Recently a Bearsden group of the well established Run Talk Run movement was established, building a community of people who want to complete 5k and find a safe place to talk about how they're feeling.
We caught up with Alison Frith, founder of the Bearsden group which meets on Monday nights at 6.20pm at the Milngavie and Bearsden Men's Shed in George V park.
My name is Alison Frith and I'm a physiotherapist living in Bearsden and working in the Renal Unit in the QEUH. I'm enjoy running myself and as a physio am very aware of the benefits exercise has on both physical and mental health. It's been a difficult year for everyone and the ward I was working in was a Covid ward and while it was very stressful at times I realised the benefits of getting out to work every day and been able to talk to my colleagues. A lot of people were stuck inside during lockdown without that break from the home and ability to chat to other people and share their feelings and anxieties.
I initially heard about Run Talk Run through the Runpod pod cast and then found out a physio colleague of mine, Jamie had set one up in Glasgow. (There are now two in Glasgow, one in the Southside and one West End.) I posted the idea on a local facebook group and got an incredibly supportive response and this prompted me to find out more and with support of Run Talk Run I set up the group a few weeks ago. I felt it was a good time with lighter nights coming in and with lockdown restrictions easing slightly it was possible to get people together in an outdoor setting.
To anyone thinking about joining but worried about not being able to run fast or far enough I would say it doesn't matter, come along!
Run Talk Run is a gentle jog open to all abilities where there is no pressure to 'keep up' with a certain pace. We are not here for a competitive work out - we are here for the conversation and to connect with our community. If you need to walk some of the route, that's ok! Running has had such a positive effect my mental health and there is a real sense of camaraderie to be gained from running in a group. Completing a run is always an achievement and I always feel much better after a run, especially a group run.
To anyone thinking of coming along I'm going to steal a quote the founder of Run Talk Run Jessica Robson put on Instagram . 'You don't have to be fast enough, chatty enough, smiley enough, fit enough, runner enough, ill enough, well enough, you are enough just as you are so come just as you are'.
We'll be getting our trainers on and going along on 10th May during Mental Health Awareness Week to give it a go.