TMR Yearbook: Class of 2016 – Anna Beeton

My name is Anna and I have recently started the This Mum Runs Couch to 5K Absolute Beginners course at Royal Victoria Park, Bath.

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I have two children, a 3.5 year old and a 10 month old.  I’m definitely in the lazy camp and don’t do any real kind of exercise apart from running after the kids.  I have got into the habit of eating too much and doing very little so I am carrying some extra weight!

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TMR Yearbook: Class of 2016 – Abi Corboy

 

My name is Abi, I completed the This Mum Runs C25k in January, have done the Technique Masterclass and also recently the 5k plus course, all in Keynsham.

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I’m a busy mum of two beautiful kids; Noah who is 4, and Ruby who is now 9 months. I’m currently off on maternity leave but am normally self-employed working in Sales, which involves a lot of driving (ie sitting still)!

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August Mum Of The Month – Kathy Rogers

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With a few 10Ks under her belt and plans for more in the future, there’s no question that Kathy Rogers is now a runner.

Yet she still seems surprised by that fact herself, this woman who summed up her attitude to sport pre-TMR in the simple phrase ‘‘eughhh exercise’’.  Thus it was with a mix of pride and disbelief that she told me on the phone how she has now been known to head out for a solo 10K run on a Friday night. When, she wondered, did she become one of those people who exercise, by choice, on a weekend?!

In fact, her surprise at her running success is more understandable when you’re aware of her journey up to this point with TMR. Kathy’s path into running has not been easy, and where she is now is a testament to her determination in the face of the many hurdles the world sent her way.

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First there came the shin splints, which ultimately forced her to stop running in 2014 and to drop out of the original Couch to 5K course the following January. Things continued to go wrong for Kathy in 2015 and a combination of injuries and personal issues led to 8 months when she didn’t have the headspace or time to be running. Eventually, determined to get back into running she enrolled on the Tyntesfield couch to 10K course in September 2015. This went well until week 4, when injuries once again forced her to drop out. These complications were followed by illness, which eventually developed into pneumonia and left her bed-bound for the majority of autumn. Running was once again strictly out of the question.

However, Kathy wasn’t ready to give up (not that Mel would ever let her!). Jump forward to January this year and she was back, once again on the Tynesfield couch to 10K course, a last attempt on her behalf to prove that she could actually run. She jokes about the tough love shown by her Run Maker Gemma Davis that helped push her outside her comfort zone and improve with each week until suddenly there were no weeks left. 3 courses and 18 months later, Kathy ran the Tyntesfield 10K! An achievement made all the sweeter for Kathy by having her friend and fellow TMR Mama Rachael James running by her side.

Following her course she joined the social and then the training runs. She has gone from strength to strength with the support and encouragement of the TMR community, which she describes as somewhere where women “build each other up” rather than being in competition. And she has also decided to give back to this community that has helped her so much, through training as a Run Angel and pledging to lead community runs.

Kathy’s now surpassed her original goal – to be able to run a 10K without totally stressing out about it – and has set her sights on getting faster at 10K and getting involved with more races. Inspired by her brothers efforts running the London marathon for charity this year, Kathy herself managed to raise £450 for St Peter’s Hospice through running the Bristol 10K. She recently even managed to get her husband in on the running hype, completing the Two Tunnels race with him earlier this year.

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Despite her modest amusement at being called inspirational, there’s no denying that’s what her story is. Ending the phone call with a question about her plans for the future, it’s hard not to feel moved when she tells me (amidst exclamations of “and I can’t quite believe I’m saying this”) that this Autumn she’s booked a family day out running at the Dyrham Park Family fun runs. Not only has she overcome barriers to be able to run personally, but her children seem to be following suit. She tells me proudly that her 5 year old son completed his first race, running one mile for sport relief, and that her daughter tries to join in with her warm ups in the hallway before she heads out.

So if this isn’t a story that proves you should never give up, we don’t know what is.

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Look out for updates and videos from Kathy on our Facebook page in the next few weeks.

 

All about the Girl

 

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Guest Blog by Corinne Ribbons

A few weeks ago on Twitter I shared an article about the new Always #LikeAGirl advert campaign

That got me thinking. With a similar feisty feminist message as the This Girl Can campaign tries to get across, it’s the latest in a push to empower girls to excel in sport and exercise (hallelujah!).

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This Mum Runs inspires 1000th beginner to get running!

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So this photo is of the final session of the first ever beginners running group we ever did back in January 2015. They had all just run their first ever 5k. I won’t lie, it was emotional!

The reason we started beginners programmes in the first place was because one of the Mums on the TMR Facebook group posted saying ‘they couldn’t run to the end of the road’ and so couldn’t come to our social runs.

There was talk of going to the park and using a book to work out what to do. I couldn’t stand by and watch that happen and offered to lead a Couch to 5k programme.

So last January this group of intrepid Mums braved the freezing cold winter nights, the dark, the cold, the hail and the snow. One particularly eventful night there was even a huge thunder storm and lots of forked lightening which when you have a metal whistle in your mouth (like I did) is a particularly alarming moment!

But it was a pretty special moment for us too. Because it was the start of one of the things that is most important to me and to This Mum Runs as we continue to grow:

*Helping women who have never run before get started*

*Providing the self belief that many women lack after terrible experiences of PE at school and sport through their lives*

*Offering support, encouragement, advice and motivation by the bucket load to help women get out the door for a run and to keep doing it!*

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Here is the same group of women 5 months later about to take part in their first ever 10K. Aside from the weather being infinitely better, what an incredible achievement!

Fast forward a year and it turns out there were lots of women who felt exactly the same.

In the last 12 months, we’ve trained a team of 50 Run Makers who between them have coached over 1000 WOMEN on our Couch to 5k programme.

