Megan is a runner, writer and adventurer from Manchester, UK.
Megan in her own words:
“I’m a relentless optimist who always tries to say yes to living life to the fullest. I was born hearing impaired, I am completely deaf in my left ear and partially hearing impaired in my right ear.
In 2018, during one of the hottest heatwaves Britain has ever had, I ran from John O’Groats to Land’s End completely unsupported, becoming the youngest woman to do so. I covered around 1000 miles in 40 days and I’m now writing a book about it.
I believe in being good and kind, I believe in saying yes and I believe in the power of positivity.”
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Moving to the Peak District, UK
Growing up in Manchester
Not really being that into sports at school
Going to University in Wales
Falling in love with the outdoors
Stepping outside her comfort zone
Getting to know new people
Getting into running
Signing up for the Manchester 10 Km
Suffering a bad ankle injury
Going through a difficult break-up
Getting back into running after university
Signing up to the Chester half marathon and the Manchester Marathon
Loving running and deciding to run across the country
Enjoying the process of running
Deciding to run from John O’Groats to Lands End - the length of the UK
The strategy for the run and wanting to camp at the start
Figuring out the accommodation for the route
Wanting to follow trails and try to avoid the roads as much as possible
Feeling excited during the planning stage
When reality for the challenge hit and starting to feel overwhelmed
Reaction from friends and family
Being hearing impaired and not being able to hear out of her left ear
Fears and concerns before the run
Being focused and dedicated to the challenge
The start line! The top of the UK at John O’Groats
Running with a hearing impairment
The physical, mental and emotional challenges of the run
Dealing with her period on the run
The challenges of doing it solo and being alone
A challenging day down in Cornwall
Keeping the motivation going during dark times
Letting things go and staying in the present
Managing her period during the challenge
The financial costs involved
How the run has changed things afterwards
Dealing with trauma and an iron deficiency
Writing about the challenge and the struggles involved
Final words of advice
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