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Why Brum mums run – Hayley’s Run Birmingham Story

Friday, April 27, 2018

With thousands already taking part, Run Birmingham is finding that the city’s mums are on a mission to get happier and healthier. 

Here’s Hayley, 36 from south Birmingham.  This is her run story:

“I had known for a long-time that I needed a lifestyle change but as a single mum of two wonderful children - and my son being severely disabled - finding time and the motivation was always hard.

“It was always important to me to encourage a healthy lifestyle for my children, making sure they were eating nutritious meals and ferrying them around to various after-school clubs, encouraging them to try all sorts of sports. But I wasn’t practising what I preached. My children were living this life of exercise and healthy food while I was sleep-deprived, grabbing fast-food where I could and hadn’t exercised in years.

“I knew I had to do something.  After seeing the Run Birmingham leaflet in my daughter’s school bag, I decided to go along. 

“I was extremely nervous and the thought of exercising in public filled me with dread, but I did it.  It was the best decision I’ve made in years.  It’s completely turned my life around.

“Although I have lost more than two stone in weight, I would say that running has much more positive effects on my well-being than just weight loss. Since I started running, I’m sleeping better than ever, my energy levels have gone through the roof and I’ve been eating better but, most importantly, I’m happier.

“Being a single mum can be quite lonely at times so the social side of my running group is one of the things I enjoy most. 

“Running as a group combines two of my favourite things:  being outdoors gives me that feeling of freedom and being part of a group means pushing and helping each other. 

Could you ‘do a Hayley’?


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