Inspiring Runner: Natalie Kyriacou
The dark pit of despair that is depression had it's grip tightly on Natalie. A goal to run The OMTOM 2015 Half Marathon was the guiding light out of the darkness. See how Natalie's journey into the running world saved her...
I thank OMTOM for being the light at the end of the tunnel for me. I went through years of deep, dark depression, and I very nearly didn't make it back into the light. I felt hopeless and useless.
In May 2014 I found strength and discovered hope, happiness, love, and belief in myself!
I decided to set a goal: Run the Two Oceans Half Marathon in April 2015. I hadn't run very much since finishing school in 2001; only very casually and not very often. I certainly couldn't run more than 500m without stopping for breath, but I was determined to prove to myself that I could permanently overcome my fear, anxiety and lack of self worth.
I would not back down on a promise to myself. So I joined K-WAY VOB running club, and launched myself into training. It was quite an experience, feeling my strength increase, physically, mentally and emotionally. The 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon was my first race of anything...Ever!
I finished in 2 hours and 43 minutes! Words can't express how proud I am of myself for accomplishing this. I have run several races since. I have entered the 2016 OMTOM Half Marathon and I am beyond excited, and ready!
Never be afraid to talk about your depression. Speak to someone. Get help!