Hello, I'm Bethan.
As a runner and a blogger I strive to be not only physically fit, but also mentally fit.
Running has inspired me during some of my darkest times, and motivated me to challenge myself more than I though possible. Since I took up running three years ago I've run two marathons and countless shorter distances. I've made some amazing friends, upturned my life and never looked back. Heading out on my first run was a daunting moment, I remember tentatively running around back streets after dark so no one would see me. Thank goodness I did, as facing that fear has empowered me endlessly.
I believe in talking about everything. I am honest and share my life openly on my blog and social media, talking about everything from my training to how I manage my mental health. My honesty and openness has helped me to create a community connected by shared experiences, support and a love of movement. It's this community that inspires me to do more, I mean it seriously crossed my mind to film my smear test, just because some of you told me the process scared you! While I didn't quite do that, it's this community that inspired the launch of The Mental Health Podcast - the podcast that aims to end the stigma around mental health.
Although running had to take a backseat while I studies for an MSc in Sport Management (it turns out working and studying takes up a lot of time), 2018 is going to be a big year! I'm currently training for my biggest adventure yet - running from London to Brighton! Along the way I'll be running London Winter Run, Brighton Half Marathon and Edinburgh Marathon.
I live with my boyfriend Mike in London and when I'm not running I work as a civil servant and write regularly for a range of print and digital publications.