We’re in Manchester on a Saturday night and we’re late for the theatre. We have shopping bags, three children and 10 minutes to make it to a show that has cost an arm and a leg.
The city centre is heaving and there are road closures everywhere. “Let’s get a taxi,” I tell my husband, but traffic is crawling.
Then my voice says, “We could run. I can run now.”
And there is a fundamental turning point in this whole story. For the first time since being a kid, I feel I can run in public, without being embarrassed and without the fear of collapsing after a few yards. I’ve gone from doing everything possible to avoid even the slightest jog to actively suggesting a run.
It’s all well and good doing the treadmill but this is the first time I’ve had to put my running into practice in real life and I’m amazed that I feel ready for it.
So, we grab bags and children and we run. Immediately I realise my rooky mistake – I’m not wearing my sports bra and my #jigglingjugs are in their element. Luckily, my big winter coat maintains my modesty.
My kids are fantastic little runners so I explain it’s just like cross country but with human obstacles (namely drunken blokes and one man laid out in a gutter in full fancy dress). We duck and dive through the Bladerunner streets of Manchester and I feel a little smug that not only am I running, I’m also carrying extra weight (through shopping bags) and manouvering in different directions.
We approach a group of tipsy men and I shout ahead in that awfully polite English manner, “excuse me please, could we possibly pass?” The group parts as we run through and a few of the men shout encouraging comments along the lines of “Go on love, let the lady through, keep it up.”
We arrive at the theatre in time and I’m a bit breathless but not bent double with stitch and not gasping for air. My seven- year-old gives me a high five.
My husband raises his eyebrows and says, “We didn’t need to run, we’d have made it in time walking. You just wanted to run because you’ve gone all Rocky since doing your training.”
He’s right. Bring it on!
Love #jigglingjugs x