Mom to 5K  – Week 1 with Carrie Budds,

OK folks, sound the klaxon! This. is. it. Tomorrow we run. (Or the day after tomorrow, or whatever day you like but we have three half-hour sessions to get in within the next seven days!) The first week of Mom to 5K isn’t going to leave you crying and panting at the side of the road but it’s not going to be easy either, especially if you haven’t run before. We’re going to need to wrap up warm – the temperatures seem to have dropped just to test us.

Ready, Steady, Run!

If the apps are downloaded and the trainers have been unearthed then there’s nothing stopping us. Here’s the the introductory post on the Mom to 5K series in case you missed it and this is a quick reminder of what we’re doing this week…

Mom to 5K Week 1

I’m planning on starting tomorrow evening and these are my promises to myself for the week ahead.

  1. I will drink copious quantities of water on the day of my runs to avoid a banging headache.
  2. I will not let the elements faze me and instead, if it rains, I will embrace the chance to feel like a sporting goddess who braves all kinds of weather in the name of health, buns of steel and the lean physique of a greyhound. Because, y’know, my body is a bleedin’ temple.
  3. I will not binge-eat Toffee-pops on my return.
  4. I will feel proud and empowered by my new-found proactive and responsible attitude towards my personal health.
  5. I will not expect miracles from the bathroom scales. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Staying Safe While Running

         with Carrie Budds –
So, before we all get out therRunning Safety e, I reckon this is a good time to talk about running safety. It’s not always possible to find a running buddy who will match your pace and your fitness level and the majority of us will be running solo. I’ve enlisted the help of Personal Trainer and fitness instructor Carrie Budds, whose personal training consultancy, PT2U, runs online programmes specifically tailored for busy women who want to get back in shape and return to a healthy lifestyle. Carrie also blogs about fitness and nutrition at CarrieSmallPlate. The name of her blog is inspired by the nickname she got when she started her own fitness journey and began to take control of the size of her food portions. She has much wisdom and an honest voice. Plus, she’s a mum too so she gets it!

‘Run Safe Run Smart’

In her post Run Safe Run Smart, Carrie offers the following list of helpful tips to keep you safe when pounding those pavements:
  • Always make sure you are wearing reflective running gear if you are going to be running on roads.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Whatever way you look at it, you are more vulnerable when you are not aware of what is happening in your environment. So try to go without the headphones for those runs where you are at higher risk – or at least leave one earpiece out so that you can listen to your music, but still hear what is happening around you.
  • Always let someone know when you are going out for a run. Make sure you let them know what time you expect to be home and the route you plan to take.
  • Try to vary your routes and times so that your patterns don’t become predictable. You want to make it difficult for someone to track when and where you go on a regular basis.
  • Check out personal safety apps that offer a range of features like alarms, emergency SOS texts, tracking via GPS… Your phone can be an invaluable safety device so always bring it with you when you’re out running. Here’s a list of some personal safety apps that are available
For even more tips on running safety and ensuring that you are less vulnerable to a potential assailant or attacker read Carrie’s full post here. And check out the rest of her blog for some fun motivation, fitness tips, nutrition advice and recipes. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.


Carrie Small Plate

Away we go! 

If you’ve any other safety tips, we’d love to hear them in the comments below. Now, let’s get those running shoes on and get out there.  Don’t forget to stretch before and afterwards. You’ll find lots of pre-run stretches on YouTube. Oh and stop back here and let me know how the week is going or join in the conversation on the Shinners & the Brood Facebook page.

Now run, ladies, run! And God help us all.

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his. is. it. Today we run. Week 1 of Mom to 5K is here! This week we're featuring Carrie Budds, personal trainer with tips on running safety.



  1. Visitors brought me two packets of chocolate Kimberley, a six pack of twix and an enormous bag of buttons this weekend. Currently trying to get rid of as many of them as possible before I unleash my inner runner tomorrow. Now that I think of it though the buttons may have been for the children. ???? Good luck ????

    • Sinéad Reply

      Lol! I l̶o̶v̶e̶ hate it when that happens! 😉 I’m de-crisping the house here as I type. It’s a dirty job but somebody’s gotta do it! Are you running tomorrow evening? I hope it’s not baltic. It’s going to be, isn’t it?

      • I’ll have to run before it gets dark because even though I’m gonna take my giggly bits to the football field I’d a) be sure to run into something and b) start thinking there was something unworldly behind me ???? Working at home tomorrow so currently debating getting up early (ha ha ha ha ha not likely) or first thing after school run. It bloody will be Baltic!

        • Sinéad Reply

          Good luck! 🙂 I went this morning. I’m generally not a morning person but went before the school run. IT’S SO COLD!

          • First one done ✅ Some observations and lessons learned:
            – 60 seconds can seem like a very long time;
            – yer woman in that app would really want to tone down the chirpiness as the workout progresses (if she wants to stay friends with me);
            – I should not have worn so many clothes;
            – my knees, shins and lungs are not what they once were;
            – I need to sort out my playlist. Rudolf the red nose reindeer and white noise are not great for the motivation;
            – my dog is not in favour of the new me. He jogged along for a while but when he realised we were going round in circles he sat on the sideline and watched with what I felt was pity. Then he went home. Says a lot about the level of fun that was being had. Both him and yer one on the app are asking for it;
            – after the shock wore off I felt refreshed;
            – I might just be able to do this! ????

