For over 20 years I worked as a busy PA in London at companies such as Virgin, Hamleys and Charles Worthington, and at that time running and exercise didn't really feature in my daily life. However, when I was working at Hamleys, a friend and I decided to run a 10K race in Richmond to raise money for charity, so I got a trainer, lost some weight, got fit and surprisingly found that I really enjoyed the training ….and the race was great fun too! I was well and truly bitten by the running bug …. so next I signed up to run the Great North Run and before I knew it I’d also got a charity place to run the London Marathon too!
It was sometimes difficult to fit my training and exercise in, since i was working 12-hours a day juggling a very busy and pretty stressful work load, but I tried hard to make it a priority to find the time each day to train and I ended up running my first marathon in London in a time of 4.17! I was so pleased and proud of myself... I was hooked!
I gave up working in London in 2006, to help set up Full Potential with Keith and, since then, I’ve completed my UKA Coaching qualifications and for me it’s an absolute pleasure to help other runners who are just starting out on their running journey to understand and enjoy their training and it’s so rewarding to help them reach their race goals and improve their fitness along the way.
My own running goals now are to break 4hrs for the marathon (I narrowly missed the time when I ran 4.01.02 in Boston a few years ago!) and to run a sub-50 min 10K time. I run 5-days a week and also include Pilates, Yoga and HIIT training most days too, not only to keep me fit and aiming towards achieving my goals, but because I also know how much it helps keep me sane in my busy life!
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