January 150 Mile Challenge Update

After three days on the sidelines due to illness I started running again yesterday. 8.1 miles yesterday and 7.2 miles today bring me up to 60 miles in total for the month so far. Which has me back on schedule to attain my target of 150 miles in January. Running to me is mentally beneficial as much as physical. It does wonders for my high stress levels and low self esteem. A running Stephen is certainly a happier Stephen.

I will post occasional running stories throughout the year. I don’t want to become a running bore (which I am prone to do) but running is part of me and part of my story. So it would feel odd if I didn’t write about it now and again. In a previous blogging existence I wrote about nothing else. But that blog was all about my ego and craving attention for all the wrong reasons. When I write about running now I do so in order to promote the benefits of healthy exercise to those struggling with addiction, depression or other mental health issues.

It costs nothing and it’s given me renewed life and freedom. Four years ago I weighed over 15 stone in weight and could barely run the length of myself. I’m now three stone lighter and ran my seventh marathon last November. I plan to run more this year. If I can do it then so can anyone. All you need is a little bit of ability and a whole lot of determination. Dreams can become reality. All you need to do is wake up and take that first step.

Keep running your race. Wherever it takes you,

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

21 thoughts on “January 150 Mile Challenge Update

  1. Hey! I’ve noticed your blog for a while now but only recently followed you. From what I’ve seen of your blog, I really like it, so I nominated you for the Liebster Award πŸ˜„ I mentioned you in my most recent post.


  2. Really nice to see your running stories. I started running last August, and I am just loving it! So much wonder and joy. Yesterday I got up to 6 km, and hoping to work on 7 km for the rest of January. I have had to work hard, as I am not a natural runner, but it’s becoming more and more natural as I go. If you ever want to see my stories, I have started writing some about running, and they are on my http://www.awayinautumn.com blog under the category Sole Stories πŸ™‚ Best of luck with your future running journeys.


      1. I do mostly bodyweight stuff at home (yoga, pilates, HIIT workouts, other cardio). YouTube has some amazing workouts and wonderful instructors. I did run a lot in college but can’t do road running now…bad for my knees.


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