Kielder Run Bike Run Ambassador – Emma Dixon

I’m Emma, 36 from Halifax but have lived in Newcastle 18 years, so I’m practically a Geordie! I’m really excited I’ve been chosen to be an Events of the North Ambassador and will be training to complete my first Run/Bike/Run event at Kielder Water in October.The last couple of years have been amazing for me, both personally and sporting, and given me some ‘firsts’, that I will never forget, and now 2020 will continue this trend. 

I’ve always liked entering sporting events and having sporting goals. In 2018 I trained the hardest I’ve ever done and completed my first standard distance triathlon at Castle Howard in July. It was a great event, not only the challenge of the distance and all three disciplines of swim/bike/run, but it was also one of the hottest days of the year, just to add to the excitement (and difficulty)!

Then in early 2019 I was fortunate enough to find out we were expecting our first baby. Although I was pleased to hear from the midwife that the age of geriatric mums had been raised to 40, at 36 I wanted to make sure I stayed as fit and healthy as I could throughout my pregnancy. With the help of personal training, from Clare at Highfivefitness in Gosforth, Newcastle, I was able to strength train and swim safely until I was 38 weeks pregnant. 

Isaac arrived a day before his due date 4 months ago in September. He was very healthy but I had a couple of complications in delivery including a third degree tear and a severe haemorrhage. Initially exercise was the last thing on my mind, what with recovering from surgery, expressing milk for 7 weeks (Isaac was not a fan of the boob!) and sleep deprivation, but I soon wanted to get my body back, stop wearing maternity clothes and counteract the effects of excessive consumption of custard creams through pregnancy! 

By about 10 weeks postpartum I was starting to feel a bit more human and went on my first run (or should I say shuffle). I soon realised I was trying to do too much too soon and decided to try the Couch to 5k app which worked a treat. It gave me structure, it was achievable and I had Sarah Millican in my ear giving me permission to walk! To keep me focussed and give me goals I signed up for a 5k and applied for the EOTN ambassador and this week I’m pleased to say that I achieved both!

I’m slightly apprehensive about sharing my story with you – I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m sure there’ll be ups and downs along the way. Fitting in my training around having a baby and starting from a post-baby level of fitness is certainly going to be a challenge but I’m ready for it! Bring it on! 

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