Here’s Sadaf, 41 from Birmingham. Before she came across our running project, Sadaf says she never believed she could become a runner and struggled to run for 30 seconds without feeling out of breath. Here’s her running story…
“I was feeling really stressed so I began walking with friends in the neighbourhood as a way to relax and lose weight when we encountered local activator Taz Parvaz at our park.
“We enquired about running as Taz was leading a group and he welcomed us to that running group in an amicable way.
“The fact that it’s free helped me decide to come along and pluck up the courage to get involved. After all, I had nothing to lose from trying it out.
“Running has made me feel happier and helped me find friends from my local area. My running group is great. We are comfortable with each other and understand that we all have different running abilities. The social aspect of running is amazing and it is something I look forward to every week.
“The run leaders are there to help and support everyone by motivating and encouraging the group to persevere, helping to change any doubts you had before about running.
“Running makes you fitter, stronger and happier. Your life problems might not go away but running makes you feel better about yourself and your outlook of the world becomes more positive. Well that’s how it makes me feel at least!”
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