        • Hahahaha. Lolz and more lolz! Cheek of the the dog! That’s all you need is a canine crushing your enthusiasm with that sort of sass! Hurrah for doing it in the cold! I have a feeling that yer woman may start to grate on us all… although I really do love her when she says ‘you have one minute left’… ????????

  2. Oh your goals resonate with me very much, get out in the rain, once made it out dont stuff face upon return and dont expect miracles immediately! Safety tips are really useful. Especially the shake up your route, its a bit of a scary one when you think of it.

      • Sinéad Reply

        I’m constantly forgetting too! Glad it’s not just me! 🙂

    • Sinéad Reply

      I know! I watch a lot of Criminal Minds, Zoe so I basically jusy expect everyone I see to be some sort of psychopathic serial killer. No harm in a bit of Oonagi, eh?! 😉

      • Hahaha I thought I was the only one! Criminal Minds definitely has a lot to answer for???? !

    • Sinéad Reply

      Yup. Physical and psychological pain here too, Kirsty! Gah! 🙂 Thanks.

  3. Great tips for keeping safe. I used to run with my daughter on a bike beside me usually mocking me. But I am just not a great runner at all and my knees can’t take it so I stopped! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • Sinéad Reply

      I was thinking of taking the six-year-old with me at the weekend. I reckon he’d be cycling way too fast for me though! ????

  4. I *might* try and do this but I’ll probably be a week behind because I’ve got a busy week this week – see the excuses are already in! But I do want to get a bit fitter so I’ll try! #bigpinklink

  5. I would love to do this but no matter how much I try, I just can’t motivate myself to run (or even walk!). Maybe one day. Good luck to you completing it!

    • Sinéad Reply

      Thanks Nadine! I really hope I do now after all this bloody drama! lol…

  6. I don’t run well. I enjoy running and go out a few times a week ( *cough* month… ) but I’m not very good at it, I manage about 3km with a lot of walking involved too.
    I recently tried an app called Zombies! Run! which is hilarious and well worth trying out if you want some encouragement to go out.

    • Sinéad Reply

      You sound a bit like me then, Amy! 🙂 I’m intrigued by the sound of the app! Will def check it out. Thanks! 🙂

  7. I really should join in with this… I tried to get back into running a couple of months ago, but after a good start I’ve since failed miserably. Good safety tips #DreamTeam

    • Sinéad Reply

      Have a think about it, Kelly! The only way I’ll finish is if I hold myself accountable in public! I’m happy to hold you accountable too! Lol… 😉

  8. Ooh, good luck with this!! Me and my husband always used to go running together, before we had the children. I went on my own a few times after they were born, and I was always a bit scared about the safety aspect, so it’s fab to have these safety tips to refer back to! I’m doing a lot in the gym at the moment, but when my fitness is back up again, I’d like to join a running club! I’ll look forward to hearing how you get on!

    • Sinéad Reply

      It’s amazing the freedom had B.C. eh? Good luck with the gym! I just joined my local one. Allergic but I really have to go to justify the membership, even if it is only to sit in the hot tub. Lol… 🙂

  9. Hi Sinead, I love your approach to getting fit, it’s positive, upbeat and realistic. I hope you aren’t to shattered after your run or it could be runs by now (not as in ‘the runs’). Staying safe whilst running is priority, so the tips are fab. I never used to take a phone with me, but because I like to run early and the area is sometimes secluded I feel safer carrying it. But to be honest my biggest worry is loose dogs. They fill me with dread.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC. I look forward to following your progress.


    • Sinéad Reply

      I still have the jelly legs afterwards Debbie – a sure sign that it’s early days! I’ve not encountered any maniacal canines yet but I shall be on the lookout now!

  10. I have done a few running clinics in my time! Stick with it! It definitely gets easier. I was amazed by how i could go from feeling like I was going to die about 10 seconds in to running 18km consistently over a 5 month period!! (And I am not skinny or prone to enjoying exercise!) I always enjoyed running again. Now, 11 months postpartum after baby #4 I’ve been debating putting all the kids in the stroller and taking it up again. Great stress reliever! Good on ya! #KCACOLS

    • Sinéad Reply

      Woah! 18k? Well done, you! Love to hear things like this – that you can basically go from zero to 18k with the right programme and motivation! Thanks, Nadine. Good luck getting back into it!

  11. I refuse to run in public – I’m just not that coordinated lol. I use a treadmill so I have no excuses when it’s raining lol
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

    • Sinéad Reply

      I like to mix it up, Debbie. I feel I’m providing a public service by giving motorists in traffic some entertainment on their commute, y’know? 😉

  12. I actually found this rather interesting. I never thought about running safe! lol! But it makes total sense. Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost x

    • Sinéad Reply

      Su, I was the same. And now I feel like I’m super aware, which can’t be a bad thing.

  13. I did the couch to 5k app and the woman speaking really got on my nerves! Felt like a real achievement when I finished though 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #dreamteam x

    • Sinéad Reply

      Hold off on the praise until I complete it! Lol ????

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