Running like a Survivor

How I ran a marathon after beating my eating disorder… and completely loved it

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Ask yourself if your mind-set has changed

My friends and I knew that I was ready to take on a Marathon because my mind-set towards exercise had completely changed. I exercise for fun and I knew that training would not be dangerous for me, partly because the reason I wanted to run so badly in the first place was for a charity close to my heart, MyAware and not for other, potentially triggering, reasons.

Take it step by step

You do not have to over-exercise, wear yourself down or become exhausted during Marathon training. If you give yourself enough time to train with a sensible plan you absolutely can take it very slowly, increasing your distances moderately week-by-week.

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Treat yourself

Treating yourself well is the backbone of training. Make sure you’re eating more than enough, with more snacks and bigger portions than you’re used to. Plan treats for when you’ve gone on big runs, make sure that you make carbohydrates a priority, and take a lot of baths.

Drop out if you have to

A spokesperson for B-eat said: “Please do put your health first and don’t take part in any fundraising activity or training which could put your health and wellbeing in jeopardy… Please do not undertake any fundraising activity which could harm your health or jeopardise your recovery.”

Enjoy the process!

Make sure that you savour and enjoy the build-up to the race. Marathon training is a truly unique and pretty strange undertaking. Enjoy the fresh air and don’t take the amazing journey for granted.

Queer writer and journalist | (she/her) | London |

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