100 Miles in October is a fundraising challenge for Mind. Participants could complete their miles however they liked – running, walking, or a bit of both! The important thing was to get out and get moving for better mental health. To support our charity partner Mind, our Citrix Cloud Success Manager Maria Truskovskaya took part in the 100 Miles in October. Find more about her experience below.
Yesterday, I completed the challenge ‘100 Miles in October for Mind.’
I’ve always been a big fan of walking, so when I found out that Mind was running this campaign, I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of it.
I used to do at least 5 miles daily, but with the pandemic entering our lives in 2020, my average number of steps/miles per day decreased dramatically due to spending much more time at home. Earlier this year, I felt like I wanted to improve that and started literally making myself go out for a walk at lunch and after work, when possible, but it was still far from ideal.
So, signing up for this campaign and tracking my steps daily AND doing that for a good cause – that all sounded exactly like a perfect way to move my body more and help my mind recharge. This was also a great reminder that it is so important to spend more time outdoors and just relax. Sometimes I would walk in silence, and other days I would listen to some nice autumnal acoustic music or a podcast. The important thing is that it was done outdoors while walking. I highly recommend joining a similar campaign, especially with darker days settling in, just so you can enjoy fresh air and do yoga, run, cycle, walk – whatever works for you and your mind!
To find more about our charity partnership take a look at our giving back page. Earlier this year employees from across Ultima also took part in the Mind Walk to kick off our partnership where we raised £935. These activities raise vital funds which allow them to improve their services so people experiencing a mental health problem get the help they need, when they need it.