My primary reason for starting my blog was to keep track of training for my first 10km run, which was on 5th July 2015 in aid of Cancer Research UK. I completed the Race for Life in 1 hour and 11 minutes which I am still very proud of!

Almost at the finish line

While I was an undergraduate I wanted to start up a blog, but I didn’t know what to write about. I was already writing student friendly recipes for a column I had called ‘Aunty Clare’ in the monthly university magazine, so I already liked to write about food, providing home made healthy recipes on a budget. However, on 5th March 2015, four months before the race, I started my blog!

While I was out jogging on this day, I suddenly thought to myself, why didn’t I think of tracking my progress in becoming fitter in the form of a blog earlier? Better late than never. Although in this case, I wasn’t late. I had four months to go so that was plenty of time to blog about reaching goals in my training.

One reason why I chose to sign up for the 10km Race for Life was as a way of improving my fitness. I have been in a long process of trying to lose weight and become healthier. It was in January 2014 when I seriously started to commit myself to shedding body fat, and I did pretty well, losing almost 2 stone. However, since I returned home after finishing at my undergraduate university the weight has been slowly creeping back on. The lifestyle changes I made  were when I was living away from home in a student house, so I have been finding it difficult to incorporate the changes I made in practice back at home.

On the other hand, I have debunked the myth that you cannot be fit if you are overweight. Despite putting weight back on, I consider myself fitter than I was away from home when I first started losing body weight. I completed the 10km non-stop and stuck to my own pace, and I think that 1 hour and 11 minutes is a great achievement for my first longish distance race.

My intention is to improve my health by improving my fitness. I have been overweight for the majority of my lifetime and my mother was diagnosed as a diabetic about a year ago. Diabetes runs through my mother’s side of the family, but it is mostly type 2 diabetes. My mother is an inspiration, as she is 7 stone lighter than she was many years ago. Despite losing all of that weight, she was showing symptoms of diabetes and has been on medication since. I’m hoping that by losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while I’m in my early twenties, I will not get diabetes until I am much older (or maybe never getting it).

I definitely would like to participate in another 10km Race for Life, but I think my next challenge is to complete a half marathon, which is about 13 miles (almost 21km)!


Happy reading and blogging!

Many thanks,

Clare Bear