Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

My Runs Are Still Slow and Not Pretty, but I Have a Smile on My Face

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

My Runs Are Still Slow and Not Pretty, but I Have a Smile on My Face

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The incredible image of Dawn Nisbet finishing her local parkrun in last place was an inspiration to many. The sheer sweaty joy and beaming smile encouraged many others to get out and exercise. It was an image that was shared around the world and got more than 10,000 likes. A year after that image was taken by photographer Val Lovatt what was the impact on Dawn, 42, an NHS business manager from Oldham? It's quite a story.

"THE change has been epic and has had an effect on countless people who interacted with me.

Having been overweight and mostly inactive for many years, along with having a full-time job and being a mum and wife, I lost my sense of self somewhere along the way and ended up with low self-confidence.

Well that's changed for sure. This lady who couldn't run up the stairs without being out of breath has now done three 10k runs. None were booked under my own volition, rather it was others having faith in me that led to me thinking 'if they think I can do it, maybe I can'.

I have not turned into some mega athlete, my runs are still slow, sweaty, often not pretty. There is still some walking in there, but I do it usually with a smile on my face.

This lady run up the being out of now done runs Dawn So far this year I have covered 600km either running or horseriding, and plan to continue to show what can be achieved if you just make small changes.

I have seen some physical changes in myself, not as profound as some would expect. I've lost two dress sizes, but the most profound changes are not in butt size or the size of jeans but in my happiness.

I used to look in the mirror and think I would be happy if I were thin, almost putting my life and happiness on hold. I now realise it was never 'thin' that would make me happy, but rediscovering what made me happy.

So the before and after picture would be the size of the smile on my face and the infectious spirit I have to support others to find their 'happy'. Not who couldn't stairs without breath has three 10k enough is championed about the impact on mental wellbeing of physical activity but I am living (and running) proof of that.

Nisbet Not every day is happy and positive, but what is different now is I have the skills and ability to get myself back on track. …

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