Ready, steady, run

Running is not for everyone. Those that do run are normally better at either sprinting or long distance running. The really annoying clever ones (like my daughter) are good at both.

I  was never a sprinter at school. All my close friends were but I was the one who was always entered for the 800m 1500m and the cross country.

I guess I’ve always had the stamina but minus the speed.

When I left university I revisited my long distance running and have completed marathons most years since, sometimes several in a year.

I  don’t especially love to run but I love a challenge . I am not competitive.  I have no desire to be the best. Just the best me. I like to push my boundaries and challenge my body to achieve what might seem a little crazy to others.

I know for example, that my body finished a mountain marathon whilst pregnant. I know that my body got me around 42km of hot vineyards. I know that my body took me 26.2 miles around Blackpool even when they hadn’t any water stations. I know that my body can run a marathon 9 months after having my fourth baby with no training and recover in 24 hours.


I wonder what else it can do?

There are endless articles on line with running tips and ideas of how to get started. I read many to begin with, but when you are a busy mum most of that goes out of the window.

I don’t have several hours free a week to join a running club or a fellow mummy runner. I don’t get the opportunity to do the magic x number of miles each week.

I do however have lots of stairs  I can run up and down, a driveway perfect for shuttle runs and 4 little people to chase after or take with me. If I said “I don’t have time” then I’d be saying that for a long time to come. If I said “I don’t have the opportunity” then again I’d be saying that for a long time. I have to look at the resources I have: a garden; a pushchair; a baby carrier; a DVD player and some fitness DVDs; monkey bars; stairs etc and work out how I can get fit whilst doing everything else. There are some great ideas over at Kiddicare of how you can get fit whilst taking care of the children.

Someone said to me after the marathon the other week that I must have been so tired. In all honesty the marathon was a rest. It was time to think, to reflect, to plan, to remember and to finish refreshed and ready to resume my role. I was able to remind myself what I am capable of and show my children what I can do.

So I would say pop a pair of trainers on and give it a go – it might not be your thing but then again you might surprise yourself.

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12 comments on 'Ready, steady, run'

  • Round of applause coming from over here! Whilst you shouldn’t just stick on some trainers and run a marathon if you’ve never run before you should absolutely have the courage to take your first steps. I totally agree about having all the things you need, fancy equipment not necessary. Father your enthusiasm, take a deep breath and go for it. Lovely post, thank you.

    • Thanks Juliet for your lovely comment. Yes – I hope people don’t think I am suggesting that you should just run a marathon for the first time like that. I trained long and hard for the first one. Now things are different so the regime has to be different too :)

  • Fab post! I love my exercise and fit it wherever I can. It’s great to reflect and have some me time. Kudos on the marathons though!! X #bigfatlinky xx

  • Like you, I am not a speedy runner but I really do love running. Now that I have three kids, running is my bit of peace and quiet. Unfortunately I have been injured (and wrote about it) for the past couple of weeks and it has been driving me nuts. Good luck with finding the places to get in your runs. #bigfatlinky

  • Loved reading this. I also do not like sprinting, and run marathons to push myself. Running is kind of mediation for me, and agree with you that it’s not all about the training you do, but also about believing in yourself. I do train hard for marathons as I am lucky and always find the time ( as am a mum to ONLY two ;-))) but also do not follow any training plans, just do what feels right to me. Hope this will work again this October in Venice for me. Thanks for linking #FitnessTuesday

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