SET­TING AN EX­AM­PLE

Runner's World (UK) - - Human Race - Geral­dine Clarke, via email

I have three chil­dren (Lily, 21; Maxim, 19; and Hugh, 14). With each of my preg­nan­cies, I ran un­til around the sixth month and I also swam the day be­fore each of them was born. Run­ning ab­so­lutely saw me through my preg­nan­cies and through those early weeks of be­ing a new mother to each of them. It is dif­fi­cult to ex­press the con­sid­er­able dif­fer­ence it made in my abil­ity to man­age my new life as a mother and with each new, won­der­ful child. Run­ning gave me headspace, en­ergy, strength and a sense of con­trol when ev­ery­thing else of­ten seemed out of con­trol. I was not fool­ish; I did lis­ten to my body but I also had to block away neg­a­tive com­ments about what I was do­ing.

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