August 28, 2015
Name Louise Taylor
Where do you live?
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.
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.
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.