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Keeping on Running

I know that summer is on its way when I see the flip flops, sun glasses and swimwear grace the shops. If that doesn’t tell me it’s coming, the adverts for the Race for Life do.

The Race for Life is such a great race to do especially if you haven’t run much before, and as it is in the summer , it give you the chance to train in the better months. After my 2 ACL knee operations I set the Race for Life in Leicester as my first challenge. A challenge it was as i’d put on weight since my operations and lack of exercise, so achieving 5k was going to be interesting to say the least! I was really nervous about going and racing with everyone, but I had no need to be it as it was so friendly and full of ladies just like me!

It turns out lots of people tend to get into running for the first time in summer, and many sign up to sponsored running events for charity. I promise you by signing up to something initially, it gives you a goal… if, like me you lacked motivation without a challenge I suggest signing up to a race. With Race for Life you can do a 5k or 10k – providing that challenge and also we can raise money for a good cause – Cancer Research UK.
Without a doubt running is the best thing I’ve ever got into, I got fit, lost weight and had a challenge physically and mentally. T
his year AXA PPP healthcare is sponsoring the Race for Life. They are putting their health knowledge to good use by offering runners and those considering starting to run, the chance to ask health experts questions in a dedicated running live chat on the 26th of April.

Health experts will be available to ask the burning questions you have about getting started with running and the training. It’s not just aimed at beginners it’s for every level of runner. For example you may have queries about the best diet to follow whilst training and about the best foods for energy? Or maybe like me and have been injured and want to know the best way to get started. When I first started out I could of really done with some professional knowledge, so this is amazing and I truly recommend taking advantage of this.

The experts lined up for the live chat are:

10am – 12 noon – AXA ICAS, sports and exercise science expert John Crudington, who has previously worked as a personal trainer, fitness tutor and physiologist.

2pm – 4pm – Personal trainer Lucy Wydham-Read, who has spent the last ten years helping people improve their fitness – even the odd celebrity, and at one point an entire football team!

5pm – 7pm – Nutritionist, Dr Sarah Schenker, who is regularly quoted in the national press and is one of the most influential nutritionists in the UK.

If you can’t make the chats don’t worry there will be plenty of health and fitness tips available to help runners along with training guides and healthy recipes. This is all on the be healthy section of the AXA PPP website. Whatever your fitness level, the ‘be healthy’ section of the AXA PPP website is worth have a nosy at, you can also visit their facebook and follow them on twitter for all the lastest tips and special event updates!

As a sponsor of Race for Life, AXA PPP will offer entrants the chance to add to their sponsorship by up to £200 in weekly prize draws. All they need to do is raise at least £50 in sponsorship, and hold a Just Giving Page. You can enter this here: Race for Life competition

If you don’t know what Race for Life to enter, you can visit their website and chose! I’m thinking of doing the Nottingham Holme Pierrepoint race, my boyfriend did a triathlon there so I would love to run around the beautiful scenery! The Cancer Research UK website has a map booming full of dates and locations.. Click here to view them.
Any of you fancy 5k? Any from the East Midlands fancy creating a team and we’ll run together?
Maybe we should create Team Bean!!


*This post has been sponsored – but all opinions are my own*



  1. April 23, 2012 / 5:39 pm

    I'd so join Team Bean if I lived closer to you!! x

  2. April 23, 2012 / 6:02 pm

    Aww I wish you did! I'd love to set my own running club up. xx

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