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Digital Subscriptions > Women’s Running > Nov-16 > KEEP RUNNING, MUMMY!


Our resident running mummy Claire Chamberlain discovers that some sketchy training and lack of sleep can lead to a surprisingly positive race experience

It’s not often you’ll find me standing in a clearing in the woods early on a Saturday, with a handful of other keen runners raring to take on a challenge. My ‘Mummy’ schedule doesn’t allow for it much these days. Nevertheless, I’d managed to schedule in some run time. And so it was, I stood on the start line of the Shoreham Woods Trail 10K, shivering slightly in the cool shade of the trees, my little support crew now behind me, and a heap of killer hills lying ahead.

I’d been waiting for this moment for a little over a month now – the date etched into my brain. I’d completed a little over four weeks of rigorous strength work, followed a proper training schedule and stuck to a strict healthy eating plan, and… ha ha! Just kidding, obvs.

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