The May 50K officially started just a few days ago. That means my practice runs are wiped off the board, and we're starting the 50km target from May 1st til May 31st!
I've just logged another 4km run today, so I have about 42km to go for the rest of the month.
The May 50K is raising funds for research for Multiple Sclerosis. Its a condition that hits close to home for me because I work with patients who have MS. Its such a varying condition, some people have few flares and mostly manageable symptoms, where others have constant symptoms and complications.
The days are getting colder and wetter, so that doesn't exactly make it an enticing environment for running, but I'm finding that once I do actually get going, its quite good. I like the challenge, and I know I need the fitness.
The thing I enjoy most about the running is afterwards. I know I bang on about this to patients, but honestly, the endorphins that flow after exercise is pretty magical. The running itself can feel hard physically and mentally, but almost as soon as I stop I feel that nice shower of reward brain chemistry, and I feel like "perhaps I could do that again!"
As a team, the Myotherapists for MS are doing quite well. Mat Richardson from Tecoma Myotherapy has set himself a double goal of 100km for May. He's just a fantastic guy and brilliant therapist, who I am very lucky to have close by to throw ideas around with and lern from his many many years of industry experience. Rhianna Bridgett from The Wellness Nest in Docklands has set herself the goal of 50km walking. I'm a bit not-so-secretly a fan girl - she's one of my lecturers at Endeavour College for my Bachelor degree in Myotherapy, and one of the most amazingly hard working, genuine people I've been lucky enough to meet.
Some days the lockdown isolation is really getting to me, as I'm sure it is for most people. I'm so glad to have The May 50K to focus on right now, so I can still feel like I'm doing something to help patients with Multiple Sclerosis, even if its not providing actual treatment.
I'm very much looking forward to being able to reopen soon when the restrictions lift!
For now, follow my running efforts on our Facebook page, and if you can, we would love your support by donating to help us achieve our team goal of raising $1500 for MS Research this month!
Mel is a Myotherapist based in Ferntree Gully.