Bethan is committed to challenging the way we talk about running to encourage as many people as possible to find joy in the experience. She’s an advocate for pace inclusion, spending time outdoors and living well in the world.
Bethan in her own words:
“I live in South London with my husband Mike, our daughter Evie and Loki the Brussels Griffon in a flat that has views over the whole city.
A few years ago I quit the city and went back to university to work on my PhD and I spend my days researching the representations and identities of women in ultra running in the Sport Business Research Centre at Birkbeck, University of London.
I’ve struggled with my wellbeing and mental health for most of my life. Over the years I’ve found things that have helped make things more manageable and I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learnt to help other people ‘Live Well In The World’.”
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Who is Bethan?
Being a feminist sociologist of sport
Her academic approach to her insights
Having a post modernist feminist perspective
Being an activist with an agenda
Asking questions and wanting to learn and develop her thoughts
Sharing about her life on social media
Her manifesto and how it came about
Managing her mental health
Wanting to live well in the world
Managing the physical and mental stress, rest and energy
Wanting to be content and to enjoy herself
Mindset, gratitude and connection
The benefits of movement and why it always has a place in her life
Feeling better in nature and spending time outside
Starting her running journey 10 years ago
Being in her late 20s, in a difficult relationship and a stressful job
Running in the dark in her old school t-shirt
Knowing that running would change her life
Feeling good and capable
Entering her first race and starting to run with other people
Running her first half marathon and being inspired to run a marathon
Doing her masters part time while working and how running had to take a backseat
Running her first post baby marathon in April
Finishing up her PhD and running 30mins here and there to keep things ticking over
Spending time around the running community
Having an emergency c-section and returning to physical activity at 6 weeks
Working with a postnatal specialist
Doing couch to 5k NHS App
Starting running too soon and getting injured and needing to postpone the October London Marathon
Finding joy in running (Tina Muir) and why London was her ultimate Joy PB
Using a run walk strategy and having a detailed plan in advance
Doing her long runs during the week as that’s when she’s got childcare available
Doing her PhD studying the representations and identities of women in ultra marathon
Quitting her job and becoming a full time academic
Wanting more women to take part in sport and physical activity
Why sports are not just a boy thing
Post feminist narratives around participation in sports
Will women outrun men?
The million dollar question!! (When will the PhD be finished?)
What’s changed over the years and starting to understand post feminism more
The costs of running and why it’s not free
Reductionist ideas and why we need to be mindful of what’s said and seen
Why you can’t “just do it”
The pressure for women to do a lot and to excel at what they do
You can have it all….
Working with her partner to balance the challenges of life
Why your priorities can’t be everything
How to connect with Bethan on the socials
Final words of advice
Examine what your privileges are when it comes to sport and physical activity
Avoid platitudes and how you can understand your journey better
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