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Right where do I start.
My parents have always ran since I was the age of 2. They use to drag me to races so that I could be a bag sitter and freeze to death. As I became a little older they use to encourage me to run. I remember going to the "kids club" at our local running club and playing cat and mouse amonst other things. I was never really good at running and from what I can remember I came last doing a 3 mile fun run at Rothervally.
After that I was put of running. I use to watch my parents go running come rain or shine (and snow) and think they were crazy. The use to wear an odd selection of clothes and I swore never to be like that.
.............15 years later, guess what happens!
I left uni in 2006. I joined a gym later that year and started to do 15 mins of running here and there amongst other CV. Over time I started to do more and more running and less of the rowing and other CV I didnt enjoy as much. My running started to improve and I started to get a "buzz" out of it.
It wasnt until I started going home (Sheffield) at the weekend that it really took off. My mum talked me into going running with her and since then Ive never looked back. Most weekends she would take me on different routes around sheffield that she had been running all my life. I loved the freedom that running gave me, the sense of achievement at the end and the priceless time it gave me with my mum. It gave me a time away from work, and a time where I could be myself
About a year later my mum was diagnosed with epilepsy and found it difficult to run. Initially this was a low in my short running career as I do miss my runs with her, however it later encouraged me to meet and run with others.
I joined my first running club, Maltby in the summer of 2011 after doing my first few races. I actually live about 60 miles away from Maltby but as my parents were in this club already and I had been on a few of their running trips away (edinburgh and isle of skye) I knew some of the people quite well and it seemed ideal. I try to go running with the club on a sunday morning when Im back in Sheffield and I have done a number of races for them. Despite living in York, I do go back to sheffield most weekends to watch football and go running.
Despite living far from Maltby and not being able to run with them frequently I do enjoy being a member. Ive met some fabulous people who are very supportive and encouraging. They organise some amazing trips away, for example London in April for the VLM and Berlin (big 25).
As I havent been able to train with my first club much I decided to join another club as second claim a few months ago. This was knavesmires. I was hoping to meet more new people and form new freindships with people where I live now. I was also wanting the opportunity to run out side more, rather than having to do most of my training on a treadmill. I have managed to make it to a few of their monday evening runs (but this does clash with netball) but not many as they tend to meet when im still at work. Im hoping to start going to the track on a Thursday, starting tomorrow. So far ive only done cross coutry for knavesmires but hopefully I will be able to enter alot more local races for them.
So why am i in the busy lifestyle category;
I work as a GP and my hours are generally 8am-7pm, but on some days I can finish as late as 9pm. Some people think that GPs have spare hours in the middle of the day but I have never met one yet that has.
I play netball on a monday (for shurburn) and sometimes we have a game mid week. Luckily my team are very understanding with regards to my running and did let me concentrate on VLM last year after missing a month of training.
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