Louise Taylor PIC 2.docx

 Name Louise Taylor         

Age 42

Where do you live?

Walthamstow, London

BMI and/or Dress Size

14-16, which was more like 16+ this time last year.

When did you start running and why? June 2014

To be quite honest I don’t think I was not a sporty child, growing up in London, I’ve never really run as a child although I did run walk a local half marathon in my mid teens.

Having not run since secondary school (25+ years.) last year I decided to challenge myself and sign up for a womens 10K in September.

From June –September I followed a couch potato 0-10K with my neighbor. We walked/ran 2-4 times a week mixing it up with some park runs in between.

I never actually got to a 10K in advance of the big day but did a handful of 5K Parkruns to motivate myself to see if I was getting any faster. And not walking the whole thing.

What motivated you to join The Clubhouse-

I’ve followed Julie’s blog for about a year and thought if she can do it so can I. I only recently heard about the Clubhouse and thought I like the idea of a club of women all at similar stages and not all stick thin and running 7 days a week. As a child I was quite introverted so a virtual club is a great way for me to meet others and ask question without embarrassing myself in public.

Where are you at the moment on our coloured ability scale?Louise Taylor PIC 3.docx

Plodder-Jogger.

What do you hope to get from being part of this running club?

Motivation, tips and generally feel part of a club for women at similar stages.

How often do you run?

Between 0-4 times a week. Until recently I was working 14 hours a day, 5 days a week and often up to 7 days a week continuously on call in the City.

Since my work has changed and I now can work from home 5 days a week, I have decided to reclaim my life, and focus on my health and fitness.

I have no will power so am trying to make running a routine. I read if you can do something every day for 21 days it becomes a habit. So when I can I am trying to run up to 2 miles a day to get my legs used to running. I now often run 3-4 times a week or more.

What kind of distances do you run in training?

Between 2-5 miles on each occasion. My longest runs have been 10K. One last September, and one this February.

Do you parkrun? (if so which one)

Peter May Walthamstow. I have heard this is a ‘hard’ Park Run in comparison to others as it is 3 laps around a small hill on a playing field. I haven’t had a chance to get to any others yet so I can’t compare, although a friend told me Hackney is there and back along a canal so I guess that is flatter than Peter May. (Update, Louise did in fact run Hackney and I think she got a PB too)

Have you taken part in any races? Please tell us about them, and also any races you would like to do in the future

As mentioned earlier I did my first 10K in September 2014, which I did feeling very ill on the day, in 1 hour 19 miuntes. My challenge was to run and to raise money for a good cause, and I managed to raise over £1500 in the end.

After working hard towards the day I vowed I wouldn’t loose my fitness/abilty to plod, but found that was easier said than done with my working hours and lack of will power, and rarely ran between October and January.

Late Autumn I signed myself up to Winter Run 10K on February 1st in the hope of motivating myself. In the end my health was poor and I realized early January the Winter run was around the corner with no training under my belt. I used January to try to regain my running mojo but realized I am a fair weather runner and hate the cold. I was often to be found wearing 4 layers on top and still complaining of the cold.

I did several Park run’s in January to try to motivate myself. They were really really hard work since Park Run at Peter May is a sports field and it was very boggy. It was getting near to the big day and I did a 5K with a local running club at the velo park as a guest to see how slow I was and a make or break deciding time. Surprisingly I did it in a good time and deicded to go ahead with the Winter run on 1 Feb. I actually managed to cut off 5 minutes of my time from September. But still walked and ran the course. I wasn’t amongst the last or the largest amongst the attendees. However I was pleased with myself and that I’d completed the event which is what counts for me, and of course I have my second medal.

Louise Taylor PIC 1

What is your running goal for this year?

I foolishly got a place on the Parks half marathon in October thinking oh its 8+ months away. When I got the place in February it seemed months away and now it is less than 4 months away.

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