My Fitness Journey
I was never particularly fit as a child. It’s a cliche that’s been heard a thousand times, but as an asthmatic and an avid reader, I much preferred staying inside with my nose in a book than huffing and puffing my way around the school field.
I did enjoy Netball and played on my school team for several years, as well as dabbling in various different styles of dance from disco (complete with ridiculous leg warmers and leotards) to contemporary and Street Jazz at University, which was great fun!
During my Masters degree I took up rowing. My boyfriend rowed throughout school and University and was really pretty good, so I thought that if I gave it a try I’d understand his passion a bit more, and get fit in the process. It was hard work! The 6am starts, followed by wading into freezing cold water in bare legs, plus the intense ergo sessions left me wondering why I on earth I was doing this! But the social aspect of it was brilliant, I gave a new sport a try and surprised myself with how my body could actually respond and deal with the training pressure.
I’ve always loved fitness classes, and these kept me going after I graduated – Les Mills Body Attack, Body Combat, Body Pump and Body Balance. You name it, I tried it! But it was a very sporadic exercise schedule and with no real goal.
Then in April 2012 my partner and I moved house. I remember feeling incredibly embarrassed by how weak I was and how little help I was with the moving!
After the move, I went back to work and just decided to start running. I officially started the Couch to 5k program in August 2012, as so many other people have done and gradually worked my way up.
I finished in time for the Race for Life Twilight 5k in Norwich, which gave me an amazing buzz and I was so proud to run it all, albeit slowly. I couldn’t wait to move onto the next challenge, and keep progressing- I had officially got hooked on running!
In 2013, I took on the challenge of running my first 10k- the She Runs Windsor 10k, and subsequently added to that with five 5k’s, another two 10k’s and a duathlon! As well as taking part in a 30-day Yoga challenge and trying out Crossfit– I loved the race atmosphere, the sense of achievement and of course adding to my ever increasing collection of race bling!
In 2014, I upped the stakes and after winning entry into the Windsor Trail Half Marathon, I persuaded my brothers to join me for my first attempt at 13.1 miles!
We conquered the distance and had great fun along the way- so much so, that they still join me on occasional parkruns 🙂
My first race-cation to Geneva with the Team Naturally Run ladies was a huge highlight of 2014, and I can’t wait to run in more different countries. Being part of this amazing online running community also enabled me to take part in the Spitfire Scramble– a 24-hour trail race in a team of 8. The weekend was an awesome experience pushing me out of my comfort zone, and giving me a massive running high!
At the beginning of 2015 I worked with an awesome running coach who helped me achieve an amazing PB at Brighton Half Marathon, and get under my 2:30 goal. I also signed up to a ClassPass membership and am loving trying out loads of different fitness classes in London! I recently helped one of my best friends cross the finish line at her very first Half Marathon, Run Hackney, and am using my running to explore and take me to new places.
I think it’s fair to say that I love embracing new opportunities and challenges, and have achieved far more over the past 3 years than I ever thought my body was capable of!
Here’s to looking forward to the future!