Inspirational interview time! ..Need motivation to run? It’s all here!

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Sarah5Sarah Buckle is running the London Marathon for the first time in April – she is part of our running group and a great inspiration. Why? Read on…

Why did you start running?

I had run a bit in the past but life had become very hectic at work and home so it was always the thing I let slip. My weight ballooned and three years ago I decided enough was enough. I had seen The Pink Ladies around town and inquired about joining but I put off the day until January 2013. When I weighed myself, I wasn’t surprised but I was horrified. I knew I had to commit to exercising regularly and simply get on with it.

How did you start running?

I joined HRT on 6th January 2013 in the 3 mile Saturday morning group. I felt petrified but well supported. Sarah4
Valerie “ran” the three mile route with me and I struggled with every step. I was at the back of the group and had a light-bulb moment. I simply decided I didn’t want to be at the back anymore in any aspect of my life. I wanted to find my own space and achieve something. My eldest son wrote me some rules which included running every week and running on my own to improve my self motivation

How does running make you feel?

Running makes me feel so many things, it’s hard to sum up. Initially, it gave me space to work a lot of things out in my mind (and it still does). It makes me feel completely liberated and happy. I love the rhythm of running, the conversations I have with the friends I’ve made and the supportive network I’m part of. But, I also enjoy running on my own and exploring the wonderful area we live in. Seeing the season’s change is magical. I also run wherever I travel and my HRT vest has been to Australia, France, Italy, Majorca, Scotland and numerous places in England!

You’ve lost a lot of weight since you started running more, how did you do this?

Sarah2I combined running regularly with halving what I used to eat. I cut out nearly all sweet things and replaced meat with fish whenever possible. As the weight started to come off, I could run faster and further and this helped bring my weight down more – a virtual circle! I accepted plateaus and didn’t panic if my weight stayed the same for a month or so. I lost 3 stone in that year and have lost another stone since. My weight fluctuates about half a stone now but it’s under control which feels great.

What difference has the weight loss made to your running and how you feel generally?

The weight loss gave me confidence to enter races and take on challenges I never dreamed would be possible!
In terms of how I feel generally, I feel like the person I used to be. I’m about the same weight as when I got married – a bit heavier. People who haven’t seen me since then don’t think I’ve changed. People I haven’t seen for a few years don’t recognise me!

What do you feel is your greatest running achievement?

Running The British London 10k for a charity close to my heart. I was part of The Compassionate Friends’ team and set myself a goal to run under one hour. I think I did 58 minutes and raised £1300 for a very worthy cause.

Why did you decide to enter the London Marathon?

I ran the Reading Half in March and was thrilled with my time but vowed I would never run a marathon. Then I Sarah3thought, why not? A work colleague ran it last year and said it was the best day of her life. She bought me the book “Running Like a Girl” and messaged me when entries were open. I didn’t get a ballot place but applied to a few charities I support. I’m now part of #teamprincestrust and training is underway. I’m excited and terrified in equal measure! Any support is welcome but I’m not actively seeking sponsorship until I’ve run 18 miles…

Anything else you think might motivate others to give running a go?
I wish I had discovered my love of running earlier. It has changed my life and if I can do it, believe me, anyone can!

Thank you so much Sarah for this fabulously motivating interview and good luck in the London Marathon.

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14 Responses

  1. mollyfox16
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    Great motivation to run but would have been good to have a before picture. Hope she does well.

    • Harri
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      Sarah didn’t want me to use any before photos – I understand that! So just the succesful afters! x

  2. Fi
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    What a great post and a huge well done Sarah for shifting all the weight. I totally TOTALLY get the dislike of being at the back.

    Harri you’re great to run with and I look forward to keeping up with you and Sarah sometime soonish.

    • Harri
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      I’m going to interview you and blog about you next….

  3. Emma H
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    Great post and story Sarah! You’re going to nail London at this rate!

  4. Verity
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    Great story. As someone who is currently at the back, it’s nice to know it doesn’t always have to be that way. Plus the weight loss achievement is amazing. I find these inspirational stories very helpful with my own struggles.

  5. suecunningham2013
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    What a lovely motivational story and as someone who was once at the front but now is one of the ones at the back, I say well done and all the very best of luck.

  6. Jennifer Harrower
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    Great story, go Sarah! I have just entered Copenhagen half and was feeling very scared, but Sarah is doing a full marathon. Respect !!

    • Harri
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      Copenhagen half? How wonderful Jennifer!

  7. Tania
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    Wonderful story and very well done Sarah! I was briefly at the front but am now firmly at the back but hope to get it all under control 🙂 thank you for being our inspiration X

  8. Valerie
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    How lovely to have a mention in such a positive interview! Always thought I bored people death by talking to them when I was always trying make sure they COULD talk. Most people think they have gone deaf when they move up to the front! I stay at the back on most days and thoroughly enjoy it – most of my life has been back to front anyway! Great read, Sarah.

    • Harri
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      Having a back to front life is the way to go! Have a read of Sarah’s lovely comment below…x

  9. Sarah
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    I’m reviewing this belatedly. Many thanks for all the encouragement. Apologies for no before shots (I have very few and they make me feel crap! Prefer being me now). Valerie, you were/are an inspiration. And, no words can express how Harri’s commitment to making people like me enjoy running has changed lives, given friendship and just been a lot of fun xx See you on Saturday!!!

    • Harri
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      None of us like ‘before’ shot! And that’s fine. You’ve done so brilliantly with your running and now the London Marathon! And I remember you saying ‘never’! Hah! xx

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