I am a mother of (at the moment) one child: a 23 month old girl and 38 weeks pregnant. My aim is to complete a hilly trail marathon somewhere in the UK in 2016.
Before I had children I was not seriously into running. I went to the gym a few times a week, and ran once a for 30-45 minutes but never pushed myself. In fact, my first race was the Cardiff 10km in 2004/2005 (I forget!) for which I had not trained and it took me 1 hour and 15 minutes! I walked most of it. since then I have completed multiple Race for Lifes (in Cardiff and Bristol), the Bristol 10km an few times and the Bristol half-marathon once (again, I underestimated the distance and trained insufficently for it).
It wasn’t until after my daughter was born that I actually got into running. When she was five months old I went out for my first 20 minute jog while my partner looked after our daughter. I just wanted to be outside alone and have some ‘me time’. I didn’t follow a training plan nor did I run regularly. All I wanted was my own head-space every few days while on maternity leave and still adjust to the lifestyle change.
I returned to work part-time when my daughter was 10 months old and tried to continue running but trying to keep a work/life balance was difficult and I didn’t have the time nor the inclination to continue running on a regular basis. I still signed up for the Bristol 10km in 2014 and it took me just over an hour – my fastest time yet!
Now that I am 34 I was thinking about what I want to achieve before I turn 40 and one of the things on the list is a marathon and another is a trail race so I thought I would combine the two and aim to train for a trail marathon in 2016.
Aims for 2015:
Race for Life (5km) 5th July 2015
Run 1000km by the end of 2015
Aims for 2016:
Run a trail marathon (North Downs 2016)
Trail Runner Wannabe About Me by Tarnjit Khera is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.