How do you help life run right
The motivation to run 45 marathons
The initiator of the running and charity project 19/19 Anthony Horyna will run 1900 kilometers, 1 marathon per day, 45 days in a row from this Sunday, July 28, 2019. The 19/19 project aims to motivate, inspire, and encourage - and draw attention to the taboo topics of depression and suicide in an unusual way.
How did you get started
I started running quite late - when I was in my mid-30s. That was around 11 years ago. The decisive factor was that I felt very uncomfortable. Dissatisfied with myself. In my own skin. In life. My girlfriend then took me for a run in the park. And I'll admit it frankly - in the beginning I hated it. But I stayed with it anyway. And kept going. And never looked back.
What do you get from running - mentally and physically?
A lot. Running has been very important in my life. And significantly changed my life for the better. I got to know a lot of great and good people through running. And made real friends.
Running itself often got me northward. Showing me limits. And let me push boundaries. Above all, it showed me that things can go on despite challenges and stresses. Step by step. Again and again. And - and that's probably the best part - it's also a lot of fun.
Why do you run every day And how do you motivate yourself to do so?
There are certainly many answers to this. But honestly, the question of “why” doesn't even arise for me. And motivation is another thing. Let me put it this way, I no longer question everyday running. So I don't have to motivate myself. It's just what I do.
Are you looking for a personal best, just getting there or pushing the kick to your limits?
Neither nor. Personal bests are just as unimportant as any "kick". Even "arriving" is not always the top priority when running (at least for mine). It's more about the run itself, being in motion, being on the move, what it's all about. Of course, I also like to squint at times, and yes, I deliberately exceeded limits with one or the other run. But running itself can be reduced to more than just times. It's become more of a way of life. Something where I can be completely in the moment and also completely with myself.
What if you can't walk for a day?
Oh, that hasn't happened in the last 3.5 years. I've always found a way (or the time) for a run. And yes, even at night or very early in the morning. On business trips. Between appointments. Before or after the race. Even at airports. Everything is fine. You just have to want that. Honestly. And I guess it will be the same with Project 19/19. At least that's the plan.
How did the idea for the 19/19 project come about?
Personally, running has helped me a lot over the past 11 years. And brought a lot of positive things into my life. But also in my life there have always been episodes and times that were dark to deeply dark. At some point the idea of “giving back” is born. In other words, what has helped and helps me to use to help others too.
What do you want to achieve at 19/19?
Above all, I want to use Project 19/19 to draw attention to depression and suicide prevention in an unusual way. That's the first step: talk about it. With the run itself, I hope to motivate, inspire and also give courage. I would like to show that it can go on despite challenges and pressures. Step by step. Again and again. This applies to the daily marathon as in life.
What is your route like?
The route runs on the German section of the European long-distance hiking trail E1 and leads me from Konstanz to Flensburg. You can see exactly where I'm on the road and when in the Strava Club.
What is your ambition when you start the 1900 kilometers?
Healthy - and by that I mean physically and mentally - to come to Flensburg. The aim is of course to run the 45 marathons in a row. And in this way to reach as many people as possible for the topic. To raise awareness and thus to make my contribution to getting depression out of the taboo area that is still there. And if only one person out there notices what I'm doing and then decides to do something himself - then everything is won. Honestly.
What do Friends for Life and Anthony Horyna have in common?
I think the work that makes friends for life is just great. The manner in which the information was provided is very correct and immensely important. And worth supporting. That's why I started a fundraising campaign on Facebook last year and donated money for every kilometer I ran. When we got to know each other personally, it was clear to me that this was exactly the right address to present with Project 19/19. And so one thing led to another.
What points of contact do you have when it comes to depression and suicide?
Like many of us, I know and have close friends and acquaintances who are directly affected by depression and suicide. In addition, I had a direct family connection to it from a very early age. These are experiences that you can suppress for a long time, but still not forget. Today I pay a lot of attention to it. In myself. And of course also in my environment. And the more openly I deal with it myself, the more openly I meet others. And yes, no matter where I listen, there is hardly anyone who is not "affected" in some way.
How do you drive yourself to educate yourself about mental health?
It is extremely important to me that the taboo that surrounds depression and suicide be broken. The taboo as well as the stigma that often goes with it. Depression is a disease. And you can work on illnesses. Heal you sometimes. Depression is not a choice or a mood. Above all, depression is not a weakness. It's a disease. That has to be understood. Be accepted. In private as well as in social life. And talking about it is the first step in the right direction.
Does running help you master or avert crises?
As briefly described earlier, yes. Running has also brought me through dark and very dark phases. But that doesn't mean that running is a panacea. Running is a lot to a lot of people. For me too. It can north, ground, let yourself feel completely at home. Clear your mind, calm your mind and body. But - and this is very important to understand - it's always just running. And if crises are really big or far-reaching, then running is not a substitute for professional help.
What is your tip for our community to deal with crises?
Honestly: talk about it. And listen when others do. When they say they are not doing well. Do not try to judge, let alone judge. And most importantly, don't be afraid to open up to yourself. Because only then can you be helped. If it is acute, be sure to see a doctor. Seek professional help. And don't be ashamed of it. And yes, asking for help is never wrong. And you are never too young or too old for it. No matter who wants to say something else.
If you would like to accompany Anthony on a marathon or a part of the route, you can register at the following link: www.strava.com/clubs/projekt1919
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