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Posted by admin on May 19, 2016
Throughout my life, I was useless at sport. I was the last to be picked for school teams, and had absolutely no coordination. My nickname (one of many) was Bambi legs. I could trip myself up as soon as I stood up.
My husband and some good friends of ours did triathlons. I used to be amongst the support crew – cheering and getting inspired, but not actually doing anything about it. Then, I heard about obstacle races: Tough Mudders, Total Warriors, Spartans…. Basically people looking a bit hard-core, whilst having a laugh, getting muddy and getting fit in the process. I decided that this would be my thing. So, I signed up and completed Total Warrior with a bunch of fellow ladies, and we raised money for Alice’s Escapes. We jogged it, so it took about 2 hours, but it was something to strive for and I had to train. I couldn’t have done it without getting out into the fresh air and pounding up and down some hills. It was awesome, and I took part in it twice – the second time, in hindsight, was probably not a good idea, as I would have been about six weeks pregnant!
So, maternity leave beckoned and whilst I wasn’t racing up hills or doing Bootcamp, I did get out walking. I didn’t need to go far – the school run and the shops would be two miles a day. Upon my return to work, I slipped into laziness. In addition, I was commuting by car more as I was travelling to Lancaster. The hours in the car and at my desk started to take their toll, and the Christmas overindulgence was starting to make itself too comfortable!
Flourish has made me reassess my lifestyle to make sure I fit in more exercise. I walk when I can, and on the days that I am travelling, I make sure that I get out at lunch time. The great thing about my job is that it is an active one. I facilitate Corporate Induction, and the last time I ran one at Barrow I had done nearly 6,000 steps by lunch. Those stairs in the Lecture Theatre are better than a step class! Now the nights are lighter, I try and get my family outside after dinner. Walking is great, but even more fun is a game of football in the garden, or a bounce on the trampoline. Then, when the kids are in bed, I’ve found some great yoga videos on YouTube. They only take 20 minutes and I find it a great way to stretch, and actually take the time to breathe properly.
Whilst tracking your steps is great (you feel a sense of achievement when your wrist vibrates letting you know you have met your target), nothing compares to a decent walk outside. I took the kids and my mum to South Walney Nature Reserve a couple of weeks ago. I think I did about 12,000 steps – but who needs to count steps when you’re having fun battling against the headwind, looking for seals hiding out watching Knots? We are so amazingly fortunate to live here. People travel from all over the world to walk in the Lake District. I can’t wait to get out and explore some more this year. I can’t see me doing any more hard-core obstacle races in the future, but perhaps the Three Peaks beckon….An item on my ‘bucket list’ is Machu Picchu, and I understand that to be a walk that you need to train for.
Flourish has encouraged me to keep it up. All too often, I’ve started something and let it fallen by the wayside. Walking is easy, but so is picking up the car keys - especially when the sky looks a bit grey. Through Flourish, I’ve made sure that I’ve kept on track, and will continue to do so.