’s so significant to me. That’s why I still do it to this day. I didn’t run because I wanted to lose weight, I did it because my self-esteem was at an all-time low and I feel on top of the world running.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a pair of size 30H cups attached to my chest, sometimes it’s a bit of a pain. It also means I get the odd bit of sexual harassment and heckling on the street every now and then from builders (I know how stereotypical is that?), but it doesn’t stop me. I feel like I’m running against the odds, I have a full time job, out of the house between 7am and don’t get home until 7pm. As I said, every excuse. But running against the odds is awesome.
I run on my lunch-break, and whilst I can’t run for long in my lunch break (30 mins at most), it acts as my reset button. My energy levels droop midday honestly, running is my reset button. It allows me to reset my mood (if I’m in a bad one), up my energy levels and start a positive mood.
I can also say a big ‘fuck you’ to every person that has doubted me, every person that has abused me and also it’s pretty satisfying defying the odds with these melons strapped to my chest.
I’m Eleanor, a UK Manchester based Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger. I write about beauty products, feminism, mental health and my adventures in the big city of MCR.