Being active has always been apart of my life. My mother would kindly word it as “always throwing myself around the place.” From a young age I was very keen to do well in sport and dancing. It wasn’t until the last few years of high school that I realised running was an actual sport rather than a warm up exercise. I was often chosen to run the 1500m in sports day (albeit that there wasn’t much competition). Once I left school and physical activity was no longer compulsory, fitness kind of fell by the wayside.
It wasn’t until I met my husband, a Royal Marine Commando that I decided to get moving again. He often tells the story of the first ever run we went on. So, having not exercised for a while I had no idea whether I was fit or not but I set off as I would have done back in school. I was met with this reaction “Jeez Rach, you’re going to put me to shame at this pace”. I felt pretty good about that. I think I must’ve made it 200m before I had the most almighty stitch and couldn’t breathe! Ok, so I wasn’t fit. However embarrassing it did motivate me to do slightly better than 200m next time!
Now, running is something I wish I could say I do more off but I am a busy mum of three children. I try to get out as often as I can when my husband is at home. I often use a run as an excuse to have some ‘me’ time. I find that if I set small, achievable goals I keep motivated. I plan to run 10k to raise money for NEST, a charity that researches Nephrotic Syndrome, a condition my daughter suffers with. If that’s not enough to keep me motivated, I don’t know what is!
I have recently started writing a lifestyle blog. Within this I plan to document my fitness progress from post baby to 10k run! You can find my journey here at Mumma Hub.