‘Felt Very Powerful’ – Wolf Runner Geno

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 Geno and how she stays active in a gentle way:

‘WiP has massively contributed to my letting go of the trying to control every muscle every moment of the day and allowing my body to rest and soften when it needs to’.

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 Geno

When the email came through about doing the wolf run, I didn’t even question it. Sometimes these things pop up and you know in your bones that you’re going to do it. I’m running because I love getting muddy and knackered and being outdoors, and I love being part of a team – and a Women In Power (WiP) team at that – well, that’s got to be something else. Knowing that we’ll all muck in, get each other to where we need to be, support and help each other and laugh a lot – what a fantastic way to raise a bit of money.

My body feels very different to the way it used to so although I’ve always thrived on exercise I’m having to retrain my body to run without injury. It’s compensating all over the place so it’s good to have this incentive in the context of a community that is so important to me. I think the discipline is the most challenging thing, making sure I actually go for a run and don’t skip the exercises. That I use the muscles that won’t put my body out.

I went bonkers in my 40’s and was a super fit Tough Mudder, Tough Guy endurance assault course junky. I felt very powerful in my body, strong and fit and healthy… AND was in pain all the time. I feared the softness. WiP has massively contributed to my letting go of the trying to control every muscle every moment of the day and allowing my body to rest and soften when it needs to. And my mind has followed. I’m almost giddy thinking about getting down and muddy with you all and all the wider support!

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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