I am Louise and I am a little mummy running. I am 5 foot 1 inch in my bare feet, 38 years of age and the mother of three lovely (but cheeky) monkeys. Top Monkey (TM) my first born boy. Middle Monkey (MM) second born boy. Finally, Little Miss Monkey. My most recent addition, a girl toddler with a lot of attitude.
I work part time and as you can imagine my life is busy with the three of them. I am doing my best to master the art of multi tasking. This is the main reason I am the Little Mummy Running. I feel like I never stop from morning until bedtime (whenever that may be).
I love running. Not fast or far but whenever I get opportunity around Monkey wrangling and attempting to be a fully functional grown up human being. It is a lot less about keeping fit but more about escaping.
My aim has been to develop a routine that gives me a balance between being a mummy and being a bit “me” again. I focus on fitness not specifically running, but this is a free activity that I have fitted around family life. It is important to note just now that, although I have run before, I am no athlete. I have run in organised events in the past and almost always enjoyed the company of The last man car/bike/person. Since becoming a parent however, running has provided me with a few moments a week where I can feel strong, capable and free. What really inspired me to do this now though was my monkeys.
When I started my blog, TM had just learned to ride his bike. After a few tentative false starts he was away. As I watched him cycling away from me so proud and strong, I felt jealous. I wanted to feel that freedom again. I admired his determination to do it. Nothing was going to stop him. To a 5 year old, riding your bike for the first time must be the closest you ever get to flying, really flying! I wanted to fly!
Now, one thing being a parent has taught me is to be a realist. Set your goals well and you can achieve what you want. Or at least something close to what you want. I was breastfeeding, I had recently had a baby and I had to manage three school runs a day. Finding time amongst my millions of other jobs to start running again was going to be a struggle.
I started writing this blog to motivate me to get out and do it. I hoped that in doing so, I could help motivate other parents, or anyone, with a limited amount of time, and a hunger for a little bit of freedom.
Since my journey started I have experienced great highs and devastating lows, that have shaped my experiences and writing. (Coffee, Cake and Cuddles). I am now focussed on promoting positive mental health, not least my own. This extends to the Monkeys too. I hope to inspire them with my running, to want to run too. To set a foundation for them for good mental health.
Therefore if you are looking for an entertaining look at the life and adventures of a vertically challenged, often clumsy and forgetful, running mummy of three crazy monkeys. You’re in the right place. I hope to make you laugh and cry (sometimes simultaneously) as I continue to run for, with and sometimes away from my family.