BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION
Running truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
I told you last week that the step-daughter (whom I have never met) of one of my university friends is a runner. Naomi runs 10k regularly in south London where she lives, and has already sent us 2 sets of beautiful photos for this blog in just one week!
New running-friend-whom-I-have-yet-to-meet #1 🙂
Yesterday Naomi messaged me to tell me about one of her running girlfriends, with whom she usually runs 3 times a week – in “normal” times – and who runs with her family, and would I be interested?
And thus it is that we have Siew Fong as our guest today.
New running-friend-whom-I-have-yet-to-meet #2 🙂
See what I mean about running being the gift that keeps on giving?!!
Without any further ado, here’s Siew Fong’s story of her family runs through south London.
“My family & I came into running quite by accident.
Not being a sporty family we thought about what we could do to stay fit (me having never ran my whole life, did a bit of skiing yearly but that’s about it).
Also the other motivation was for me to lose some post children spare weight!).
One Sunday morning we just decided to go running as a family around Southfields – just by AELTC, the All England Lawn Tennis Centre aka Wimbledon. Our son was then aged 7 and daughter aged 5.
We ran sporadically at the weekend up until 4 years ago (in spite of their resistance & tantrums, completely normal from children of that age!) when we started running more regularly, mainly due to the Wimbledon Common Park Run.
Our initial main route was down our local high street, up past Home Park Rd past Wimbledon park then down church road past the AELTC on the way home.
Occasionally we would vary it by running up Marryat Rd (the best view of London in my opinion! Sadly my phone camera’s picture doesn’t do the view justice).
Past Wimbledon Village high street then down church road. These routes were generally 5km.
This is until a few school mums friends introduced me to running on the Wimbledon Common. Not one to like running through mud I resisted the common for as long as I can but now I would much rather run through the beautiful unpolluted common!
Our new route sometimes take us past Tibbet’s Corner which has a place in HG Wells’ classic War of the Worlds (by the Green Man Pub).
These days we run at least 10km and have taken to running elsewhere in the world (our favourite being the running trail at the Beijing Olympic Park).
It’s quite a relief that our children who are now both teenagers no longer whinge and throw tantrums!
Recently a book that really inspired me is ‘What I talk about when I talk about running’ by Haruki Murakami. I really enjoyed his prose on his recorded history on running. He ran everyday (I have wondered if it was good to run everyday) and is so inspiring.
We always feel it’s such a blessing to be able to run together as a family.
Amazingly I can say it has now enabled skiing to be even more enjoyable!
Long may we be able to continue to do so!”
See what I mean in the title of this blog when I say what a super post this is?!
Siew Fong, thank you SO much for this post, which is a veritable tribute to running in all its dimensions – family, togetherness, travel, reading – and mud, of course!
I loved it, I agree about that view over London – and I can’t wait to read about your next run…hint, hint!