Mums That Run in Suffolk
After indulging during the festive season I promised myself that in the new year I was going to make it a mission to be healthier, loose weight and start some sort of exercise regime. I think we all promise ourselves the same thing every year but since I am now in my early forties I thought it was time to take it seriously and make some real changes. It felt like my body was really run down, my joints felt stiff and my general stamina was at a low point. I thought running would be a great sport to pursue, is FREE and convenient. But where and how to start? Do I really want to get out in the cold on my own?I found it hard to get the motivation to leave the house especially on the colder days, I needed a plan, a structure to follow to gradually introduce me to the sport and the support to help me get through it.
How did I find a partner to run with?
To my surprise I found out that other mums at my son’s school class, were also looking at running but, also didn't know where to start!. Luckily there was an experienced runner among the mums, and she told us about an NHS app for beginner runners. The first week of January we met at the school gates and off we went for our first run, running in a group helps with support and motivation, specially on setting up a running routine and going for it. We used the NHS Couch to 5K app which is a really cool app to help beginners like myself gradually get into a running routine. The plan involves three runs per week, with a day of rest in between, with a different schedule for each of the nine weeks. For tips for new runners click here I also used a FREE app called mapmyrun which I found quite useful, some mums were interested in improving their running times, but I was more concerned about how many calories I was burning. This app tells you how long you run for, the route you have taken, how many calories you have burned, your time etc. This information is invaluable for tracking your progress. A Wassup app account was set up for us to communicate and arrange running dates and times, and we formed a small but nice group of mums. The group also came up with a new name “School Run Runners” which made it more official . We started running in January one of the coldest months of the year and I cant believe I was OK with it! I just wore an extra jumper and off we went. It really helped to have other people to run with and needless to say we chat non stop. I have to say running is one of the best things I have done in the past years, the fresh air in my face, the social element of it is really great. It can be quite relaxing and give you a boost of energy that can last the whole day. I still run with the mums but I am also happy to run on my own now! You don’t need to have any experience, you can find more information on the NHS Couch to 5K here. Make sure you have the right gear, a nice pair of trainers will make the world of difference, trust me!
Where to find a partner to run with in Suffolk?
If your don't have any friends that are up for the challenge take a look at my next post Finding a Running Buddy: Suffolk Parkrun, for some suggestions on finding a running buddy :) I have now lost 1 stone and am feeling a lot healthier, if you have been thinking about giving it a go, this is the time!