Running therapy

I have been feeling extremely unfit lately and I have noticed a slight dip in my mood. This morning with the sun popping out and the harsh chill in the air not so harsh I decided to do something about it. After DS3 and I had finished the school run we went home, packed a lunch and loaded the running buggy into the car. I used to enjoy running and kept it up as a regular exercise but after I had a knee injury I just didn’t get back into it. Today helped me to rediscover my love for it. I was really nervous when we first got to the country park. I strapped DS3 into the buggy, loaded up the drinks and lunch and started walking along the path. I was sure everyone was going to be looking at me red in the face, sweating and all wobbly bits wobbling like a jelly but I held onto the buggy and away we went. It was actually really quiet and the people we past were mostly runners or cyclists too busy focusing on their own red faces to pay attention to mine so I soon felt more relaxed. DS3 was having great fun bumping about in the buggy and it soon felt like I had my own little personal trainer with him shouting things like, ‘faster mummy’ and, ‘don’t stop go, go, go’. We got to the other side of the country park a lot quicker than I had expected and as promised to DS3 we had our packed lunch and fed the ducks. We were eating lunch when a little girl and her parents walked past. DS3, being his confident out going self, waved and shouted ‘hi’ to the little girl. She was really sweet and chatted to DS3 for a while (mostly them saying ‘hi’ to each other repeatedly) and when we had finished lunch and got to the park they had fun playing and finding sticks together until it was time to go.

I think DS3 needed the change of scenery as much as I did and it has given me the lift I needed. I also feel so much more energised and not so guilty about the four biscuits I had after lunch.

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I am a 28 year old mum living in Kent. I am totally outnumbered living with my husband and 3 boys but I love the fun and adventure they bring to my life. As a family we enjoy being active and to get out and about as much as possible. A little about us Me- My husband and I met 12 years ago when I was 16 and him 19. Being so young I don't think either of us expected a nervous first date at the cinema to lead to marriage and 3 children but we soon became inseparable. It can be hard staying 'girlie' in a house full of boys. DS1- DS1 is very sporty. He enjoys football, rugby and swimming but his real passion is motocross. I think hubby would have happily had him on a motocross bike the second he took his first step but he first started to ride when he got his first 50cc bike at 6 years old. Now, aged 8, he rides with complete confidence on his 65cc and is desperate to start competing. As his mother I will always worry about him no mater what he does but seeing how happy this sport makes him makes me want to support him 100%. DS2- DS2 is a real animal lover. He would love nothing more than to have a house full of cats and dogs but unfortunately for him the only pet we have is our goldfish named 'Goldie'. When we visit family who have dogs DS2 will happily sit there for hours talking, stroking and trying to teach them tricks. Computer games is DS2's favourite pass time. He was gifted a tablet for Christmas last year and now, at 6, he has my husband bugging him on tips to get new levels. To keep active DS2 really enjoys swimming. He is not afraid of the water at all and would swim every day given the chance. He has such a loving, caring personality. DS3- DS3 is, well, a real handful as most 2 year olds are. He is never short of energy and zooms everywhere at a million miles an hour on his favourite balance 'motorbike'. Much to my husbands joy DS3 is also obsessed, yes obsessed with motocross. All he wants to do is play motorbikes, wear DS1's helmet and boots at any given chance and watch the videos of DS1 riding. DS3 learns so much from his older brothers and he surprises me everyday with how daring and forward he is in so many ways.

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