I realise the picture and the title don't really match up.
The picture is from Movember 2019 in Nottingham where I was joined on stage by one of the Movember Ambassadors sporting a marvellous 'Mo', mine still had a way to go plus the chin bit had grown back. (yes that is Batmans house in the background again)
Today is now May, and the weather has somewhat imporved, even if we are all still working from home, furloughed, social distancing etc.
My Movembers Miles for Mates was a bit slower today (44.06), partly due to the warmer weather and partly due to me catching up with a friend during the first 2k.
The physical activity of the challenge, which is a pretty big challenge for me, is great for your mental health, also good for me, but in addition it is really important to keep speaking to epople.
Making a conection, having a catch up on the phone can make a difference to your own mental health and the others.
Since Lockdown started I have been looking at ways to keep myseflf motivated and catching up with other.
Zoom, is my new friend, something I had never used before. Yes I have done conference calls for work, and the occasional Skype call with friends overseas. But now I am finding lots of different ways to use Zoom.
We started with a weekly quiz, just a few people to see how it could work, and now we get around 20 teams each week, with lots of regulars. Yes someone has to win, but its much more about being with other people and a shared, communal activity.
Next up was a Saturday night party, with a bit of dancing,, laughter and a surprising about of 'disco; lights that people just seem to have at home, either that or Amazon did some speedy deliveries.
We even tried a radio show, but that one still needs work. The content was great, the technology not so!
We had coffee with friends in the 'cafe', trips to the 'pub' and even birthday celebrations with cake and candles. One memory will be seeing my neices face as she blew out the candle through the screen....now thats magic.
Whatever you do, keep talking to people. Ask 'How are you?" and if necessary ask again - sometimes people just need to be asked.
There is still time to join me as part of Movember's Miles for Mates - its not about how fast, or slow you go - sign up at thefixevents.com/movembers-miles-for-mates
Goto to dash - a quiz wont write itself!
After 24 years of helping others to achieve their running goals - it is now my time.