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My name is Hannah and I’m a 31 year old mum to a very lively and energetic little boy, who I can’t believe is turning two in November! It has felt like a long journey back to any sort of fitness after having him. I’m sure many of you parents out there know how hard it is to not only find the time but also the motivation to exercise, when lets face it, we would much rather be sat on the sofa enjoying a glass of wine and a bag of crisps.
After a year of some rather feeble attempts of going to the gym, not just to sit on my phone and enjoy the non interrupted ‘me time’, I decided to set myself a challenge to run the Harrogate 10k Race for Life in July 2019.
Training for this run has been one of the hardest things I’ve done in fitness, not necessarily because of the distance but because I realised how much ‘weaker’ my body was after having a baby. My body hurt, my hips ached and I couldn’t go 5 minutes without needing to pee!
As I began to push myself to run a little bit further each week, to do a couple more sit ups and lift a little bit more on the weight machines, I realised my perspective on fitness was changing. I used to measure my fitness on how many calories I’d burnt, how flat my stomach was and whether I could fit into those skinny jeans I’d bought 3 years ago. But now, with my body not quite looking the way it did and needing to get used to things being wobbly that once weren’t wobbly, my two stomachs and don’t even mention the saggy boobs! (It happens to the best of us!)
I have come to realise that my fitness is now about my strength, endurance, building my self esteem, keeping good mental health and yes, sometimes just getting out of the house so I can sit on my phone and have some non interrupted ‘me time’.
I hope when you read this it comes as an encouragement to you, to perhaps aim for something you don’t think is possible. I completed my 10k in 59 minutes. Something I never thought I was capable of achieving!
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