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Run Run Run...

on Friday, 21 March 2014.

Back in January of this year, I decided I wanted to change my lifestyle.  I had got myself into a bit of a rut of eating badly and not doing any exercise.  I have never been overweight but I was at my heaviest since having LL, and was also seriously unfit.  I just generally wasn't healthy at all.  After many wasted gym memberships over the years, I didn't hold out much hope, but suprisingly I have stuck at it so far.

On my first day of my new mission, I made the rookie error of getting on my gym gear, only to find out the gym was in actual fact closed.  As I had psyched myself up I didn't want to let my new found enthusiasm go to waste, so I decided to run around the block.  Bearing in mind I have never ever run before (unless a wasp was chasing me or I thought that the shop was about to shut and I wouldn't be able to buy chocolate), I wasn't holding out much hope.  But that first night I ran a slow mile, and I actually really enjoyed it.  Since then I have begun to run regularly and I can honestly say it has changed my life. 

I have lost inches off my waist, lost a stone in eight weeks, and I just feel healthier.  I have a lot more energy, I feel less lethargic and my mind feels more active.  I find that running helps me, it's almost a form of therapy- I stick my headphones on, listen to some music as loud as I can, and just run whereever my legs will take me.  It helps clear my head and if I am in a bad mood when I set off, I can guarantee that I will feel better by the time I have finished. 

The Benefits of running

After years of being inactive and losing confidence in myself since becoming a Mum, I am really enjoying feeling a bit stronger.  I am pushing myself and my body and have no plans to stop.  I have signed up for a 10k race in June, and two half marathons in August and October.  If you had told me twelve weeks ago I would be signing up for a half marathon I would have choked on my chocolate bar in shock.  I am running these races to raise money for The Lullaby Trust in honour of Matilda Mae, to show Jennie that she hasn't been far from my thoughts this past year.  If anyone wants to sponsor me, even if it's a few pennies that would be amazing.

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(Looking exceptionally awkward about being in a photo without a small child.)

I know when you aren't interested in a certain exercise, it can be a little nauseating to hear other people's workouts.  I am not trying to be smug, I am not fit at all, but I genuinely am feeling really proud and I have decided I want to document my running journey on my blog occasionally.  I have had some really lovely emails and messages from other Mums who have been inspired to start running from seeing my photos and posts and so I thought that it would be nice to look back on.  I have also found lots of ladies who I didn't realise ran and have been completely inspired by them too.

It really is only the start of my running journey, and I am still a complete beginner, but I am looking forward to where this new fitness journey will take me.  I know that if I manage to train and complete that first half marathon in August then I will feel like the proudest person alive.  It isn't a lot compared to some, but for someone who has never really been into exercise, it will feel like the biggest achievement to me.

 

Comments (42)

  • mascara and mud

    mascara and mud

    21 March 2014 at 09:33 |
    high five lady! i always find that putting my name down for an event makes me get off my backside and train that little bit harder, so good luck with it all xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:27 |
      It's all so new to me but loving it so far, and I agree, I need goals and targets to push me. x
  • PottyMouthedMummy

    PottyMouthedMummy

    21 March 2014 at 09:42 |
    Lovely post and well done for making a positive change but also being able to help The Lullaby Trust. Wonderful xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:26 |
      Thanks lovely! I couldn't think of any other charity I would rather do it for. x
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    21 March 2014 at 10:30 |
    I'm not into running or exercise but I love reading about how you are getting on and seeing your updates on Instagram.
    I think it's fantastic that you have starting running and that you enjoy it so much. I can see the changes in you just by looking at photos (hope that doesn't sound at all pervy).
    You are amazing for signing up to the marathons and events too. Go you! xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:24 |
      Thanks lovely, I really appreciate the lovely comment. I think the changes in my body are subtle but I feel so much more confident now. I was feeling a bit 'meh' before about the way I looked and have done ever since I became a Mum really- just lost a bit of confidence. It's nice to be able to go into a changing room and not feel like you want to run away. x
  • Carie

    Carie

    21 March 2014 at 13:06 |
    Wowee well done you! I'm more of a lapsed runner (especially at the moment) but I remember how motivating the races were - especially if you get a medal at the end! There's just something about the atmosphere of race day that helps you fly round!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:22 |
      You definitely have an excuse at the moment Carie. ;) I am really excited about experiencing that 'runners high' that I hear people talk about! x
  • Mummy Glitzer

    Mummy Glitzer

    21 March 2014 at 13:34 |
    Well done you! I have been following your tweets and I think it's pretty incredible how that one half hearted run has turned into a real pleasure for you as well as a way to keep fit.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:21 |
      Ah thank you lovely, it really has which I would never have imagined. ;)
  • capture by Lucy

    capture by Lucy

    21 March 2014 at 14:32 |
    Well you know you've inspired me! Videoing my "Learning to Run as a busy Mum" post over the weekend! Will be linking to your fab posts, it definitely does make you feel better and I am so proud of you running a marathon! xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:20 |
      Looking forward to your post lovely. x
  • Emma

