Running with the family

A few months ago, I started the Couch to 5K challenge in a bid to get myself off the couch and into a more healthier lifestyle. Starting to run seemed like an mammoth task, but I got there in the end and a few weeks ago I participated in my first 5K run! The feeling of pride as I crossed that finish line was absolutely amazing and I've really been bitten by the running bug now.

I'd like to be able to run more, but being a single Mum and having 2 kids to look after for most of the week, makes it a bit tricky for me. I've found a place where I can run laps and leave the boys to play (always within my sight) but taking them out on their bikes isn't very practical as we're often stopping every 2 mins to tie a shoelace, or look at a dog... so it's a non starter really. I'm starting to hear groans when I mention joining me for a run so I've started looking at a new way to involve the boys.

Get them running with me.

Luckily for me, there are lots of local organised runs which are suitable for children and even if we're walking most of the route, it's still getting me out doing a 5k and giving us some family time together.

We've recently taken part in the Colour Run at Holme Pierrepont and the Subway 5k for Heart Research UK. The boys might have moaned at least part of the way around, but they really did feel accomplished as we crossed the finish line and collected our medals. Milo couldn't wait to take his to school and show his teacher!

Each of these events were very reasonably priced and I'd definitely recommend getting your kids involved as a family activity. You don't need to be able to run to take part, and they barely take up a few hours of your weekend. We always bring a picnic to these runs and everyone always leaves feeling a bit tired but knowing that we've had a great day out.

I do wish there was one main hub or website that I could use to search out these runs but I'm in a few running groups on Facebook and I find this is the best way to find out what's going on near you!

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