In celebration of Women’s History Month, throughout March, we’ll be talking to women from different areas of sport and fitness in our #ladieswho series.
This week’s series is on #LadiesWhoRun. We talk to three amazing ladies who’ve fallen in love with running and find out what sparks their passion for pounding the pavement.
This is Laura’s story:
Final year Biochemistry student
I used to run a bit in secondary school. I was part of the cross-country team and would sometimes run 1500m. Unfortunately, compared to the others I was very slow and began to lose faith so I gave up when I left school and didn’t run throughout my A-level years. When I got to Uni, I was looking for a sports club to join and I found Cool Runnings (no, it is not the university bobsled team!), it’s the University of Birmingham’s casual running club and I loved it! I started jogging/walking at the back of the 3km runs and slowly but surely got faster and faster each week.
Almost three years on and I haven’t looked back. This year I am the racing and events secretary for Cool Runnings and it’s the best thing that I have ever done! My running form is the best it’s ever been – last week I took nine minutes off my half marathon P.B and I am hoping to smash my 10k P.B in a few weeks. On Sundays, I marshal at Great Run Local – The Vale and seeing others constantly improving their 5km times is the highlight of my week!
University life is extremely stressful and there is nothing more relaxing than going for a nice long run! If I’ve had a difficult day, then my favorate this to do is to run down along the canal or through Cannon Hill Park to take in the views and forget about it all.
Also, I love the sense of achievement. There is no better feeling than finishing a 5k/10k/half marathon collecting a goodie bag and thinking ‘wow, I did it… and look at my time!’ especially when you trained so hard for that event.
My first top tip is to find a running buddy! It is so much easier to get started if there is somebody with you to get you out of the house for a run and to help keep you motivated. Also, set lots of goals. A great way to stay motivated it to sign up to a race and follow a training program. That way you’re less likely to give up and more likely to train properly.
Great Run Birmingham – 10k in April, I am so excited! This year, University of Birmingham have their own starting wave there and the atmosphere will be amazing. After that I have a big year ahead of me. I am running the Great North run in September in preparation for my first marathon which will be Birmingham in October.