The Ordinary Moments ’16 #16 | Just Keep Running

In the last two years I have tried on two separate occasions to get into running. Both times I started ‘couch to 5k’ and I failed miserably both times. As well as running I have also tried various exercise classes and home workout regimes in the last couple of years and I even had a gym membership for a few months not long after Bella was born. But I just never seem to stick at exercise for very long before I get bored and I eventually give up. And every time I really regret it and kick myself for giving up.

However, since January I have been on a mission to get my body beach ready. I have been consistently going to two hour long exercise classes each week along with the odd home workout thrown in too. This is the longest I have ever stuck to any exercise regime and I am now the fittest I have been in years and I absolutely love the buzz I get after a great workout. So when I saw that there was a new Park Run starting fairly locally to me I decided I’d just bite the bullet and give running another go. The friend I go to classes with was up for it too so we registered online and printed off our bar codes and that was that.

When we arrived for our first Park Run I actually felt physically sick with nerves. I think I had to talk myself out of making a mad dash back to the car at least half a dozen times! I think my main concern was that I wouldn’t actually be able to make it round the 5k track without either passing out or throwing up, after all I had never actually run as far as 5k before!

Somehow, we did it, I did it. I ran 5k and my god it was hard and oh boy was I slow, but I did it. I didn’t pass out and I didn’t throw up. And that was all that mattered to me. That adrenaline pumping through your body as you cross the finish line is like no other and as soon I finished, I couldn’t wait to do it again the following week. That was until the ridiculously achey legs kicked in of course, I honestly could barely walk for three days!! 😉

My first Park run was now four whole weeks ago. Since then, I have knocked over two minutes off my time and each week I can run just that little bit further and it feels just a little bit easier. Although it’s just once a week, I have definitely found a new love for running. Which is something I never ever thought I would say!

Park run has very quickly become an Ordinary Moment for me every Saturday morning now and while I’m out running it means that Bella gets some quality time at home with her Daddy too which I think is so important for them both, especially as Josh works so much through the week. I absolutely love the sense of achievement I feel when I walk back through the door, knowing I have just done something that a few weeks back I honestly didn’t think I could actually do. I know 5k isn’t very far at all but I’m really excited to see my progress over the coming weeks and once it feels a bit more comfortable I’m hoping to try and go for a few runs myself and see if I can push myself to run a bit further too!


Linking up with Katie to share #TheOrdinaryMoments
Harriet xo



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  • Fatso40

    Nice post. I’m just signing up for my local park run. Keep up the good work

    April 20, 2016 at 5:36 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thank you. Good luck with your running journey! xo

      April 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm Reply
  • Blogging Mummy

    I would love to get into running but i just cant do it. Ive tried so many times but would rather use my spin bike at home. I just dont think im made to run ha ha. Congrats on completing your 5k i would have defo passed out.

    April 21, 2016 at 8:55 am Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Some people just don’t enjoy running. I think you have to find what works for you 🙂 Thank you! xo

      April 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm Reply
  • Sarah Cantwell

    Well done for getting back into running mama! I did for about a week and then it fizzled out. I find it really hard to fit time in out of the house around nicks training. Bloody men!

    April 21, 2016 at 9:54 am Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thanks lovely! Have you got a park run near you? I also tried by myself before and soon gave up. Yes we have this problem too as Josh works super long hours and often weekends too! xo

      April 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm Reply
  • Harriet from Toby & Roo

    If it makes you feel any better I don’t run. Or exercise. Or really do much in way of fitness at all! I keep saying I want to join a class but never get the time! H x

    April 21, 2016 at 1:16 pm Reply
  • Oana

    Brilliant, well done you, running is something I have always dreamt of doing, especially since we lost Georgie but never found the courage to start!xx

    April 21, 2016 at 3:55 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Oh Oana, you should definitely find your local park run and start. It’s so good to help you clear you head too. Everyone is so so supportive I have found too xo

      April 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm Reply
  • Rebecca | AAUBlog

    brilliant, well done you! I use to do park run regularly but now I work saturdays so there isn’t time 🙁 Looks like a gorge route x

    April 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Oh no what a shame! It is a lovely route which definitely helps! xo

      April 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm Reply
  • Zoe Forde

    Good job keeping up the running! It’s something I’d love to start doing, just have to make the time for it x

    April 22, 2016 at 8:23 am Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      If you can, definitely make the time. I love how it makes me feel, mentally and physically! xo

      April 28, 2016 at 2:22 pm Reply
  • Tanita

    I ran all last summer and loved it. For me I find it so unenjoyable running in the cold of the winter and tend to not bother at all during winter. Summer weather really motivates me and I love running in the summer, we do the park run and will probably do this year too. Well done to you for keeping up with the running. x

    April 22, 2016 at 9:07 am Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      I do agree about running in the cold. I think I have started at a good time so hopefully my fitness will get better and I may be more inclined to head out when the colder weather returns! xo

      April 28, 2016 at 2:22 pm Reply
  • Cardiff Mummy Says

    Good on your for sticking with your exercise regime for so long. It’s not always easy when life gets in the way. I have some friends who do our local park run and they love the sense of community and people encouraging each other with it. Great that your time is improving too x

    April 22, 2016 at 9:20 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thank you. I totally agree, the atmosphere at Park run is amazing everyone is so encouraging! xo

      April 28, 2016 at 2:19 pm Reply
  • This Mama Life

    Good on you lovey! Well done! It is so hard to get into fitness but once you start, your fitness levels will increase pretty quickly. I was doing lots of HIIT workouts and gym classes until I got pregnant again. Trying to still do pregnancy HIITs, swimming and yoga now. I love the buzz! x

    April 24, 2016 at 7:02 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thanks Sarah. I totally agree, it gets easier fairly quickly doesn’t it? Well done you for keeping it up whilst Pregnant, that’s my plan for number two too! Can’t beat that post workout buzz xo

      April 28, 2016 at 2:16 pm Reply

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