Hi, I’m Rose, a
39 40 42 43 🙁 year old runner from the lovely Dorset Coast.
I started this blog as I was incredibly lucky and got a ballot place for VLM 2011 and then incredibly also got one for VLM2012 so thought that logging my thoughts/training/progress etc would help with the motivation! (those of you who’ve applied lots of times please don’t hate me!)
Since I did the VLM twice I also ran the Purbeck Marathon route twice (2014 & 2012 – with the committee), ran the Giant’s Head marathon in June 2013 and then got injured attempting the Purbeck marathon route committee run in August 2013. I badly sprained my ankle, strained my Achilles, couldn’t exercise for ages, ate too much, gained weight and basically didn’t look after myself very well at all so when I could finally start exercising again it was with the added burden of 2 stone I REALLY don’t need and 1 that I could probably do without! I’m still struggling to get rid of that weight despite a full year of being back running. I’m not really sure why it’s so much harder to shift these days but it’s probably a combination of age, my body being ‘used’ to the exercise and my love of wine!
I now have a club place for VMLM 2015 so here we go again!!!!
I’m a very busy, full time working, mum of two and wife of one! I’m lucky enough to live in the gorgeous Purbeck Hills with my husband Mike and my two lovely (mostly!) children Grace (13) and Elliot (8)
A little bit of bit of background information….
This picture of me was taken at Christmas in 2008 – it’s quite a shocker!
I don’t quite know how I let myself get so overweight and unfit but enough was enough and I decided that I needed to do something about it.
Over the years I’ve tried lots and lots of ‘diets’ and been very successful at losing weight. The problems only started once the diet ‘stopped’.
Therefore I needed to find something that would make me change things forever, a way of life, rather than a diet. I did a fair bit of googling and decided that I’d give calorie counting a go. I initially started with a free website called Food Focus but although the calorie counting was working the site just wasn’t reliable enough and then it totally went offline and I had to search for an alternative.
I was lucky enough to find Weight Loss Resources and I can honestly say I’ve never looked back. It’s a fantastic site with literally thousands and thousands of food items in the database, a great bunch of people on the forums and tools that are so easy to use that anyone can do it. Best of all you can tailor your weightloss goals exactly to you and your way of life and even better….you can ‘earn’ extra calories by doing lots of lovely exercise. Therefore, not only do you lose weight but you tone up, get fit and feel bloomin fantastic too!
I had to find an exercise routine to fit in with my busy life and my empty purse. I had a Davina McCall DVD lurking at the back of a cupboard so I decided to start with that. I dug it out and started doing a 40 or 50 minute session 3 to 4 times a week. For anyone not familiar with Davina’s workout dvds they always consist of lots of different types of routines; aerobics, kick boxing type aerobics, body pump for upper body and body pump for lower body. This really works well as even with just one dvd you can vary your routine when some bits are still too achey to work again! I can thoroughly recommend these to anyone of any fitness level as you really can work to suit yourself without finishing yourself off! These days I still ‘do’ Davina and have 4 of her dvds; High Energy Five, Davina Fit 2010, Body Buff and Super Body Workout. I am also a big fan of Jillian Michaels DVDs, particularly the 30 Day Shred.
As I hope you’ll agree, all my hard work paid off and I was much more happy with my photos from Christmas 2009!
In late December 2009 my son brought a letter home from his pre-school about a fundraising event they wanted support for. A 5km fun run to be held on Valentines Day in 2010. Initially I put the letter down and out of my mind. Running was for not for me and never would be. Even at school I hadn’t been able to run, in fact my mum always used to laugh about how I was always the one who was going so slow that I wasn’t blurred in Sport’s Day photos……
For some reason though I went back to the letter and then mentioned to my husband that I was thinking of doing it…he laughed….. now what greater incentive could that be?! A challenge indeed! So the seed was sown and that was the start of my running obsession!
I knew that there was a runners board on WLR (weight loss resources) so I hopped over there for a bit of advice and got lots! The main thing was that a lot of people had used a training plan called Couch to 5k from Cool Runnings. I went and searched for it and found that I could download podcasts to use which would tell me when to run, when to walk etc etc. I used the ones from Robert Ullrey, the music is quite middle of the road so not likely to offend anyone! I duly did my first ‘run’ (more walk, less run) and then found the next day that I could barely walk!!! Back to the WLR boards I went and pleaded for help, surely a few mins running shouldn’t do this to a girl?
Luckily there was more fantastic advice given and I was told that I shouldn’t try to ‘run’ at all but that I should actually be jogging at a speed where I felt like I could walk faster, so next time out I tried that and it worked! I was religious in my training, never missing a single session even with all the ice and snow we had this year! I live in a tiny village with no streetlights and most of my C25K was done in the dark, in freezing conditions with the aid of a rather too large headtorch!!!! However, I realised that it was all worth it on the day in week 5 (I think) where you run for 20 minutes without stopping. I never ever thought I could achieve that and I think that the high stayed with me for about 2 weeks!
I completed that first fun run in a very respectable 34 mins and immediately came home and entered the Bournemouth Bay 10k! I need a challenge to stay focused and that was it!
I continued my training, did the Bournemouth Bay and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’d heard about a local running club and contacted them in March about becoming a member. I got a reply back but then bottled out, thinking that there was no way I was a good enough runner to belong to a club. However, the idea didn’t go away so in April I emailed them again and finally went along for my first run.
I couldn’t have made a better decision. I am now a fully fledged member and a even a Group Leader of Purbeck Runners and love my running more and more all the time. Go and have a look at their website for more information but if you are a runner who lives in the Purbecks and who doesn’t already belong then you should give it a try. The club supports runners of ALL abilities and the encouragement, help and support is second to none. Much more importantly I have made a huge bunch of fantastic friends and look forward to my Long Sunday Chat (with added run…) every week!!!!!!
So…how did I end up entered into the marathon?
I actually have my son to blame for that one. He was poorly one night and we spent the night on the sofa, him coughing, crying, sleeping, puking etc etc etc….. me surfing, NOT sleeping, nearly crying…..any mums will get the idea……….. at around 4am I realised that it was the day the ballot opened, so in a moment of sleep deprived madness I entered…never once thinking that I would be successful. However, once I’d done it and as time passed and I completed my first half marathon (the very hilly Swanage half!) I couldn’t help but to get more excited by the idea and by the time October came round I REALLY wanted to do it. The day that the magazines started landing on peoples’ doorsteps I couldn’t wait to get home and see if mine had arrived..it had..and it said ‘Congratulations’ on the cover!!!!! Woo hoo…………..
So…. that is how I ended up training for a marathon, writing a blog, completing a marathon and just running, running and more running! I always intended to stop blogging once I’d completed the marathon but it’s kind of addictive and I enjoy the chance to write. It’s actually a very therapeutic activity and I hope that sometimes what I write can help to encourage other people to eat a bit less and move a bit more ……
Even though I’m now not slim once again I am still a runner (albeit a very slow one right now) and this blog will now track my progress back to being where I want to be!