    Emma

    21 March 2014 at 15:15 |
    Great post and well done with your running, it sounds like you're making great progress, me and my sister have started running in the evenings and we're not great but we're really enjoying it. I'm looking forward to reading more running posts xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:17 |
      Thanks Emma! Good luck with your running too! x
  • Louisa

    Louisa

    21 March 2014 at 16:34 |
    You're doing so well Katie! I have watched the 30 day Shred. That's it. I may watch it again. ;-)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:14 |
      Thanks Louisa! ;) x
  • Melanie

    Melanie

    21 March 2014 at 17:42 |
    Oh god I've been running since last september, 4 miles is still my longeat run and I've lost ONE lb!!! Oh dear! You are doing amazing! And the lullaby trust is a wonderful one. I'm running for millies trust in may...will have to get better at running first! I'd love to read more running posts, it might encourage me to go further! X
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:13 |
      Good luck with your running Melanie, I have been watching what I eat too so the weight loss isn't just down to running. And any goal is amazing, you should be proud. x
  • Camille

    Camille

    21 March 2014 at 19:44 |
    That's awesome, go you! I need to start running because I can never make it to the gym.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:13 |
      Thanks Camille! x
  • katie

    katie

    21 March 2014 at 19:53 |
    Half marathon's - Amazing Katie! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:11 |
      I know I can't quite believe it yet! x
  • Donna

    Donna

    21 March 2014 at 21:58 |
    Oh wow, well done you! It sounds like a lot of aspects are improving because of your new 'hobby', good luck witht he runs, I look forward to reading more about your running progress x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:11 |
      Thanks Donna, it really has changed my life already which is a bit cheesy but it's true! x
  • Sarah MumofThree World

    Sarah MumofThree World

    22 March 2014 at 07:02 |
    Well done to you! Running really is the best thing. I'm a runner too and have been running for half my life. I suspect my readers get a little bored when I blog about it, but it's a big part of my life, so I make no apologies for that.
    Good luck with all of your races!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:10 |
      I am going to go off and check your running posts now Sarah! x
  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    22 March 2014 at 10:07 |
    Well done! You've really bloomed in this running thingie. I don't really understand it much but I do look at your routes and know you're getting better and better!! Wow, those events look really big!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:10 |
      Thanks lovely! x
  • Emma

    Emma

    22 March 2014 at 19:51 |
    well don Katie, I'm just starting again, I ran a half last year and I'm doing it again in Sept and I will beat my time!!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:09 |
      I remember seeing you saying about a run Emma, but at the time I wasn't really into running so had no idea what an achievement it was. That's amazing! x
  • Debbie

    Debbie

    22 March 2014 at 21:04 |
    Well done! And what great motivation and goals. I've recently started Zumba after 5+ years of no exercise and completely agree with your post... and yes, I would love to start running... just need the next motivational kick up the bum to get me started. Looking forward to reading about you achieving your goals. xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:08 |
      Thank you Debbie for such a lovely comment, good luck with your new exercise regime too! x
  • Ruth

    Ruth

    22 March 2014 at 21:15 |
    Well done, it's so hard together started again but so worth it. The feeling you get from completing a half marathon is great. Only just starting running again myself, first time since having my babies eek!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:06 |
      I can't wait to experience that feeling that everyone talks about when you get to the finish line! x
  • tea cake and my boy

    tea cake and my boy

    22 March 2014 at 22:04 |
    Wow well done you for making such a positive change! Sounds fantastic and exercise is great in so many ways. I have just started walking a lot more and feel so much better for it xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:05 |
      Thanks lovely, I definitely feel like it's a positive change I am actually going to stick to for once! x
  • Michelle

    Michelle

    22 March 2014 at 22:51 |
    Great post and well done you :) I love running now and I never would of thought I could run as much as I do x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:01 |
      It's such an addictive hobby isn't it?! x
  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    23 March 2014 at 08:57 |
    You have done so well! I love the idea of running but still find it hard to fit it in, I've been twice in two weeks which isn't going to get me fit anytime soon, I get so out of breath doing the simplest things though so really need to do some exercise! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 21:00 |
      I do find it hard to fit in but luckily Mr E is home from work at about quarter past five usually so I normally go when he is finished. It is definitely good for my stamina levels, I was like you and getting out of breath going up the stairs! x
  • Nicola

    Nicola

    23 March 2014 at 20:24 |
    You are doing so well and really giving me motivation for after I have baby boy. I used to love running and the effects it gives. You look amazing!! Keep it up xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      24 March 2014 at 20:59 |
      Thanks lovely, I am so surprised by how much I am enjoying it! You will have to get back into it once baby boy arrives! x

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