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July Challenge - Runfasterdoyle story

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Q: what is the picture about?

A: This was the RFL muddy 5k run! My running has created three small runners in my wake. They have won races at school and represented their school in interschools competitions. I am amazingly proud of them.

Q: Tell us a little bit about you!

A: I am a 45yr old lady who doesn't want to get older! I am married to an ex-army husband (who has run miles and miles) and we have three children; eldest daughter followed a year later with boy/girl twins. Pre children I played a lot of hockey for a club and did a couple of runs a week, pregnancy for two years put paid to my exercise! I work full time over three long days (with oncalls) as a clinical perfusionist. I studied hard when the kids were small and achieved my life long ambition of a PhD 6 yrs ago. I run when I can three times a week when the trio are at school whilst hubs and I juggle what life throws at us.

Q: How long have you been a runner?

A: I started with a c25k run group in August 2016, graduating in October 2016.

Q: Did you start running with a C25K programme? Why or why not?

A: It was a form of c25k with one run group session a week and 2 other runs set as homework. By the end I was running 5k parkrun in 36 minutes.

Q: But what made you want to start running races?

A: It seemed to be a natural progression to aim for a race spurred on by my husband's hm medals from his army days. In March 2017 I did a monthly virtual challenge of 25 miles, then I aimed to run the women's running 10k in early June. I focused on 5k to 10k training and completed the 10k run in 61 minutes despite being laid up with a flu like virus the week before. After this I did a couple of virtual 10k before training to 10 miles for GSR. Sadly family stuff got in the way of running GSR so I did a virtual 10 mile run. This sowed the seed for a hm in Southampton. My brothers sudden death gave me the focus and challenge to do the hm and helped hugely with the grief by having a future plan to aim for. Where next......I'm not sure yet!

Q: What's it like to run in your area?

A: Southampton is fairly flat with some hillier roads and lovely green spaces. The pavements are atrocious in places!

Q: What is your favourite race event so far? And why?

A: I guess it has to be the Southampton hm for the distance challenge, the locals support and the great fun/support of running round with a run group member. Finishing the run was both amazing and bittersweet. The most memorable run was a relay marathon race, (teams of 10 running 2.6 mile laps) where I attended an unconscious collapsed runner on the course, handed them to the ambulance crew in time to grab the batten and run my lap for the team, bonkers!

Q: What are your favourite mid-race snack, and post-race meal?

A: long runs I enjoy jelly babies! Post long race I ate chocolate and then raided the fridge before going out for a steak!

Q: Name a favourite running website (plus link, please!):

A: I read articles on women's running or runnersworld. I enjoy seeing the amazing stories and support on the run mummy run Facebook page.

Q: What's next for you, running-wise?

A: In this heat the aim is to keep getting out 3 times a week. I have started a plan for 10 GSR in October and have the New Forest 10k booked for early September. Not sure what other goals to go for yet, I still lack confidence in my running!

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WhatsappHalf Marathon

Well done. Great post.

Just had to google clinical perfusionist!

My kids would love that muddy run. Not sure I would like doing the laundry after though!!

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HiddenHalf Marathon
in reply to Whatsapp

A good hosing down in the garden sorted the mud followed by the washing machine and showers. Amazing where the mud gets into!!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

Hello Dr runfasterdoyle! I resorted to Google too, Whatsapp :)

Thank you for this wonderful post! I hope you continue to run and grow in confidence - you're certainly a good person to have around when I feel I'm going to collapse ;) Just kidding, and that's such a great story!!

Hope it's OK to link this and the Challenge post together?

Here's the Challenge post:

healthunlocked.com/marathon...

Hidden
HiddenHalf Marathon
in reply to roseabi

Thanks Roseabi! Sadly if we were running together, with your superior stamina and strength I think it would more likely be me in a heap on the floor 🀣.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Hidden

Not so sure about that!

aliboo70
aliboo70Half Marathon

You're doing great Helen! 😊 I'm loving reading everyones background story, so interesting! Better do mine before month is up!!πŸ˜‚xx

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HiddenHalf Marathon
in reply to aliboo70

Thanks aliboo. I am a relatively new runner really so not too much to say whereas you just keep running and running! Looking forward to seeing your story πŸ˜‰

Decker
DeckerModerator

Wonderful story Dr. RFD! The fact that you’ve hooked your children on running is worth all the effort right there. You’ve made amazing progress and overcome so much.

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HiddenHalf Marathon
in reply to Decker

Thanks Decker! Involving the smalls is good fun, they even do HIIT workouts with me which is hilarious. I just hope they carry on into their teenage years rather than become sofa sloths. I need to run just to keep up with them πŸ˜‚

Decker
DeckerModerator
in reply to Hidden

Haha well you’ve given them a great foundation!

Sqkr
SqkrAdministrator

Everyone has such grown up jobs to get on with when they're not running 😲 I feel so unskilled! I love seeing how much this running bug threads its way through entire families, that seems to be a recurring feature in this challenge 😊

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HiddenHalf Marathon
in reply to Sqkr

It's not all fun being a grown up!!

Lovely story! It's great that your children are just as enthusiastic with their exercise regimes - and well done to you and your husband for juggling life so that you can keep on running! So you're yet another jelly baby runner? Something I'd never heard of - or tried - until I read these running stories ;) x

Hidden
HiddenHalf Marathon
in reply to APScotland

Mmm jelly babies! They are much easier to chew and swallow whilst running. I tried jelly beans once and almost choked lol. Eating and breathing is a fine art!

GeorgiosA
GeorgiosAMarathon

Thank you for posting your story - love the photo! I got boy/girl twins too, but they are a bit too young for running at the moment...soon though! I hope they get into running and that part of your story really touched me :)

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HiddenHalf Marathon
in reply to GeorgiosA

Thank you. Our twins are so very different, one is a very social runner whereas the other needs to run for improving her behaviour! They have both been out on their bikes accompanying me in my runs, holidays are fun. They have a Rota of who comes with me next lol.

GeorgiosA
GeorgiosAMarathon
in reply to Hidden

Oh yes they are so different indeed - even ours at 10 weeks old are so distinct! I really admire how you 've inspired them to join you in your activities - and the rota sounds like a brilliant idea!

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