There wasn't anyone in my family who "did sport" when i was growing up. School sports day and PE lessons were up there with a visit to the dentist. So sport didn't feature in my life until I was almost 40. Up until that point I had run (and mostly walked) the odd 5K Race for Life, and in a moment of enthusiasm had entered the London 10000 in 2012 - a 10K race to raise money for charity that took in part of the Olympic marathon course. It was one of the hottest days of the year, I hadn't done a lot of (lets be honest any) training. I hated every minute of it. Needless to say, I didn't lace up my trainers again for another 2 years.
2 years later - in the year before my 40th birthday, I decided that I wanted to take swimming lessons in my local pool to learn the front crawl. All I could do was breast stroke and it was on a list of things that I wanted to do something about. Before long I had somehow entered myself into the Henley 1/2 mile open water swim and loved it. My 40th Birthday gift was a bicycle and so just to see what it was like I entered my first super sprint triathlon - the shortest distance I could find, on the basis that if i hated it - it would be over quickly. It was fun, scary and exhausting in equal measure. I was pretty slow, but I was hooked. Since then I have completed a number of triathlons at various distances including Ironman 70.3 distance.
As for running, I run all distances from up to and including ultra marathon distance - and now really do enjoy it - with trail running being my favourite. So much so that running tourism now features in all our holidays - its a great way to see the sights and get to know the area.
Exercise brings fabulous benefits - both physically and psychologically and I am passionate about encouraging new runners to have a go, get outside and experience the benefits for themselves. I do understand how challenging getting active can be, there is never a good time and it can it can be hard work in the beginning, but it really does just start with that first step.
England Athletics Run Leader
Sports Massage Therapist Level 3 & 4
Practitioners Diploma is Chair/Seated Acupressure on site massage
Practitioners Diploma in Myofascial Release
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YMCA - Level 2 Circuit Training
Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity
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