Goals set, excuses ceased, it's crunch time

03:44, Jan 25 2013
Trudy Burdon Running Mum column
Trudy Burdon is a working mother of four who has been trying to get back into exercise. She is training for her first half marathon, the Southern Lakes half marathon in Wanaka on March 31.

Who am I? No-one special, except to my family and friends.

I'm a 37-year-old busy working mum of four wonderful children (five including my husband).

What am I doing and why?

Most days I'm chasing my tail, but the reason for this column is my hubby and sports editor, Nathan Burdon, was looking for a female columnist.

A mum, looking to get back into exercise while coping with the everyday challenges of raising a family.

Someone suggested he look in his own backyard.


My main reservation was the fact that I would actually have to do some exercise instead of just talking about it or finding excuses not to do it.

My goal is to get my running fitness back and complete the Southern Lakes Half Marathon, in Wanaka, on March 31.

I've never done a half-marathon before and at the moment I jog for five minutes, then get the stitch or get puffed and have to stop and walk for a couple of minutes before I start the process again.

The challenges I face are ones that many people will be able to relate to.

I'm busy with my fabulous daughters, aged 2, 4, 11 and 14. I get tired. I don't have a lot of spare time and it's hard to stick to a routine.

Another issue is battling my own thought processes. I used to run competitively when I was at school. I've also played competitive netball and rugby, as well as other social sports, but I stopped all competitive sport about five years ago.

People who know me think I'm a naturally fit person. I'm not overweight, so many assume I do exercise, but looks are deceiving.

My brain actually thinks I'm fit, but whenever I've tried to get back into running, I get injured.

I start off too hard and fast and the body can't keep up with the brain. I'm past the point of relying on natural ability.

I also want to do well in events. I worry about people seeing me in the back group when I used to be a competitive sportswoman.

I know it is silly to think like that and I need to harden up and get over it.

I'm no writer, but if you decide to follow my progress during the next few months, expect a simple, honest and to-the-point column. I look forward to sharing my journey with you.

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