‘Totally out of Reach’ – Wolf Runner Liz

We are a pack of 17 women running the Winter Wolf Run on Sunday 3rd November to raise money for two causes: the mental health charity MIND and the Women in Power (WiP) Bursary Fund. Please read our full story and donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/wip-wolf-run

Today we hear from Liz and how she is feeling about running this distance:

‘I am 49, very unfit and at the moment cannot even run for more than a few minutes…. I have NO idea how I am going to build this up to get to 10k’.

We raise money annually for the WiP Bursary Fund but this year is different; we are running and fundraising in honour of our sister and friend, Jayne Blackman, who died by suicide in 2018. We want to double our fundraising so that we can give to both organisations.

Taking on the Winter Wolf Run is no small feat. Each woman running is doing so for their own personal reasons as well as for our collective goal. We range in age from 5 decades, from different walks of life and represent the power of communal action.

Let’s hear more from Liz

Doing the wolf run feels like a totally out of reach and impossible challenge to me…so I decided to sign up and do it anyway!

I have been relatively lucky in my lifetime with Ok mental health and have never needed to feel like ‘doing life’ can be at times for some people, like an incredibly steep uphill challenge. I feel so grateful for that and therefore want to give myself a physical challenge that represents somehow for me a completely and utterly impossible thing to do! Completely out of reach and completely coming to challenge my identity of who I believe I am and what I can and cannot do. The inner voice says ‘I am not physically able, I am not a runner, I’ll never be able to do this’ …so I am doing it!

I am 49, very unfit and at the moment cannot even run for more than a few minutes…. I have NO idea how I am going to build this up to get to 10k but like most things in life, it begins with a first step and I started the couch to 5k programme today! So here I am committed and wanting to do it with no clue as to whether it’s going to even be possible or not. A good stretch for me.

I am also doing this in memory of Jayne, for MIND, and in solidarity with close family members and close friends who do struggle with mental health. I also want WiP to be fully accessible to more and more women for whom money is a limitation.

Here’s to us and the various challenges we are facing in doing this!

Please donate here https://www.gofundme.com/f/wip-wolf-run and give what you can. For each donation, big or small, we thank you so much for helping us achieve our goal and giving back to organisations creating positive change in the world.

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