Physical activity has never been more important – both mentally and physically. As you may have seen across our socials, the BSMNT Running & Cycle clubs have been set multiple challenges this year, and we wanted to check-in with two participants and see how they were getting along completing the tough tasks. Meet Tyler and Yasmine.
What does running/cycling mean to you?
Tyler: For me, running is the best most simple way of exercising and so I think its great. You don’t need any fancy equipment or memberships and you are in full control of how far, how fast or how long you run for.
Yasmine: Cycling really means a lot to me as it gives me a sense of achievement and goals to work towards, it gives me time to think and breath the fresh air and some one on one me time.
What was the hardest part of your challenge?
Tyler: The hardest part of my challenge was the final 4 miles, my lungs felt fine but my feet and legs were in a LOT of pain. This was also where I started question whether or not I could even complete the challenge. Luckily I kept pushing on.
Yasmine: Planning my route and not getting lost as well as bringing enough water and snacks.
How has the activity helped you mentally and physically?
Tyler: With everything going on over the last year, running has helped me stay in shape whilst gyms were closed and sports were cancelled. But most importantly running helped me clear my mind and be present at a time when my mental health has been challenged by anxiety and lack of motivation.
Yasmine: In August 2020 I had ACL reconstruction surgery a cycling allowed me to regain strength in my knee and give me more confidence in my abilities.
What have you implemented in day to day life that you have learned from running/cycling?
Tyler: Consistency. The more consistent I am with my running the better times I get. Ive taken this over in to other parts of my life and it’s come in super handy when trying to learn new skills. Just be consistant with things and the results will come. Its also helped me to focus on a single thing at a time.
Yasmine: Sometimes I don’t want to get up and go cycle but I know that afterwards I’ll feel so much better, it’s all about just starting, once you get going it’s easy.
When you started did you think you would cover the distances that you have done?
Tyler: I only got back in to running at the beginning of lockdown and i’d have never of thought i’d be able to run a half marathon. But I kept consistent and even though the furthest I had ever run is 6 miles, I couldn’t turn down the challenge!
Yasmine: When I first started cycling after surgery I could only do 7km in 20 minutes before collapsing into a hyperventilating mess.
Have you bought any products that have helped you with your sport?
Tyler: The Nike React Infinity have helped me with my running! I would recommend for anyone that’s heavy like me, the cushioning is 10/10.
Yasmine: I bought a Tacx Neo 2T, which is a type of indoor turbo trainer, it meant no excuses for cold rainy days as I could cycle indoors whenever I wanted to.
Firsty we’d like to thank Tyler (@tbushman) and Yasmine (@y.asminei) for recording their challenges, and taking the time to speak to you, and a massive thank you to everyone who is part of the BSMNT Running and Cycle Clubs. If you’d like to attempt the May challenges and be in with a chance of winning some special prizes, the links are below.
Remember you need to be a member of the respective club BEFORE you join the challenge so we can keep track of your progress.
Running Challenge: https://www.strava.com/challenges/May-Running-Challenge-2021/
Cycling Challenge: https://www.strava.com/challenges/May-Cycling-Challenge-2021