A personal trainer from Bristol, Jake Burnham, has completed an incredible feat by running a marathon every day for a month. Burnham took on this challenge to challenge societal norms and encourage men to express their emotions. Throughout September, he raised £2,500 for the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) while pushing his physical and mental limits.
Having faced his own mental health battles, Burnham uses running as a means to confront his fears and anxieties. By addressing his thoughts and embracing the confidence that running provides, he believes that small steps can make a significant impact on one’s mental health. Running in memory of men who have tragically taken their own lives, Burnham invited others to join him for a mile and openly discuss their problems.
During his month-long endeavor, Burnham ran 26.2 miles (42.1km) each day across various locations in the south-west of England. The physical pain experienced during the runs was momentarily overshadowed by the mental clarity and focus it provided. Despite moments of doubt and the temptation to give up, Burnham pushed through, inspiring his family and friends who joined him on short distances and shared their own mental health struggles along the way.
Through this journey, Burnham has discovered more about himself and continues to open up more and more every day. He acknowledges the tendency to suppress emotions and believes that in the long run, this can have detrimental effects. Burnham’s ultimate goal is to encourage other men to follow suit, to step out of their comfort zones, and to share their feelings.
Looking ahead, Burnham plans to embark on 100 marathons over 100 days in the upcoming summer. His dedication to raising awareness about mental health and breaking down societal barriers is evident in his unwavering commitment to pushing his limits. By undertaking these extraordinary feats, Burnham hopes to inspire others to prioritize their mental well-being and foster a culture of open dialogue surrounding men’s emotions.