What is Myasthenia Gravis and what support is out there for people who are affected by this autoimmune disease?
Myasthenia Gravis is a autoimmune disease which affects the muscles, people have a chemical imbalance between the nerve endings and muscles. Myasthenia Gravis can come in waves which causes people to have relapses – 1 in 100,000 kiwis may suffer from MG. The people in the MGNZ support group are amazing, very caring and happy to share all their knowledge and advice. They desperately need funding which is why I decided to raise money for them.
Do you have any advice for people who are thinking of tackling a marathon?
Attitude and self belief – Anyone can do it if they put their mind to it! To keep on track with your training make sure you get good sleep and plan your training, that means ensure you have good shoes and socks, comfortable clothing and eat a balanced healthy diet (that means go easy on the booze!). During training you should always listen to your body, never push too hard and always look after yourself – lots of self-love, hot baths, massages, and relaxation after longer runs. Never compare your speed or fitness to anyone else, this is about your own dreams and aspirations.
Self belief is the biggest one, never give up and smile when you run – it makes the world of difference!