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Michelle Griffith Robinson: Olympian, Mum of 3, Health and Lifestyle Coach, Mentor, & Personal trainer. Michelle is the offical ambassador of the Month of Miles. Here is her story:

From a Triple Jumper to a Runner(ish)

Just over 2 years ago, I was feeling unwell, and after several blood tests and further investigations, to my astonishment it turned out that I had a high HBA1c reading which meant I was prediabetic and on the verge of having type 2 diabetes.

I was determined to do everything I could to reverse it. In a nutshell, I decided to change my eating habits and look into my lifestyle. As a life coach, I always aim to impact people’s lives, hence why I chose to reach out to Diabetes UK and am now an Ambassador.

You probably would not believe me if I told you that I struggled with running long distances when I was at school. I was always the girl that would literally fly out of the blocks in a sprint and beat all the boys in my school. However, when it came to running in the rain in skimpy shorts around Gladstone park in North west London, I was always at the back, but it never phased me that I would come last at all the School Cross Country Championships.

Well just how did I turn this dislike into a like?

Quite simply when I retired from International athletics in 2006, and 9 months later had my second daughter, I realised that running longer distances was a way to help me to drop my baby weight and   most importantly running gave me my time alone to switch off and connect with myself. Nowadays I commit to running at least twice a week and incorporate weight training and circuits into my weekly training. One of my main benefits for running is, I feel so much clearer afterwards, and I feel like I have a ‘bounce in my step’ for the rest of the day.

Since I embarked on running nearly 14 years ago, I have completed 3 half marathons, and several 10km runs too. I must add, it is still not something that I find particularly easy, but what I do love is that it is easy to measure your improvement.

When I first started out I could run a 5 km in 33 minutes and within 16 weeks of consistent running and training, I managed to reduce my time to 24 mins 27secs to be precise. I am by no means a ‘Paula Radcliffe’ but what I am is a person who loves a challenge and who loves to see results.

As I mentioned earlier running helps me to clear my head and puts a spring in my step for the day. My top tips for anyone who is thinking about starting up running are;

·         Get yourself a good pair of well cushioned trainers

·         Set yourself a realistic goal (Walk 1 min, jog 1 min and repeat 5 times)

·         Monitor your progress

·         Check in with someone who can help you to stay accountable

·         Find a running buddy – company is great

·         Find a race and sign up for it

I hope my story gives you the encouragement to start your journey into running.

Enjoy & Remember your WHY

Michelle Griffith Robinson OLY

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