Head of HR for Jarrold, Laura's Story
The benefits of running reach much further than just aiding physical health, with many finding regular runs a great help in improving mental wellbeing.
As we come to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, we caught up with Team Jarrold member and Head of HR, Laura London to find out how running has helped with her own mental health.
Do you have any running experience?
I initially started running to help manage the depression and anxiety I had been facing, and have now been running on and off for the last 10 years. For me running has become a very mindful activity, allowing me to switch off whilst also gaining a real sense of achievement at the end, which I find definitely helps with my well-being!
I am lucky enough to live in the countryside and run in some beautiful places. My runs tend to be on country roads, with my favourite route taking me past an alpaca farm...I’m getting to know the alpacas very well!
Why are you taking part in Run Norwich 2019?
The opportunity to support the Jarrold 250 Initiative and local charities through my running has been my main motivation to take part in Run Norwich 2019. However, I have also taken part in Run Norwich for the past 2 years and both times ran the course in 1 hour and 1 minute. So this year I really want to challenge myself to get rid of that minute!
What is your training plan?
My basic plan is to complete one long run every week, ensuring it is a nice hilly one to prepare me for the Run Norwich route! I have been combining this with a couple of shorter runs during the week to help build up my speed.
This year I will be running with both of my sisters, so we have been supporting each other with motivational messages over WhatsApp to ensure we all keep up with our training!
Have you faced any challenges?
I really struggle with running in the heat and as Run Norwich takes place in July, I am making sure I run in the sunshine as much as possible to prepare, whilst remembering sunscreen and keeping hydrated.
As I have taken part in Run Norwich before, I know how fantastic the atmosphere at the event is and find the thought of this a real help when facing challenges in my training. I think once you have taken part once, you can’t help but want to be part of it again and again!