Mellissa is our Website and Social Media Manager and is running the London Marathon in October 2021.
I started running again during the first UK lockdown. I’d run in the past and really loved it, but, having two small children and working meant I had little time (and far too many excuses) not to get back out there. Lockdown meant more time but also, I found that getting outside daily really helped my mental health. For the first time, I noticed the impact of exercise on my mood and started to look forward to running in the evening after putting the children to bed.
The opportunity to run the London Marathon for Read Easy UK came up and I went for it thinking I’d start training properly early in 2021. Unfortunately, I went a bit too far too fast and in March started physio for severe knee pain, which turned out to be overuse relating to my left IT band. I’m over that now, working through a few more niggles and following a more realistic training programme!
This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I knew I’d have to train, but wasn’t quite prepared, as a beginner, for the strain long-distance training can put on your body. As well as finding the time to fit everything in! But, Read Easy is such a fantastic charity to work for and I’m so happy to have the chance to do something to help raise money that will go towards setting up new groups, supporting new Reading Coaches and ultimately reaching more adults who need support with learning to read.
I’ll be at the starting line whatever it takes!
Update: We’re delighted to share that Mellissa completed the London Marathon, raising £1,060 for Read Easy. Thank you so much to everyone that donated!