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    My Running Journey So Far

    Hi all, I'm Becky, a Brand Ambassador for Medal Mad. I thought I'd recap on my running journey so far, as I know that we have had lots of new members joining Medal Mad since the National Running Show in January.

    I completed the Couch to 5k program in April 2016 with the view that I would run the entire 5km distance in the Race for Life run I'd entered in June 2016. This I did. I then signed up for the Great South Run in October 2016 and steadily increased my distance between June and October. Crossing the finishing line after running 10 miles for the first time is still one of my proudest moments in my running journey.

    I also discovered Medal Mad at around this time and applied to be a brand ambassador for them. Since then, I have fallen head over heels for virtual challenges and receiving medals through the post!

    Virtual running fits in with my schedule somewhat easier than organised runs. I am a Mum to two small children and I'm not always able to exercise when I want to as I may not have childcare arranged. It's the reason why I dont have a gym membership. I like the fact that with running, you can leave the house, run 5km and be home again in less than 40 minutes. Most of my running happens at the weekend, and in the early morning or evening during the summer months. 

    As I don't get out to run as often as I like to during the winter, I also make up my miles on the cross trainer that I have at home, cycling and walking. I am determined that I will achieve Medal Mad's 500 mile challenge for running this year and 1000 mile challenge for all the forms of exercise that I do! 

    A big part of why I run is so I can be an active role model for my children as they grow up. We do a lot of walking as I think it's important that my children are outside, being active, in the fresh air. We cant wait to order our new Medal Kids packs. The kids now get as excited as I do when a new medal arrives in the post. 

    Last year I completed four half marathons. I had signed up for Medal Mad's Pursuit challenge and was determined to receive a gold 13.1 segment for it. I went on to run a further three half marathons throughout the year and I'm hoping to at least match that, this year. I'm not expecting to complete a full marathon any time soon but I would like to before I'm 40. I've got three years to achieve this! 

    My local Parkrun is Lee-on-the-Solent on the South Coast I don't get there as often as I'd like as it always seems to coincide with parties that my children have been invited to. In November 2017, I volunteered as pacer and I helped at least four people to a new pb. I found this as exciting as getting my own personal best time so I plan on volunteering more often at Parkrun throughout 2018.

    I was thrilled to be be chosen to continue as a Medal Mad brand Ambassador for a second time this year. It's a role that's important to me and I take it very seriously. I loved being able to meet some of the team when I attended the National Running Show in January. They are a great friendly bunch and if you've found them too, welcome to the team. Please follow me on Instagram and Twitter @medalmadmummy or say hi on the Facebook Medal Mad Community page.

    Mirror Mirror 5K Report

    Mirror Mirror 5K Report

    I thought this challenge would be a good way to test my pace after the Christmas blow out!! . Another reason this appealed was the name of the challenge Mirror Mirror. 2018 will mark 5 years since I started running and my well documented weight loss journey / life style change.  Looking back at some of the old photos I’m proud of how far I have come and definately don’t want to go back to how I was. I am much happier to look in the mirror now.

    My regular Saturday morning starts off with a Parkrun at the lovely Tilgate park http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tilgate/ . If you are ever doing a bit of parkrun tourism let me know.. say hello and have a cuppa after the run.

    I wanted a quicker time this week, so I put my brave pants on and started with the faster runners. There were two different starts this week to cater for all the extra people. It was great to see so many new faces.

    I got a decent get a way and managed to clock 25.29 on my 190th parkrun finishing in 137th place out of a Tilgate record breaking field of 630.

    Stay tuned for my next blog.. Happy Running !!

    Back to Running

    Back to Running
    I got out for the 'Back to Running run in the first week of January. This was my first 10km run since injuring my foot in November. I know I've moaned about this injury in my last couple of blogs, so I promise I'll stop now! I think I'm fully recovered and I was pleased to complete the 10km in one go.

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