Hintlesham mum is in it for the long run
PUBLISHED: 16:57 06 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:00 20 February 2013
Working mum of two, Trudy Avis of Hintlesham, explains how taking up exercise helped her lose five stone and led to her rising to the challenge of the London Marathon
It was my ideal challenge when I saw an article in the East Anglian Daily Times inviting people to run the 2010 Virgin London Marathon in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. As an applicant you were asked to write in explaining why you would like to take part.
On December 9, I received a telephone call, congratulating me on being allocated one of their Golden Bond places. I had feelings of mixed emotion but felt ready for the challenge. My main concern was how I was going to fit in all the training with having two children, a part time job and no cleaner. The secret is to be organised.
It has only been recent years that I have enjoyed keeping fit. As a child I was always the one that finished last because I had a weight problem.
At the age of 11 I was classed as obese and was sent to see a dietitian. This did work for me and I managed to get down to my ideal weight. I maintained this through my teenage years and I met my husband Rupert at the age of 15 in 1987. I was the Evening Star paper girl at his familys newsagents Keith Avis in Hadleigh.
We married in 1991 and our daughter Jessica was born in 1994 followed by our son Oliver in 1997. During my pregnancies the weight piled on and by the time I had my son, I was five stone heavier.
This is when I started attending fitness classes in the evenings at Hadleigh Leisure Centre and returned to a healthy eating plan. This took a lot of determination but the results soon started to pay off.
I joined Peake Fitness at Stoke by Nayland five years ago and began doing body pump and spin classes, I found this is what helped to tone up those troublesome areas and pushed my fitness levels up a gear. It was about the same time that I started running by attending sessions at Hadleigh Hares Athletics Club.
To begin with I didnt feel confident enough to enter races, so I started off by entering the Race for Life at Chantry Park Ipswich.
With the distance being 5K I thought that was a good starting point. It was then that I proved to myself what I was capable of and was ready for more challenges.
In August last year I ran the Ipswich Half Marathon. I was so proud of myself when I came over the finish line in less than two hours, thinking back to my childhood when I couldnt even run 400 metres.
I have developed a passion for health and fitness and felt I wanted to encourage other people to get fit. Recently, through Hadleigh Hares, I qualified as a UKA Level 2 coach and Im currently involved as volunteer, coaching beginners in running and juniors in athletics.
I hope that running the marathon will inspire other runners to show what is possible if you commit to the training and have the self belief.
Monday is my busiest day of the week at the moment and starts with seeing the children off to catch the bus at 8.10am for school. I then have to get myself organised for the day ahead. I work in the office at Keith Avis Newsagents & Printers in Hadleigh High Street, starting work at 9am.
I go off to work with my sports bag packed for my first training run of the week when I finish work at lunch time. I eat a banana mid morning as there isnt time for lunch before my run. My Monday training is what I call the easy run of between four and six miles after doing long distance on a Sunday. I then return home and have a quick shower and a bite to eat.
No time for me to relax as its now 3pm and the children are home back from school. They always come home saying they are hungry and thirsty so they have some fruit and a drink to keep them going until dinner. This is the slot in the day which is allocated to their homework so they can relax during the evening.
Its then time for me to prepare dinner ready for when my husband gets home at 5.45pm.
Im then off out to Hadleigh Leisure Centre for my coaching session with the Hadleigh Hares beginners from 7-8pm. After that I return home for a hot soak to soothe those aching muscles.
Hopefully my training for the 2010 Virgin London Marathon will be injury free so I can complete the race on the 25th of April and hopefully raise a good amount of money for the EAAA.
For my fundraising I am holding an auction of promises at Hintlesham Golf club on March 20.
If you would like to sponsor Trudy go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/