Catherine is 43 from West London. She started running about six years ago, and found that it completely changed her life. After braving parkrun, she joined Run Mummy Run and discovered friends and a community she didn’t know existed. She’s looking forward to getting a little bit faster after suffering badly from sciatica.
Keep up-to-date with Catherine: @catherine_rmr
Hannah is 37, and lives in Swindon. She started running about five years ago after picking up the Couch to 5K app. Hannah has bags of experience, and has even run an ultramarathon, but has subsequently lost her running mojo. She’s hoping to regain her confidence and get a bit of guidance for her running.
See the latest from Hannah: @hanahh_rmr
Our 5K Run Your Way runners, Hannah and Catherine, have been training hard for the last seven weeks, and are gearing up for their parkrun this Saturday morning. Here’s what they had to say in the week leading up to their big day:
“Training has been tough! With four children, all the end of year events (multiple sports days and leavers’ assemblies etc) on top of the usual activities made it incredibly hard to find time and I kept ending up running at lunch time and not being able to run as far or fast.
“I admit I am getting super nervous about the big day as it seems to be creeping up so fast! I have been thinking what to wear on the day with the weather being so hot, I absolutely love the capris, they are my favourite bit of kit ever! The thigh pockets are a real game changer for mid run photos.”
“I have really enjoyed having a plan and support from you guys. It has made me focus and given me confidence that I will get stronger again. One of my favourite sessions has been the intervals. I find them such a challenge but the buzz is amazing afterwards. Also Tina has helped me rediscover my love of swimming. A very welcome side affect of being given a proper training plan! I have been swimming between half and three quarters of a mile regularly again – something I hadn’t done for a long while.
“I have to be honest and say I am nowhere near ready for the sub 30 I was hoping for. It may still be around 32 – but I feel so much stronger. I am enjoying my running journey again and feel like I have rediscovered the run happy feeling.”
5K Update – Parkrun Champions!
Our Run Your Way 5K runners, Catherine and Hannah, smashed their goals at the Northala Fields parkrun!
Saturday 5 August marked our first Run Your Way milestone, as Catherine and Hannah completed their 5K race after eight weeks of hard work.
With just eight weeks to train from the first Run Your Way event, their chosen Northala Fields parkrun which was minutes from Catherine’s front door, the pressure was on, but these women wasted no time.
Catherine: “Loving running and that feeling of getting stronger again. Following [Women’s Running fitness editor] Tina’s advice and getting some speed sessions in there which although tough I have managed at least on a track. I have had plenty of runs in my new trainers and love them!”
Hannah: “I think training is going well, it is well and truly underway and although it’s very daunting, I am getting stuck right in. I managed to complete all of the sessions last week, the speed session was definitely hard but it’s been a while since I’ve ran that fast! I absolutely love my trainers, the cushioning is incredible!”
Before the Day
The nerves began to build as the big day drew closer…
Catherine: “I have really enjoyed having the plan. It has given me confidence that I will get stronger again. One of my favourite sessions has been the intervals. I find them such a challenge but the buzz is amazing afterwards. Also Tina has helped me rediscover my love of swimming. A very welcome side affect of being given a proper training plan! I am enjoying my running journey again and feel like I have rediscovered the run happy feeling.”
Hannah: “Training is tough! I keep ending up running at lunchtime and not being able to run as far or as fast. I’m getting super nervous about the big day, it seems to be creeping up so fast!”
The Day of the Race
There was no need for nerves! The weather was gorgeous and our two women had a brilliant time!
Catherine: “It was such a hot day, but we chatted and laughed all the way round. Especially when Ash, the Brooks Tech Rep, popped out of bushes along the way to take our photographs! It was such a nice feeling to have lots of people wishing us well beforehand. And to have completed 5K without my back hurting felt amazing. Basically, it felt easier – and that was the most important thing to me. I think I’ve found that love again. Mission accomplished!”
Hannah: “It was brilliant in the end! I was so nervous, but I needn’t have been – there was no pressure. There was that true parkrun spirit with lots of friendly people. I just enjoyed chatting – it was a real giggle all the way round. And I felt comfortable. I knew I could have pushed myself harder, but then you can’t have the same fun.”
Catherine: “We’re now planning to do one parkrun a month. We want to improve our time and strength. We’re also looking forward to doing a 10K by the end of the year.”
Hannah: “I want to chip away at my time. I want to be back where I was, and I want to aim for a 10K, but not sure which one. Being part of something really motivates you. I can’t run with a club as the ones near me all clash with my kids’ after school activities. Having that virtual support has really motivated me – it makes all the difference.”