This Mum Runs changed my life…and now I want to pay it forward!

Until 2016, I had never done any running in my life. That all changed when I completed a Run 30 course with TMR – little did I know that course would be the beginning of a new love affair with running.

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I had never run and never thought that it was something that I could do, let alone ever want to do! On a whim I signed up to the TMR Run 30 course after seeing it advertised on a local Facebook group, I still to this day have no idea what made me do it. I thought I would do the 8 week course, hate it but a least I would have done some exercise.

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I Ran to Meet New Friends & Found Myself

As part of our birthday celebrations this month, we are taking a moment. To reflect and think about all that the amazing This Mum Runs community has achieved over the past 4 years.

As part of this moment of reflection, of course we wanted to tell your stories too. To shine a light on stories of brilliant transformation for women in the This Mum Runs community. To showcase how running has given them new found confidence in other areas of their lives too.

Meet Stacey.

How did you find out about TMR?

I remember hearing about This Mum Runs quite a few years ago when Mel set it up. Back, what feels like eons ago, in my pre-Mum life Mel had done some consultancy work for the company I worked for and we always got on well, so when I saw she had set up the community I was intrigued and wanted to support her. I didn’t think I would ever really have the confidence to get involved with the running or the social media myself though!

What do you love about running with TMR?

I completed the RUN30 course this year and I really enjoyed it. Initially I was really nervous but I decided to push through myself to start it and I loved meeting new people! My Run Maker (Sam) was amazingly kind and supportive and made me feel like I would be able to do it! I loved it so much I cried when the course was over!

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Because of where I live and the hours my husband works I don’t get to go to any social runs so I’m a bit of a lone wolf when it come to TMR runs, but I get so much support through the TMR Bristol Facebook page that I feel like I carry the support of the TMR ladies with me when I pop out for a trundle across the fields or around the village!

Has running with TMR helped you in other ways?

Before joining in with TMR I hadn’t run for years. After doing the Bath Half in 2008 I never really got back into it, then I had my daughter in 2010 followed by my son in 2012 and exercise really took a backseat.

I struggled with post natal depression after having my daughter, who cried all the time, and was very isolated so I would walk for miles. After I had my son I couldn’t do that and I started to struggle with my health generally. I found a class I loved but that stopped and nothing else would stick. I became  anxious and depressed and after finding myself crying for ‘no reason’ a lot decided to go on antidepressants.

After stalking the TMR Facebook page for a long time I decided I needed to start somewhere with exercise again, and that a 10 min walk/run with my daughter was better than nothing!

Running over the past year to 18 months has become a really positive way to support myself mentally and physically. After completing the RUN30 course I kept up my running and at the same time was helping a very small team of runners with moral support to train for the Bath Half 2018. When it was cancelled everyone was gutted. I sat in the bath and cried (no pun intended), but a few days later and a new Half Marathon booked in for the team I decided that I might as well give it a go myself!!

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I posted my runs and my progress in the TMR Facebook group and people gave me the thumbs up, I asked for advice and I got support, I even took pictures involving my bare arms and legs (#freeyourarms) and journey to complete a Half Marathon and to recovery began!! Without the TMR Community I don’t think I could’ve done it! The TMR ladies have me the confidence to carry on!

How your life is now and how you manage your mental health?

I have managed to come off the antidepressants now and when I feel the anxiety rising and the fog of depression re-emerging I know a run will help, either with a friend or on my own. Running has really helped increase both my mental and physical resilience.

When I went to the doctor to ask her if I could come off the medication she asked my what coping mechanisms I have and I said “I run now” and she agreed that running can do wonders for you and as as long as I could keep that up I could give it a go. 

I still have the odd panic attack and my down days but I know there is a way out and that going for a run will help me clear my head and find the solution. Plus I feel like a positive role model for my kids which is worth it’s weight in gold … (or even running medals!!)

This weekend is commonly known as Black Friday. At This Mum Runs we are actively encouraging you to switch off the laptop and the tech this weekend, to get outdoors for a run! Share your pics, tag them #blackfriday #thismumruns and you could be in with a chance of winning a whole load of exciting spot prizes!

Flexible work with This Mum Runs means more time to build my own business

In a month where we are celebrating This Mum Runs and all the many ways we have empowered women to lead bigger, bolder, healthier, happier lives, we wanted to take the opportunity to shine a light a bit closer to home too.

The This Mum Runs HQ team is made up of a team of kick ass women who wanted more from their lives. To give something back, yes. But also more for themselves – more balance, the opportunity to work on something meaningful, the flexibility to follow the multitude of paths that lead to their dreams.

I am proud to be building a business that makes this possible – for myself and for others.

So in a week that sees the world celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, it felt appropriate to tell the stories of women in my team who are building blended careers, including their own businesses alongside their role with us, with the support of This Mum Runs.

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I quit corporate life for TMR and found me again

In a month where we are celebrating This Mum Runs and all the many ways we have empowered women to lead bigger, bolder, healthier, happier lives, we wanted to take the opportunity to shine a light a bit closer to home too.

The This Mum Runs HQ team is made up of a team of kick ass women who wanted more from their lives. To give something back, yes. But also more for themselves – more balance, the opportunity to work on something meaningful, the flexibility to follow the multitude of paths that lead to their dreams.

I am proud to be building a business that makes this possible – for myself and for others.

So on the day that sees the world celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, it felt appropriate to tell the stories of two women in the team who are building blended careers with the support of This Mum Runs.

First up, Jo Lee, TMR Head of People. Read More

From running with TMR to running my own business

As we continue our 4th birthday celebrations this month, we are taking a moment to reflect on the things that are most important to us a community driven organisation.

