I started the jog Belfast programme in January 2018. It was my second attempt, my first attempt 4 years earlier had resulted in me getting shin splints and giving up. This time I was determined not to fail!
My fourth child was born 7th September 2017 after which I found myself back in hospital with a serious heart condition. It was a scary time for me and my family and I had never been so ill. After getting out of hospital I recovered slowly. In January I was fed up of feeling poorly and decided to join jog Belfast and give it another go. My good friend Susanna joined up with me and I brought my 9 year old son Aidan out with me through rain, sleet and snow! Sometimes the training was hell because of bad weather but we stuck with it! I loved jogging as part of a group and chatting with new people. I felt stronger each week. I was delighted when I completed my graduation run without walking once and was so so proud of myself
Since then my family complete the junior park run every week on a Sunday including my 11,10,5 year old and the baby goes with daddy in the buggy. Last week we took part in a 5km family fun run for heart research and myself and the two eldest children ran 5km plus inflatables! We completed a mountain hike up hen mountain in the Mournes the following week and have developed a renewed love of family time in the great outdoors. I am looking forward to my next 5km run at the end of August in Portrush for Alzheimer’s with my work colleagues and am starting to build quite the medal collection ! Thank you jog belfast and all the wonderful leads and volunteers for changing not only mine but my whole families lives!