Hi, I'm Han and I blog at Wellness & Wander, and I will be taking part in, and blogging about Samarathon this July! I support Samaritans because when I was at university suffering from anxiety and depression, I called Samaritans who kept me safe. I will always be grateful for their services which save lives every day.
Han, Wellness & Wander
Wellness & Wander blogs
1. Why I'm taking part in Samarathon
Hi everyone! My name is Han, a fitness and mental health blogger based in Kent. In April this year I ran the London Marathon on team Samaritans to help give back to such an important charity.
When I was at university, my anxiety and depression got on-top of me and I found myself calling Samaritans one night when I didn’t know where else to turn. The lady on the other end of the phone kept me safe, got an ambulance out to me, and for that I will always be thankful. So when Samaritans asked me to be their guest blogger and get involved with Samarathon in July I jumped at the chance!
26.2 miles sounds like a lot and quite daunting, but it can easily be split up into smaller chunks and that is exactly what I plan on doing. I will be mixing up my miles with outdoor runs and dog walks with my puppy Dexter to make the most of the summer weather. Where I live in the Kent countryside I am lucky enough to be surrounded by lots of green space and woodland which is great for getting some headspace as well as getting active.
I would love to know how you plan on fitting in your 26.2 miles in July, so feel free to get in touch on my social media platforms - @wellnessnwander. If you have any questions or need some motivation, I would love to help you out!
2. Strength training and fundraising tips
I have officially started training for Samarathon and it is going well so far! One of the main things I learnt whilst training for the London Marathon is that it is important to do some strength training as well as running to help with endurance.
This doesn’t mean you have to go and lift heavy in the gym though! Strength training can be done quickly and easily at home - some examples of exercises are walking lunges, press-ups and sit-ups. You may think to prepare for a running or walking challenge it is all about training your lower body, however, it is important to train your core and arms too.
If you are joining in with Samarathon to help raise money for Samaritans, that is amazing! There are lots of great ideas for fundraising on their website, however, I have always found that a bake sale is the most successful, as who doesn’t love something sweet?!