One Down…..

This week has been a bit mad, both George and Phoebe have colds, I left a lot of my assignment for my distance learning course until the day before deadline, my poor mum ended up back in hospital with cellulitis and I had to make an Easter bonnet for George’s Easter parade, anyone who knows me knows I’m not arty in the slightest, thank goodness for Pinterest! See the photo for the finished product with help of course from my amazing mummy (before she went back into hospital I may add!)

Finding time to run while juggling the two children is tricky, thankfully I have a very understanding and hands on husband who encourages every run I do and does dinner, bath and bed times on his own at times so I can run. He probably thought that once the half marathon was over that would be it, surely he knows me properly by now!!! Pleased to say he is on board with this challenge, will report back on his enthusiasm in July, 5 months in!

Today saw me take part in the first event! I only signed up in the week thanks to a friend pointing out I had read the date wrong, I say thanks, not sure that’s how I felt when I got up this morning after losing an hours sleep!! Who does that?

I will let you into a little secret, I have completed all my training runs on the treadmill, hours I’ve spent in the garage watching trash on my iPad in order to run and run, I even ran 12miles on it the other week. This meant I was actually really nervous about today, the first run outside since October and this time on my own! Stood at the start line the butterflies were taking over and I was freezing!! The gun went and off we did too, it was a very busy run in very muddy conditions, I’m not good in mud especially not running in it!! There were 5km runners mixed in with those of us stupid enough to then do another lap! Every km was signed with the first and second lap distances so at 3 when I saw 8 also I nearly just bowed out and did the 5! But no I continued, got muddy and crossed the finish line being cheered by an amazing friend and Hubby, George and Phoebe. 1.00.38!! Those pesky seconds but do you know I’m super happy with that, it was a hard course and my first “real” run! It was made even more worthwhile when George comes up to me and said mummy you were brilliant before running off to the trophy table and stealing one to give to me! Such a cute thought and we said how wonderful he was before putting it back in its place! Bless him.

So that’s one down and 9 to go though I actually think some months I’ve got two events planned. I’ve had some amazing comments from fantastic friends and it’s all of you who keep me going, thank you.

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So it begins again

Last Sunday 18th March I was supposed to run the Reading Half Marathon. My cousin had persuaded me to do it back in November after I had completed the Great South Run. I thought why not, it’s only another 3 Miles! Well Christmas came as did life and I didn’t start training again until 8 weeks ago! I found a training plan and for once I stuck to it running 4 times a week and completing all the distances it recommended. I felt ready.

Imagine my frustration when it then started snowing, surely it wouldn’t settle, two lots of snow in two weeks never happens. My cousin had travelled down from York, we were ready.

We woke up Sunday morning, one look out the window confirmed my worries that it would be cancelled as there was a lot of snow! Sure enough at 7am we had official confirmation. I didn’t realise until I wasn’t eating my porridge (which I detest but convince myself on race days is the best) that I was actually really gutted this was cancelled.

Having once again suffered with PND after Phoebes traumatic birth the running has really helped my mental health while helping me lose the baby weight. So rather than sit around and be happy it was cancelled I decided I needed another challenge!

As many of you know I am also a trustee for ICP Support, a charity close to my heart as I have them to thank for the safe arrival of both my gorgeous children. I know some friends and even family still don’t get why I am so involved with the charity but anyone who has faced a diagnosis where there may be a risk to your much wanted and unborn baby will realise why I do what I do. Not only this we know now through research that Phoebe will be likely to be affected by the condition. So while I have my perfect family I’m working hard to ensure Phoebe doesn’t suffer the same and for all this women who will also be diagnosed.

This brings me back to me sitting here last Sunday in my pjs not running a half marathon setting my next running challenge. Those of you who followed my 500km feat three years ago will know I am stubborn and determined. Not happy with just entering another half which I have done in April I have decided I will compete in at least one event per month for the next 10months. I’ve created my fundraising page (see link below) and I intend to blog throughout.

Thank you if you have read to the end! I don’t profess to be good at writing (in fact this was probably my weakest subject at school) I’m no comedian either but if you want to follow me then that would be amazing.

Jen xx

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