The first three months of the year are always busy for us at This Mum Runs – with lots of new runners taking their very first steps, others taking tentative steps towards their first events, or more regular runners taking on bigger personal challenges. Throughout February and March we will be featuring stories of TMR runners of ALL experience levels; we hope you find them as inspiring as we do.
Emma is mum to strong-willed little boy (her words, not ours!), she’s an architect and until recently joining the TMR Run30 programme, had barely done any exercise since cross country days at school.
Emma started her journey with This Mum Runs by signing up for the ‘Run 30’ (a coached programme for beginners) in Bristol. ‘I wanted to do something that was just for me, where I could ‘escape’ from being ‘Mummy’ or an architect and just find some space to think / or not think which is often needed too.
My self-confidence has definitely taken a dive recently, so it was time to make some changes. I hadn’t realised how much being a Mum would impact my general well-being, obviously I knew it was going to be tough, lots of sleepless nights etc, but it is so much harder than I had imagined.’
It is really hard to prioritise ourselves when we have little people to put first, but Emma decided to invest some time in being ‘her’ instead of always being ‘mum’.
‘Whilst running isn’t really classed as a ‘team sport’ with TMR it really is. Jo has been amazing, from the very start she put us all at ease, I think we were all quite nervous , but now we can’t wait to get going and are genuinely disappointed if we have to miss a session. I’d encourage anyone who is thinking about it to do one of the courses, I don’t think any of us can quite believe how easy it has been to get from zero to 30 minutes running, and to actually be enjoying it!’
Emma has some great plans to keep her motivated through the next year of running. ‘I’m looking to sign up for a 5k (maybe even a 10k) so that I’ve got something to work towards and I’d really love to do the Bristol half next year (maybe that’s a bit ambitious)! But the main way of staying motivated will be becoming a Run Angel, to help support other women in their running goals.’
‘I am so impressed with the TMR concept that I would love to be playing a small part in it. TMR genuinely feels like a respectful and likeminded group of women, which is hard to find, particularly in online forums. I’m a big fan of the branding and have succumbed to a few too many purchases given my lack of actual running experience!’
We are so thrilled that both Emma and some of the other recent Run 30 graduates are becoming Run Angels. This is the magic of TMR – a virtuous circle of finding support and then paying it forward. This makes the TMR team very happy indeed…..
This Mum Runs is a people-powered community-first organisation that empowers Mums everywhere to be healthier and happier. Through a network of volunteer Run Angels we offer free, social runs every Wednesday and Sunday across London, Bristol and Bath – with Cardiff and Brighton launching soon (and more to follow in 2019). To keep up to date with our plans – and for plenty of inspiration too – sign up for our weekly email here.