25–26 Jan 2025 327 days to go! #RunShow

Izzy Harvey

I always loved sports as a child, swimming, tennis, hockey but then when I went to university I didn’t maintain these and my lifestyle became quite unhealthy, although I enjoyed every minute of embracing the student ways out the other side I wanted to get fit and healthy again.

Not having much money I decided running was the best option and through the summer holidays I went from being able to manage just 2km to running 12km with ease. Every since I have continued to love the freedom and mind space running gives me and have used it to stay fit during my time travelling the world; New Zealand, Australia, Greece, Spain to name a few places. I joined a running club when I could and entered into local 10km races. I also challenged myself to a half marathon and exceeded an expected time I had, driven by the atmosphere and adrenaline of it all.

I love that running can take so many different forms, solo or in groups, races, long runs, short runs, interval training… it’s impossible to get board and with a pair of trainers available it can be done anywhere anytime no money or schedule needed. I would encourage anyone to give it a go, I know it’s not for everyone but the variety and community these days it’s hard not to find something to suit you and people to share the experience with.