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Childcare on the run
Twice a week, when work finishes, Oyster’s Jenny Booth puts on her running gear and heads for the seafront.
On Sundays, she’s running too. In fact, she’s so determined to keep moving that she’s asked for a running buggy for her 33rd birthday. Yes, that’s a running buggy, not buddy.
Jenny has a one-year-old daughter, Thea, and since she works full-time, she fits running in around her many other demands. A running buggy means she can be with her daughter and still train.
There’s a reason for all the activity, of course. Jenny’s training for the Brighton Marathon on 9 April 2017, when she’ll be raising funds for Diabetes UK.
Her grandmother had diabetes but it’s also a subject that she comes across regularly in her work at Oyster Healthcare Communications, where she’s digital designer and production manager.
It’s not her first marathon. Jenny explains she did the London Marathon in 2014 but it took her six hours and taught her the importance of preparation.
“I learned from that to train. I ran 19 miles and then I must have hit the wall and had to run and walk from there. It was very hard. Before that I was on a good time.
“The actual marathon day is the tip of the iceberg. The training is everything.” Jenny started training for the Brighton marathon in September. She used an online training plan and began with a mixture of five to 10 k runs during the week, building up to 10 miles on a Sunday.
“The 10k is taking about an hour, which isn’t too bad. I have a watch with GPS which tracks how many steps I do and my phone shows my heart rate and where I’ve run.
“It’s difficult to juggle training because it’s all time when Thea needs to be looked after. With the buggy she can come with me.
“At first my fiancé didn’t know I was training because of all the extra time he’d have to put in on childcare – and it’s a strain on your body. He’s supportive. He’s not a runner himself but does football and squash.”
Fiancé Stu’s helping in other ways too – with a Christmas craft club to start off Jenny’s fundraising at the pub he runs. Of course she’ll be asking people to sponsor her through her JustGiving page, too, but there’ll be more events at the pub in the new year.
It seems appropriate that Jenny took up running when she was meant to be writing her dissertation ‘The Art of Travel’ at university. But although it might appear to be displacement activity, in fact it helped.
“Because I’d done something proactive I could then focus a bit more. I find it clears my mind. It’s good to do something healthy and if I can get rid of baby weight that would be good.”
She runs alone, although that’ll change when she takes the wrapping paper off the running buggy and sees it as a lifetime’s commitment.
“I enjoy running and yoga. I think they complement each other.
“I listen to music. I have an app that plays beats per minute to the speed I want to run. If I slow down the music increases to encourage me. I zone out after a while and just keep moving my legs.”
Jenny sees it more as a mental than a physical challenge. Physically, she has to be careful to balance running on turf and the pavement to protect her joints. But it’s become such a way of life she’s going to run 5 k every day in January.
Jenny’s JustGiving page for Diabetes UK is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jenlumper4
About the charity
Diabetes UK, says:
“Diabetes is the most potentially devastating – and fastest-growing – health crisis of our time. There are currently 4 million people in the UK living with diabetes, and 11.5 million more at increased risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.
“Those diagnosed face the risk of life-changing, and life-limiting, complications, unless they are given the very best care and the support they need to manage their condition well.
“As a society we need to work together now – and take action now – to fund critical research, improve healthcare and treatment, and prevent yet more people developing this potentially life-threatening condition.
“As the UK’s leading diabetes charity, our mission is that by bringing people together to work in partnership, we will support those living with diabetes, prevent Type 2 diabetes, make research breakthroughs, and ultimately find a cure.”
Published on: November 25, 2016