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Step into someone else's shoes

Hear how running has positively impacted others

For some, a run is much more than a run. It’s a way to feel better, both physically and mentally.
We invite you to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and hear the positive impact running has had on their mental wellbeing.

Each story is designed to be listened to on the move, so you can quite literally experience what it’s like to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.

The Pressure of Perfect

After being diagnosed with stress and burnout, Health and Exercise Coach, Dr Bernadette Dancy realised that she needed a break from the pressure. The pressure to be perfect. After years of striving to be the best in all areas of her life, she finally realised that she expected too much of herself. And, she was tired of all the pressure that came with it.

Step into Bernadette’s shoes and hear how running helped her find the right balance for her and her lifestyle.

The Feeling of Free

After years of severe pain in his foot, Jamie Gane underwent spinal surgery. It was supposed to relieve him of the pain, but it didn’t. Instead, he ended up paralysed from the waist down. Devastated, confused and angry, he felt alone. And, he was still living with the unbearable pain in his foot. After 13 years and 40 operations, Jamie’s leg was amputated. He was finally relieved of the pain and finally able to walk. But all he wanted to do was run.

Step into Jamie’s shoes and hear how running enabled him to feel free and gain a new perspective on life.

Discovering Confidence and Self-love

Achieving her childhood dream of becoming a paediatrician was supposed to be an exciting and fulfilling time for Dr Hadeel Hassan. But, beneath the surface, she was going through the darkest period of her life. Living with cerebral palsy, surviving an abusive relationship and being diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia, at one point simply became too much.

Step into Hadeel’s shoes and hear how running helped her escape her past, taught her to love herself and helped her find her confidence.

Exercising for the Right Reasons

While at school, Flora Beverley exercised for the wrong reasons and developed an eating disorder. It floored her emotionally and took its toll on everything in her life. Her friends, family, school and sports. She was unhappy, had an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise, and she finally burned out. But she eventually discovered how strong, powerful and capable sport made her feel and so her love affair with running began. 

Step into Flora’s shoes and hear how running helped her exercise for the right reasons.

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At ASICS, we’ve always known the positive impact movement has on the mind. It’s why we’re called ASICS. It’s an acronym from the Latin phrase Anima Sana In Corpore Sano or a Sound Mind in a Sound Body. And it's why we're sharing these inspiring stories.

Thank you to all the storytellers for sharing their personal stories. On their behalf, ASICS will make a donation to mental health charity, Mind to support more people to move and feel better.

Mind is a mental health charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind offers a range of support including a confidential Infoline, free information resources and assistance through their network of local Minds.

If you need support for your own mental health or are concerned about a friend or family member, please contact Mind through one of the options below.


Website: mind.org.uk
Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393

Open 09:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday (except for public holidays).

Email: info@mind.org.uk