So many of you will have noticed on Twitter recently that there has been a lot of tweets regarding running and the #mummyto5k appearing quite often. I believe that Maria over at
Mummy's Busy Little World started this running malarky although it appears that it coincided with lots of other bloggers like Karin at Cafebebe wanting to get fitter and shed some (baby) weight so now we all have something else to aim for.
I have never been a great runner or indeed enjoyed getting out there and going for a run. Yes I have tried several times to try running as part of a get fit plan (for which there have been several!).I have gone out and bought the relevant running gear and gone out but after one or two attempts I have packed it in. I think the main problem is controlling my breathing while running, I always get that sharp pain in the chest and then it is hard to get back into a stride. Oh and I always get a very red face which must scare anyone who sees me lol!
At school I was ok at running short distances on sports day. However, being the
sap nice person I am, after signing up for the 100 or 200m races someone would always ask me to swap for the 1500 so stupidly I would and then they would get the glory while I would come in last - red faced and hardly able to breath! I used to hate the road runs and cross country runs at school and would normally end up chatting to another fellow hater and we would stroll in long after everyone else!! However, on the odd occasion where I would put my mind to it and actually run in the road run I would do ok I think I was 7th once which was pretty good as there would be about 30 of us taking part. Kind of goes to show that if I had spent less time chatting and more time running I may have been a half decent runner back then!
Recently, I have entered the Race For Life twice and never trained because I was convinced that I would just walk fast (this I can do!). However, once there with all those other lovely ladies, you feel the urge to pick up the pace and run and I think I did 5k in 37 minutes the first year and 34 minutes the next.
After completing Race for Life 2008
I had friends enter who had trained for it and I did the same as them! Of course after completing in such a good time I always think I will keep the running up, but, of course, I never have. It makes me wonder that if I actually out some effort in and trained that maybe I could do even better. My problem is I just cannot be arsed so I muddle along hoping for the best at these races!!
So now as I think about the #mummyto5k race I know I need to get out there and train because since I had Burton I have not done any
exercise running and need to know how my body will cope with it. So I HAVE to get out there and practise. My mind thinks up excuses as to why I shouldn't enter the Adidas Race:
Who will have Burton?
How will I get to London for 11am from North Devon?
I will have to buy some running attire!
I have to run!!
So I have written this and linked it to Maria's blog because I think that if I make this public I cannot back out, and with the support and shared experiences of all the other wonderful running crazed mummy bloggers and non mummy bloggers I, like them, will succeed and run, run run!! Plus it will be great to meet them and share this fitness regime!
If you want to read more or take part yourself, then please visit the following sites for information, help and support:
PS have registered
PPS now I need to tell Burton's daddy!!