The New Million Dollar Baby?!

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I went boxing the other night and boy did it feel good! The sweat, the smell, the pain, the need to take deep breaths and not to forget the best sleep I have had in ages.

Motherhood is one of the busiest jobs in the whole world. But let’s face it, being on toe all day as we call it, doing the school runs, walking the dogs and playing in the park with the kids isn’t really making you any fitter.

Amazing as it is, motherhood also makes you very stressed and makes one feel in constant need to sit down and relax. Before you know it, years can go past and when that 3 year old turns eight, you realise that you don’t have to pretend to lose in a race on the beach; infact you know you will lose because his fitness is better than yours.

So although I can’t really keep up with my eight year old, I still have to pretend to lose with my 5 year old. And before she catches up, I have decided to up my fitness level. I’d like to be able to not just walk my dogs but also run with them.

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Inspiration is all around me as my husband runs and spars regularly, but it requires will power to find that extra oomph to actually go all out and get fit. I have always been a yoga girl and that has helped me with my agility and flexibility but I don’t do any cardio. None of the activities as a mother makes my heart go boom boom boom, I don’t really sweat and my core muscles are weak causing excruciating stitches and extreme breathlessness when I run and I am only 26 years old, I shouldn’t feel like this.

So when my husband’s boxing gym ran a trail women session, I finally got myself together and decided to give it a go. Pejs-All Star Boxing Club is a local boxing gym based in Margate that welcomes the ones who want a good workout and get fit as well as the ones who want to try boxing as a sport. They have a team of award winning coaches who help train boxers for matches.

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Boxing is one of those sports that always remains in the periphery but never really becomes a global trend. Hence, the gyms are reasonably sized oozing a feel of community when you go in there. It has also been a very male-dominated sport, but introducing and welcoming women in the club changes everything. For someone like me who finds gyms quite a hostile place and running on a treadmill all alone within the four walls very claustrophobic, a boxing gym is perfect where I can meet other local people, interact with them, avoid the cold outside and learn a skill that is new (working out in a normal gym isn’t really learning a skill is it?). It does not only help my health but will also develop my confidence in self-defence.

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Pej’s-All Star Club in Margate hold a lot of charity fights and the trainers are very well deeply involved within the community helping especially the youth (teenagers) to find something productive to do with their energy thereby keeping them away from trouble; and to keep them physically and mentally fit.

Tell you what, whether you have had a bad day at work or stressful day with your toddlers or just feeling meh, throw a few punches on those bags and do some solid pad work with the trainer, you are sure to go home feeling too tired to worry about anything else but a good nights sleep. It is a very good way to keep your heart and mind pumpin’.

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From overweight smoker to marathon contender

 

By Paul Gittings, CNN
July 28, 2014 — Updated 1321 GMT (2121 HKT)

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(CNN) — Seven years ago, Steve Way was a 20 per day smoker and weighed a hefty 230 pounds (104 kilograms). On Sunday, he led the marathon competition against the best in the Commonwealth before finishing a creditable 10th place.

Undaunted by the presence of defending champion John Ekiru Kelai of Kenya and a host of other athletes with faster personal bests, Way took the opportunity afforded by a tentative start by the race favorites to lead the bunch.

Despite the effort, just a glimmer of a smile can be seen on the face of the 40-year-old, who was representing England after a strong showing in the London Marathon in April.

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Way admitted that as the Kenyans and eventual winner Michael Shelley of Australia surged he could not keep pace but his story continues to be an inspiration to all couch potatoes approaching a mid life crisis.

He crossed the line after 42 kilometers in a personal best of two hours 15 minutes 16 seconds and still with a smile on his face despite toiling on a tough course around Glasgow in rainy conditions.

“Best day ever,” Way said. “I normally say it’s second best to my wedding day but this one matches it. Sarah (his wife) won’t mind I think.

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“All my top goals — top 10, PB, British vet record (for athletes over 40 years of age) — and I’ve managed all three. I couldn’t have wished for a better day.”

Way finished a minute faster than his performance in London, where he was third British finisher behind Mo Farah and Chris Thompson and 15th overall.

Regular training runs, sometimes up to 80km (50 miles), have seen him trim down to a lean 150 pounds as the fast food takeaways and a heavy alcohol intake have become a thing of the past.

The marathon is not even Way’s specialist distance.

He will challenge for the world 100km (62 miles) championships in Doha, Qatar in November and with a personal best of six hours 19 minutes 19 seconds, that’s six minute six second miles for the entire distance, has a realistic chance of gold.

Shelley was winning the first athletics gold of the Commonwealth Games, improving on his silver from four years ago and with a personal best of two hours 11 minutes 15 seconds.

Behind him, Kelai faded and his compatriot Stephen Chemlany took second with Abraham Kiplimo of Uganda in the bronze medal position.

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“It is starting to sink in now,” Shelley said. “I dug deep and I was hoping I wouldn’t blow-up like I have done in the past.”

Later Sunday, the competition on the track began at Hampden Park, with the final of the men’s 5,000m, despite the absence of the ill Olympic champion Farah, one of the highlights.

It went to Kenyan Caleb Ndiku, the world indoor 3000m champion, in a time of 13 minutes 12.07 seconds to beat teammate Isiah Koech , with New Zealander Zane Robertson claiming bronze.

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The crowds at the Games will have to wait for the appearance of Usain Bolt, who has arrived in the Scottish city, but is not slated to run until next Friday’s heats of the 4x100m relay for Jamaica.

Home crowds at the swimming pool were able to celebrate their seventh medal of the meeting and it was another fairytale story.

Erraid Davies, a diminutive 13-year-old competitor in the women’s para-sport 100m breaststroke, took a superb bronze behind Sophie Pascoe of New Zealand.

Davies, who was born with a chronic hip condition, is the youngest member of the Scottish team, but showed maturity beyond her years to move into the medals after turning sixth.