L is for losing my commute

04 December 2017
Hannah Aldred, 32, London
A selfie of a woman wearing headphones after completing a marathon.

Three years ago I made a promise to myself that, on my 30th birthday, I would run a 10k race. So, in December 2014 I began the training, jogging to and from work. It was a perfect way to train because I was commuting anyway, so it meant my running wasn’t taking up my own time.

I had managed to get up to five miles per day when I developed shin splints. I used my work health insurance to get some help from the physiotherapists in the Bupa Health Clinics and began going to the gym instead. I was really worried that all my hard work was going to be undone and I wouldn’t be able to fulfil the goal I’d set myself. 

I called Bupa and they helped me book an appointment at the Bupa West End clinic on Mortimer Street. They did their best to get it resolved in time, using Kinesio Tape in order to take the weight off. They also gave me acupuncture to help loosen the muscles. I worked with them on a training regimen too, that wouldn’t interfere with my injury but still allowed me to maintain my fitness using rowing machines and cross-training.

I went back the day before the race, so my legs could be re-taped, but I was well enough to run and even achieved a personal best, completing my 10k in 51:45! I was the 15th fastest female overall and fifth fastest in my category – so I could enjoy my birthday party afterwards knowing I’d burned plenty of calories.

Getting back to full fitness made me so grateful for just being able to run. I had to factor in extra hours each day to get to the gym, which was very frustrating. I love running to and from work and using my commute as exercise; it frees me up to achieve so much more with my day.


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