I’m proud to be running the Great Manchester Run

When I signed up for The Great Manchester Run back in January, I could never have predicted the horrific events that would happen in Manchester in the days leading up to it.

I first signed up as a personal challenge for myself and as training for the London Run in July, which I’m doing to raise money for the Scoliosis Association UK.

A few months ago, I couldn’t even run 10K. I have been training hard since January, attending Park Run most Saturdays and running several times a week in the rain, wind, cold and sun to try and get my fitness levels (and back) up to running the 10K distance.

As with most of the UK (and the rest of the world), this week I have felt shocked, confused, upset and numb after the events in Manchester on Monday. Living in Cheshire, Manchester is not far from me, I go there all the time and was in the Manchester Arena myself only a few weeks ago. Like many others, I still can’t get my head around what has happened and why it happened.

I do not find running easy and I have only just about managed to run 10K once in the past couple of weeks.

I will struggle, there’s no doubt about it! But I’m glad the run is still going ahead and the tragic events have made me even more determined to run then ever before. I think the atmosphere will be emotional and incredible and I’m proud to be part of it and show my support to the city.

I’ll be running on Sunday for The Christie but also for Manchester and all those affected by the tragic events this week.  If you’d like to sponsor me, I’d be eternally grateful 🙂 you can do so here.


Happy New Year!

So it’s an end of another year and a chance to reflect on the past 12 months.
This time last year I was still signed off work following my scoliosis surgery, on alot of painkillers and wondering if my life would ever be normal again. Last New Years Eve I stayed in because I couldn’t face the large crowds, the pain, the possibility of there being nowhere to sit and not being able to have a drink on my painkillers.
This New Year was very different. I went out with friends and partied until 3am!
Over the past 12 months I’ve come a long way and started getting back into my old life… slowly but surely.
Here’s a list of some of the things I’ve achieved in 2011:
  • Started back at work – part time for the first few months
  • Enjoyed (many!) drunken nights out with friends (in my heels!)
  • Danced again for the first time since surgery
  • Went to concerts and the theatre
  • Holidayed to Cyprus
  • Finished a Diploma in Digital Marketing
  • Started back at the gym 3 times a week
  • Progressed well with physio – I can tell my back feels stronger as now I’m able to lift myself up from lying down much easier.
  • Visited London a couple of times, sounds easy enough but involved long train journeys with no seats, lots of walking and the busy underground so was proud of myself!!
  • Had my one year post op appointment and had all restrictions lifted
  • Got a new full time job in online marketing.
  • Took a trip to Berlin (which involved ALOT of walking and the U Bahn!)
So, yes it’s been tough at times, but I’ve done far more than I ever imagined would be possible this time last year, and I hope to continue this in 2012.
This year I want to get fitter and stronger, learn more, travel more and keep pushing myself to achieve. I believe anything is possible.
“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~ John Wooden
Happy New Year!
Louise xx