Right at the top of the list is our mission to empower other women to be healthier and happier. This goes way beyond going out for a run every week. And is as much about empowering women to lead their best and happiest lives, as well as making exercise a regular part of it.

Introducing Corinne. A Mum of two, TMR runner, and founder of online organic beauty retailer, Rare Beauty. We caught up with her last week to find out how she’s juggling life as a Mum and entrepreneur, and how running with TMR has helped her on this journey.

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Tell us about your business, it sounds brilliant!

I launched the Rare Beauty online store (www.rare-beauty.co.uk) six months ago to showcase natural & organic skincare brands founded by female entrepreneurs. For about six years I had been making my own natural skincare as a hobby. During research I discovered many beautiful, ethical brands created by women skincare experts. I felt compelled to create a women-led natural skincare platform for these brands. Rare Beauty now showcases twelve brands and over 70 products ranging from face creams to body washes with lots more to launch next year.

 

I had a very varied career in partnership building, marketing and sales roles. My last employed role was with Common Purpose, a global leadership charity as a Regional Sales Director. There were aspects of the role that I very much enjoyed but I have always struggled to ‘settle’ in jobs. A few years ago I set up a consultancy business with a friend and I really enjoyed the process but the solitary consultancy work was not for me. When I hit upon what I felt was a viable idea that could grow into a business I could not let the opportunity pass me by. So here I am, at the start of my entrepreneur journey as an online retailer!

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 When I discovered natural, plant-based skincare about six years ago I also trained in herbal medicine practices. There is so much intuitive, powerful female knowledge that has been lost with the takeover of Western medicine. As a result, I try to respect my mind-body connection and take a more holistic approach to wellbeing whenever I can. I really believe in the power of self-care, whether that be a weekly beauty treatment, a regular yoga practice or a run, to help us re-set our bodies and restore our minds.

What gave you the courage to make such huge changes to your career and your life?

Some serendipity and some craziness! I think I have always had an entrepreneurial mindset, if there is such a thing, and the stars aligned at just the right time to allow me to set up Rare Beauty during maternity leave for my second baby. A hugely supportive family and network of friends is essential. Rare Beauty is like my third child: it is a 24/7 calling. So it is really important that as a family unit we are all in it together. My eldest daughter loves helping me ‘in my shop’ and I feel very proud that she is seeing me doing meaningful work that I love. It also means I can juggle my hours around school/childcare which I find very empowering as a mother.

How did you get involved with This Mum Runs?

I think it was through Facebook, quite a long time ago and I remember saying to my husband ‘Wow, this Mel Bound has a fabulous business idea, this is going to go global!’ However, it was a year or so later after my second child that I found that I was in actually badly in need of TMR myself. Having been a runner for ten years before I had children, I totally lost my mojo after the birth of my first child and never really got back into running again. I experienced a brief period of post-natal depression after the birth of my second child which compelled me to look into TMR again and sign up to their Run 60 course in January this year.

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Has being part of This Mum Runs helped you with your start up journey?

I can honestly, hand on heart say that without TMR I would not be celebrating six months in business right now! I started the Run 60 course in dark and cold January with a huge task ahead of me to launch Rare Beauty. I got my resilience back, my fitness returned and I discovered that I actually love running with other women (I was always a solitary runner before TMR). The TMR course got me into a mindset that meant I was able to set myself goals for my running and my business launch with confidence.

I launched Rare Beauty and ran the Bristol 10k in the same week in May. It was emotional!

Six months on, I still run three times a week and join the free Social Runs every Wednesday. It is a very important part of my work/life balance. The TMR community is so incredibly supportive and accepting, I love everything about it and I feel very proud to be a part of such a fabulous women-led community. Thank you TMR and Mel for being such an inspirational mumpreneur to us all!

Emma finds her wings with TMR

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Wow, we are 4! And this month we are taking a moment to shine a light on stories of brilliant transformation for women in the This Mum Runs community – showcasing how running has given them new found confidence in other areas of their lives too.

Meet Emma.

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. Read More

Talking Running, Mumhood and Cake with Bake Off’s Briony.

When we first discovered that TMR Mama, Briony had won a coveted place on the line up of this year’s Great British Bake Off, you can imagine our excitement. Yes, there was happy dancing in a proud Mum kind of way. We are never prouder when we see one of our own following her passion, so this really was the *ahem* icing on the cake.

Imagine my delight when I met with her on a sunny autumn morning in Bristol – following her (let’s face it untimely) departure from the semi finals of the Channel 4 show – for a run and a chat about all things running, mumhood and baking.

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We Are Four.

Its now four years since that dark, cold November evening  when I stood nervously outside a Bristol park waiting to see if anyone  would turn up to meet me, following my desperate plea on Facebook for a running buddy – and secretly hoping no-one would come because it would mean I could sneak off home, settle back on the sofa with a glass of wine and Strictly on catch up.  Read More

Free Those Arms

As most of you will be aware, we are running a month long campaign encouraging women to free their arms and legs from long sleeves and leggings, shake off the fear of being judged and enjoy their bodies. You can check out the stories that are being shared across the This Mum Runs social channels using the tags #FreeYourArms #FreeYourLegs

As part of the campaign we asked Body Image Guru, and Global Body Image Movement Ambassador, Lisa Beasley to tell us what she thinks holds women back when it comes to body confidence. Here’s what she said.

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Finding Your Why

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This month has been a truly epic one for This Mum Runs. As many of you know, we are a community driven, people powered business. Yes we sell tee shirts and sweatshirts (and  pretty cool ones as it happens – if you want to check them out, they’re here). But literally our reason for being is to make peoples lives better – to empower women to be healthier and happier.

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