- We know you joined SE Fitness as a Buggy Walker in late 2018 but clearly you’ve done a lot of sport over the years tell us a bit about that?
Iv always been active ever since I was a kid, I was never the most sporty person at school but I loved being involved in team games and pushing myself. Over the years I’ve taken park in many ‘challenge’ events such as the national three peaks, many half marathons and various tough mudder type events. I joined a local netball team about 11 years ago. I’d never played netball at school but liked the idea of keeping fit and meeting new people. I loved it so much and I still train every week and we play in matches in the Dudley netball league.
- In April you ran London Marathon tell us a bit about that – can you inspire us?
Iv always watched the London Marathon on TV and like many of us I felt inspired and amazed by the people running. I always loved the idea of taking on the challenge but I could never image in a million years that I could do it. I’d applied for a ballot place for about 8 years. If I’m honest it was a half hearted application as I never expected to gain a ballot place. On the day I gave birth I had an email from the ballot team informing me I’d gained a place! Initially I considered deferring my place and wait a year so I could get a bit fitter. In November I joined the SE fitness buggy walk group. The group really helped me get my confidence back and I was surprised how quickly I managed to gain strength by walking. In December I decided on a couch to 5k program and built up my running from there, each week I’d run longer and longer and in February decided I’d give London a go. My running was by no means fast but I felt comfortable and strong enough to take it on. I think if you want to do it then go for it!
- Where are you now? When do you like to run? Do you prefer Winter or Summer, roads or trails?
My favourite place to run is in Sutton park during the summer. I love going “off road” and getting muddy. No matter how many times I run in the park it always looks different. I’m happy to run any time of day as long as Iv had a good feed a few hours prior. After London my goal was to keep up the running and continue to improve my fitness. I must admit that once the high of London had disappeared it was hard to motivate myself to run. The best motivation I find is running with a friend or a group of likeminded people which is why I have started to run with SE fitness. It’s early days but I’m looking forward to my new running journey and seeing where it takes me.
- What’s your best event so far?
Hands down London Marathon. There is nothing like it! Before London I could never in a million years see myself running a marathon, I’d ran lots of half marathons in the past but it never felt within my reach. I’d apply to the ballot every year (probably after watching the TV footage) but never expecting a place. The reason why it was so special is because every type of person you could imagine are running it with you, they all have there own stories and journeys and it’s just so inspiring. The event was so well organised and I felt honoured to be lucky enough to run along side such amazing people. (even though I had no pelvic floor!)
- What’s the plan for the future? Have you got a goal in mind?
I feel like I need some time to reset and focus setting a simple routine for myself. Iv decided that I’m going to be kind to myself and gently build up my strength and running pace. My goal at the moment is simple and it’s to run at least twice a week and build a running habit. Ask me how I am getting on In the new year as I may be ready to decide on my next challenge!
- As a new marathon runner what are your best tips for anyone thinking of running the distance for the first time?
DO IT!!! I love being active and outdoors and like I said never felt a marathon was within my reach but the sense of achievement and accomplishment I got from running the 26.2 was something I will always hold with me. It honestly dosnt matter how fast or slow you are, it doesn’t matter if your first over the line or at the back with the road sweeper! The fact is you will have done something amazing and you will always have that feeling. The training is a commitment but not unrealistic, with a bit of organisation it can fit in around your every day schedule, you can also get the family involved to motivate you. Many people tell you that the training is the hard bit but marathon day is just the victory lap!