Her Strength Running Ambassador ‧ KATE | As a new mum, I also need some me time
This May we are organising a virtual women’s race to coincide with Mother’s Day. As part of our cooperation with Runner's World HK, DECATHLON has been honoured to speak to four running enthusiasts who were recently selected as our Her Strength Running Ambassadors, to find out more about their running experiences.
They include Kate, a new mum; Crystal, a newcomer to the world of running; Catherine, who didn’t start running until she was in her fifties; and Yannes, who is regaining her strength following a previous injury. As their stories demonstrate, their self-confidence has been an inspiration to other runners.
34 years old, social worker
Running experience: 5 years
Lots of new mums devote all their free time to their baby. Kate, however, takes a different view – in addition to working and looking after her baby, she is also a keen runner and likes to give herself some ‘me time’ to ensure that she stays fit and healthy.
“I ran my first marathon in 4 hours and 12 minutes. Running 42.195 km wasn’t as far as I had imagined – like most things in life, people tend to worry too much.” Like many other women, Kate started by running 10 km, and completed her first marathon in 2019 at the Nagoya Women's Marathon. In the past, she had been warned by her doctor not to do high-intensity exercise and ended up missing an opportunity to run the New York Marathon. The disappointment only made her even more determined: “Nothing in life is too difficult – you just need to believe in yourself and stick to your goals”.
As mums, we also have a right to a good life!
Kate’s perseverance has been an inspiration to other young mums. After her first marathon, Kate became pregnant, and gave birth 9 months ago. Despite the inevitable life changes that having a baby entails, she is still passionate about running. “The biggest change is your mindset – in the past I would put myself first and work towards achieving my goals, but now my focus is all on the baby. However, I believe that mums can still enjoy time to themselves as well as looking after their baby – as mums, we also have a right to a good life!” After giving birth, Kate changed her running schedule, training in the mornings rather than evenings, and focused on enjoying herself rather than winning competitions.
“I feed my son at 6 am, and when he’s gone back to sleep I go out for a run. I get back at 8 or 9 am, just in time for him to see me when he wakes up. To be honest, I don’t think your body changes that much after giving birth – you probably won’t be as ambitious, so as long as you don’t overdo it you’ll be fine. Based on my experience, if you’re planning to have a baby, doing plenty of exercise is beneficial both during pregnancy and postnatal recovery.” Kate’s experiences inspired other new mums to try running – they are even planning to celebrate Mother’s day together by going for a run.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park to Kennedy Town / Wan Chai
From Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, you can run towards Kennedy Town or Wan Chai. Both routes are ideal for beginners – each route is approximately 3 km and follows a wide, flat path along the seafront.
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Runner’s tip: Don’t forget to re-tie your laces before you go for a run to ensure a tight fit.
Credits: Runner's World HK