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1000 WOMEN!! How amazing is that?

It is one of the many things that I am most proud of out of everything we have achieved so far.

And it is a big focus for everything we do in the future as we roll out This Mum Runs to new locations.

So.

What better reason to invest in our crowdfunding campaign than this?

Invest and you’ll be helping us to grow the team that will inspire 1000s more women to take the first step and get out the front door. So that we can help them to make running a regular fixture in their lives.

Our campaign is now live on Crowdcube, the worlds leading investment crowdfunding platform. In the first 48 hours we attracted over 130 investors and we’d love you to join them.

To read more about our campaign and to invest today, the link to our campaign is right here:

https://www.crowdcube.com/…/this-mum-runs-ltd/pitches/qBwz0l

Join us, and tell your friends too….together we can get the world running one Mum at a time!

 

My Perfect Ten

 

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It’s sometimes a wierd thing, running a running business. As you can imagine, I talk about running. A LOT.

I get asked all the time ‘Do you run every day, bet you do?’, ‘How many marathons have you run, bet it’s loads?’It’s almost as if we judge each others running credentials by how many miles we pack into the week, or how far we drag ourselves.

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What do you Run On? Tell us for a chance to win….

Last week we launched our #ThisMumRunsOn campaign. This week, we’re launching our #ThisMumRunsOn competition. 
 
Get involved, and win a deliciously nutritious package of organic cold pressed juices from Plenish (Plenish Tasting Flight) plus lots of fab runners up prizes too.
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Our campaign is a celebration of those things that motivate us, inspire us and keep us Mamas going.

It’s an invitation to share a little of what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ of family life with each other. Partly because motherhood (and running) can be a slog sometimes – and it’s flippin helpful to be reminded you’re not the only one at it!

Also because lets face it, there are moments of total hilarity and the laughs are just worth sharing too.

And because what other women do, how they manage it, what they see in it and have to say about it is often (always) the most brilliant / inspiring / motivating stuff of all.

One thing is for sure – #ThisMumRunsOn all you lot and how brave, bold, strong, warm and generally awesome you are. You are literally what keeps us going and gets Team TMR out of bed in the morning. Getting to know so many amazing women, running  with you and getting to work / hang out / chat / laugh with you has already been the most fantastic journey, and we want more!

We’d love you to get involved with the campaign and share what you run on too. It could be a favourite trail run, your best runners’ breakfast, or your kids’ crazy antics that make you simultaneously laugh / want to tear your hair out…..

Or like me, it might be that morning ritual first coffee of the day or a glass of your favourite Hendricks with your feet up in front of the tv at the end of a hectic day.

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Whatever it is, we’d love to hear about it.  And we’re launching a competition on our Facebook Page (not the groups, the central page www.facebook.com/ThisMumRunsUK) and on Twitter to say thanks for sharing.

It’s super easy to enter:

To enter on Facebook – all you need to do is comment on the competition post 
To enter on Twitter – tweet using the #ThisMumRunsOn hashtag and @thismumruns 

 Here is a taster of the #thismumrunson posts we’ve had so far:

“I run on stress, guilt, necessity and pride, I RUN on the need for clear headspace, me time and the chance to share a few breathless words with my running sisters #sisterhood #TMRlove #problemshared#megasupport #thismumrunson @thismumruns”

 What do you run on Mamas? We can’t wait to hear from you!
 
The competition opens on Sunday 15th May 10am

 

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Dear Winter, I’m Breaking Up with You. I think it’s time I started seeing other Seasons.

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I don’t know about you but it feels like we’ve had a the longest winter in the history of winters this year – do you know what I mean? Freeeeeeezing cold evenings, frost bitten mornings, dragging yourself to work in the gloom, trudging home in the dark. Grey days and that hideous incessant fog like drizzle that makes even my dead straight hair frizzy. It’s gone on so long we’ve started having genuine conversations about emigrating somewhere warm. Seriously now, enough’s enough.

So with the first day of spring looming on the 20th March, when we were asked to be part of British Military Fitness’s #SpringIntoAction campaign it felt like a sign. If there was a campaign about spring, springlike weather must surely be on it’s way too, right? So we jumped on the chance and prayed that it would be a good omen. And our brief was to ‘Get outdoors and muddy’. So far, so simple.

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Eating like Kings is a Family Affair

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I’ve been thinking.  Which as you all know can be pretty dangerous. Last time I got to thinking, I ran around on a cliff edge for a few hours to find a bit of headspace. Which let’s face it is not the most sensible idea I’ve ever had.

In my quest to look after myself a bit better, though, my thoughts have unsurprisingly turned to food. Our kids eat like kings. Their weekly meals are planned with military precision, we batch cook well balanced and delicious stuff for them so we’ve (almost) always got something nutritious to hand. We tempt them with lots of fruit, veggies and seeds.

We’re not always successful I hasten to add and there are many many (too many) mealtimes when they point blank refuse to eat the delicious offering we have so loving prepared (grrr). So they are definitely not poster children when it comes to food, but they generally eat pretty well.

So far, so healthy.

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Never. Never. Never Give Up

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About 10 years ago, in a moment of total weakness, I was persuaded to start competing in a series of runs called Endurance Life. I had come out of a crappy relationship and needed something to get my teeth into.  And this, I was absolutely certain, was it. I vaguely remember half reading the race information. The routes looked pretty hilly, but were along the pretty coastal paths of South Devon and Cornwall. There were pictures of blue skies, sparkling seas, scenic lighthouses. It would be great, I thought. Just what I needed.

This was life before kids so I actually had some free time. So I did loads and loads of running in preparation, plus lots of strength stuff and core training and running up and down mega hills type craziness.

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