Who am I?
My name is Nicole, I’m 26 and I am Jamaican.
How I got started?
I am a postgraduate Public Health student at the University of Sheffield. In April of this year, I volunteered to be apart of the University’s fundraising team. I got a collection tin, and I went around telling everyone that I was going to do the half marathon, and I would love if they could support the cause. For my first half marathon, I did not do much training, I think it was naivety. I managed to complete the course, but I was more traumatised, if anything. The hills of Sheffield, the frigid conditions, it was a though half marathon.
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No Intention for my Degree to be a Conversation Piece
I think being in public health, I am exposed to a lot of statistics. And unfortunately, most statistics are not positive. I think being an international student as well has given me the opportunity to step back and be objective, when it comes to these stats. One of the statistics I remember coming across was, ‘Black adults in the UK are the most likely out of all ethnic groups to be overweight or obese’ (Public Health England, 2018). I was horrified when I read that! I didn’t want this to be my narrative nor for my peers in the BME community. So, I made the decision to I raise awareness about ‘Minority Health Disparities’ in the UK for the remaining 6 months that I had left in my programme. I could show you statistic after statistic about the health status of minorities. But I think actively doing something about it is much better.
The ‘Bling’ Does Help
It does help that we get medals at the end, whether you come first or last. At the moment, I average just under 3 hours and that is with a combination of walking and running during the half marathons. My home country, Jamaica, is renowned for its sprinters! And though I will never be a big league sprinter, I can still be active and get rewarded with the medal!
You can really go places!
I knew I always wanted to go Scotland; I just didn’t know when. I think when you set goals like this for yourself, you will undoubtedly attract some amazing experiences! A lot of logistics goes into doing half marathons, especially one who is on a student budget. For me, Edinburgh Half Marathon was an amazing experience, because I got to see the city, I visited Glasgow as well, and then I topped off the weekend by doing the half marathon. I am sure all the half-marathoners out there can relate to the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction that comes after doing 13.1 miles. The other half marathons have also helped me to see the rest of the UK and meet other runners as well-which is great!
My Own Story
I am obese according to BMI standards. And so I am working to achieve a healthier weight overtime, and this is me trying to reduce my risk of developing lifestyle diseases.