A very personal post

Today I took my daughter to the local hospital to see an ear nose and throat specialist as she was born with congenital pre auricular fistula (ear pits), its nothing serious but they wanted to just check if they had closed by themselves. So I walked the 2 and a half miles there, and then back again. (So that’s what I am logging for Janathon oh that and a very quick 1.5 mile run in the rain this evening)

As I power walked along the greenway I realised that it is in fact exactly 12 months to the day that I went into the same hospital to be induced. Wow what a year. It’s not actually Rosemary’s birthday until Wednesday (Yes…thats how long it took) But here’s a little recap on my first year of being a mum.

January 15th – Rose was born

February 11th – Joined Weightwatchers (weighing close to 18 stone)

March 9th – Went for my first run, a parkrun. Only managed one lap.

April 6th – Had my bum slapped on a training run

April 7th – Rosie and I took part in a 1km family fun run

May 14th – Ran (ok walked) a 5K race for life and met Lorraine Kelly

May 19th – Ran my first 10k (post baby) in 1 hour 20

July 10th – I went back to my running club

July 21st – Ran 5 miles in the Olympic Stadium with my sister

September 8th – Ran a half marathon (run to the beat) in under 3 hours

September 23rd – Ran a half marathon (Richmond half) in just over 3 hours

October 6th – Flew to Portugal and ran the Lisbon Rock n Roll half with my friend Mary (don’t ask me about times…in THAT heat???)

November 19th – Published my first ebook “10K” a training plan for beginners

November 23rd – I became a UK Athletics Run Leader

I had a bit of a break from running due to falling over on one of Roses toys which resulted in a pair of dodgy knees, which have sorted themselves out now

December 10th – Published my second ebook “How to get past the first 30 seconds”

December 25th – Went for a Xmas day run dressed as a xmas pudding

January 1st – Did a New Years Day Parkrun and signed up to both Janathon and Jantasticme

January 8th – Signed up to the Brighton Marathon, running for the charity MAMA

So, as you can see its been quite a year in terms of my running. But it has also been an incredible year for me in terms of my amazing baby girl Rose and my new role as “mum”. I so want to be a good role model for Rosie and for her to grow up in a household where exercise and healthy eating is the norm.

Having a baby has transformed my life beyond recognition. I always thought that I would want to jump back into employment straight after having a child, but that couldn’t be further from the truth (although my bank balance might tell you otherwise). I love being a stay at home mum, although if truth be known I am busier than ever.

Plans for 2014 include

  • Training for Brighton of course
  • Raising as much money as possible for the charity MAMA
  • Setting up a number of “mums on the run” buggy fit sessions across London (the first one starts next Wednesday in Stratford)
  • Building upon the success of #onebigfatrun the Free Virtual 5k I coordinate
  • Launching my 3rd running ebook “99 ways to run with a baby” due out on Amazon in early March.
  • Planning a “Fat Girl Running Convention” for the Summer

So there you have it.

I suppose you are wondering why this post is called “A very personal post”

Well…here goes…

Sadly in 2011 I had a miscarriage when I was 10 weeks pregnant which turned my world upside down. Now I know that miscarriage is very common with 1 in 3 pregnancies ending in this way. But when you really, really want to become a mum it is devastating. I was in a very dark place and found it hard to come to terms with it.

It was shortly after this that I decided to train for a marathon, I had to do something to take my mind of things, and I wanted to restore my faith in my body, which I felt had completely let me down. On reflection I can now see that Running was in fact my saviour, it pulled me out of an incredibly sad place and helped me build strength and confidence both in mind and body. In fact I truly believe if I hadn’t been training for the London marathon, I would never have conceived for a second time, my body was in the best shape it had ever been – I was ready to become a mum.

Anyway, as I sit here reflecting on the last 12 months I am so thankful for the blessing of being able to become a mum…but I do not for a minute take it for granted and I am mindful of just how many women can’t have children, or struggle to conceive or sadly lose their babies. Which is why I decided to run my 2nd marathon for MAMA


MAMA Academy is a registered charity working alongside The Royal College of Midwives. The aim of the charity is to equip all expectant mums and healthcare professionals with vital knowledge and education to give every baby the best chance of arriving safely and healthily.


I can’t think of a more suitable charity for me right now.

Everything was fine at the hospital so we spent the rest of the day playing in a cardboard box which I took great joy in customizing, simply enjoying Rosies curiosity and zest for life, despite having a stinking cold. She is a bundle of joy but I know it could all have been so different.

So on that note I will leave you with a little video about how my little one come into the world…you will see just how bloody big I was at the end of my pregnancy too!!

Finally for anyone able to help with my Brighton Marathon 2014 fundraising campaign for MAMA Academy, please visit my fundraising page to make a donation. I hope to raise over £500 so any amount will help even simply £1 or 1$


5 Responses to “A very personal post”
  1. What a great little video memory 🙂

  2. mariekeates says:

    Glad all went well at the hospital. You have certainly been on a journey of ups and downs over the last few years. Hope there are more ups than downs from now on, except hills of course. At the moment, being unemployed, there is no money in the pot to sponsor you but, if things change before your marathon I promise I will.

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