I have to be brutally honest, as a passionate cyclist I came to love running relatively late in life, to be specific at the age of 33. In that year I bought my first sports bra, a pair of Vibram Five Fingers and with virtually no training (two 2K runs, one month beforehand) I completed Total Warrior in order to raise funds for my son’s school – Beechtree Steiner Initiative in Leeds.
Sitting a few feet from the finish line with my son and a well deserved can of gin and tonic, covered from head to toe with mud, every muscle in my body screaming I did not expect that a week later I would find myself putting on my Vibrams and going for another run.
But continue to run I did. #ThisGirlCan
My son attends Kindergarten three days per week at Beechtree Steiner so Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the days that I have available to work or meet with clients. I supplement this time with the odd hour in the evening when he’s sleeping or at the weekends so finding my balance as a working parent, honing my ability to focus on my work during the time that I have available is important.
If I start my day by cycling the school run, grabbing groceries from Leeds market on the way home and then going for a quick run before I start work, then I am my best self – full of energy with good mental clarity.
Over the Winter period the streets have been far too icy to make running safe so I have been mostly snuggled under a blanket eating mince pies and substituting a pot of black coconut tea for my run. As effective as caffeine is, I had better get back to the running next week however as I have signed up to raise funds for Beechtree Steiner Initiative again by completing Total Warrior on June 24th. Your donations are very welcome!