Getting the running bug

Going back two or three years, I was the only person in my family that ran. It was my little quirk. Mummy’s thing. Sarah’s thing. The rest of the family were aware that I did it, but it didn’t interest them. I think they thought I was a little bit mad.

But three or four times a week I ran four miles and I felt good for it.

When my husband and I ran the Cheltenham half marathon in 2013, my daughter wanted to go along and watch. But my parents were too concerned about the traffic to take her. It was only running after all.

But then something happened. Parkrun.

My daughter and I were the trailblazers, followed a couple of months later by my husband and a couple of months after him by my sons. A year later, my dad, my sister and my brother-in-law joined us.

My dad, my sister and my brother-in-law who had never run before. My dad, my sister and my brother-in-law who never did any exercise.

Suddenly running wasn’t just my thing. It was everyone’s thing.

Everyone was running and getting a little bit faster every week. My dad has got 10 PBs this year alone.

My mum eagerly analyses the Parkrun results as soon as they come out every week and usually rings me to say how well someone has done and that my dad and my sister have got a PB again.

My mum and dad went along to the Cheltenham half marathon in 2016 to cheer me on. They were there at the finish line waiting with my kids. And this year they went along to cheer me, my husband and my brother-in-law.

Yes, my brother-in-law who had never run before did the half marathon. And my sister who had never run before is doing a 10k in a few weeks.

When my mum said to me recently that she didn’t think they would make it to Stroud to watch me in the half marathon I really knew they had the running bug. I used to just take myself off to half marathons, or my husband took me. The fact that she was even thinking about going along just shows how the whole family’s attitude to running has changed.

Running isn’t just Sarah’s weird thing she does, it’s something the whole family does.

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  1. You really have an infectious enthusiasm for it and I cannot thank you enough – now my whole family runs too and it has done wonders for my teen’s confidence.

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    • That’s lovely to hear! I’m so glad I could inspire you, especially as it has boosted your teen’s confidence. x

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    • Thanks very much! Good luck with getting moving again! You know you can walk and push a baby buggy at Parkrun, right? X

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  2. Ahh that’s brilliant! I didn’t realise your daughter already had her 50 parkruns t-shirt, that’s amazing for her age! Love that you’ve all got the bug. My husband and I both used to run, but now it’s just me, the girls are both interested in running though so I hope they’ll get into it in the future.
    Nat.x

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    • Thanks very much! My daughter got her 50 Tshirt a couple of months ago, although I think she only averages about one Parkrun every three weeks. It’s great that your girls are interested in running. Setting an example really seems to help. X

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  3. As a former runner, not much matches that rush of endorphins! Bravo mama! #mondaystumble xo

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    • Thanks very much! You’re so right about the endorphins.

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