A PB for PND

$1,376 of $1,000 goal
Given by 31 generous donors in around 4 months

Please help me in my return to running post PND, by donating to the incredible charity, Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa.


On New Years Eve (2022), I made a resolution to participate in the 2023 Queenstown Half Marathon.

This would be my first running event since having my beautiful babies, Tommy (nearly 3) and Emily (nearly 1), and my 10th half marathon overall. So it seemed fitting that it would be at the event where it all began for me in 2014.

My return to running is personally significant. It marks the beginning of a new chapter after an incredibly challenging start to motherhood.

I suffered from postnatal anxiety and depression with both of my babies. It’s a dark, terrifying place to be. Feelings of extreme fear and worry that consume your thoughts 24/7 and sit like a weight on your chest. Obsessive, terrified to leave the house, feeling no bond with your newborn baby, endless tears and not knowing if you will ever feel like yourself again. Then there is the very long wait for the medication to take effect, which is preceded by a further drop in mood before the fog begins to lift.

I was very lucky to have incredible support - my family, friends, midwife, doctor and the Christchurch Mothers and Babies unit - bringing me back to a better version of myself.

All new mums should receive that level of care and Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa advocate for this.

It’s unlikely I’ll run the whole thing, but I will finish it, and it will be a new PB for me in terms of the sense of achievement I will feel.

Please support me in my journey and consider donating to this important cause.

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Guest Donor on 17 Nov 2023
Amazing cause Caitlin xx
Caitlin Brand

Thank you so much! Xx

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Laura on 17 Nov 2023
You’re amazing Caitlin! Love that you’ve chosen this goal for you, and for such a worthy cause. Enjoy your run, and the child free weekend 💜
Caitlin Brand

Thank you so much! I feel like I’m missing a limb being child free 😂 A wine will fix that xx

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Sarah on 17 Nov 2023
Your amazing - So proud to be your sister xx
Caitlin Brand

Thank you 💕 And I you xx

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Mandy on 16 Nov 2023
You got this and you deserve to be ridiculously proud of even reaching the day. Start it and finish. It's all about you and no one else. You can do that easy. And enjoy the bits in between. ❤xx
Caitlin Brand

Thank you so much 💕 Just one foot in front of the other. How lucky am I to have such a good friend share their love of running with me…just what I heeded before and now xx

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Jackie & Billy
Jackie & Billy on 24 Oct 2023
Good luck Caitlin! ❤️
Caitlin Brand

Thank so much team Wilson! Xx

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This campaign started on 15 Jul 2023 and ended on 18 Nov 2023.