In April 2013, 4 months after having my second daughter, and the baby weight still firmly round my middle I joined a local class – – The Vibe. I was apprehensive at first joining a new class on my lonesome, but from the first session I knew I’d like it (even though I couldn’t walk properly for 5 days!). Run by the lovely Lizzie and attended by a variety of women from young to old(er) it’s a good laugh as well as good exercise. Anyway I digress.
I signed up to a 12 week challenge and in that time I lost 10.25lbs and a total of 10.75 inches. Looking and feeling much better with myself, and having seen some of the group have a great time entering The Spartan Race I registered myself as part of The Vibe team to participate in September 2014. It was totally unlike me and the idea of running through mud is something that makes me cringe, but I felt it would be something to aim for and to keep my motivation up.
Then came the discussion with my brother. For the last couple of years we had spoken about doing the Great North Run in 2014 so in January we entered the ballot. Yesterday we were both told we had been unsuccessful and we were both genuinely disappointed.
And then came the twist of fate……
One of the girls I train with at The Vibe has recently announced her pregnancy, and typically she yesterday she heard she had been given a place to run in the Great North Run, which is a matter of weeks after the due date of her little one.
A few emails exchanged between her and the officials and before you know it her place has been officially changed to me!!
I am thrilled and petrified. I have never done anything like this in my life and now I’m running a half marathon and then a 5k Spartan race which has 15 obstacles in the space of 21 days.
Best start going out on those runs and get training! Any tips and advice will be greatly appreciated!
What on earth have I done?!!!!
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