Today I’d like to introduce Sarah Clancy. She is running a campaign called Wild In Herts to inspire families and children to get more active and explore in and around Hertfordshire. Her passion for activity shone through in this campaign so I got in touch and asked her if she would take part in this Active Women Interview series so we could all benefit from a little of her enthusiasm!
Tell us a bit about yourself Sarah …
In my professional career I am a senior events producer in the ever-changing further education sector and I have a massive passion for all things social media. However, most importantly I am mum to two amazing boys, who are now five and three years old. I love an adventure and have lived and studied in Spain and traveled far and wide. Ever since a little girl I have always been active and involved in one sport or another, including horse riding, netball, field sports amongst others. My passion for being active and exploring has never left me and I am now running the Wild In Herts campaign to encourage others. You can follow me on Twitter @wildinherts and visit my blog too.
When did you decide to start exercising regularly and why was that?
I have always been an active person and have made sure that I embed exercise into my daily routine. However, I certainly upped my training after the birth of my first son. I started heading out with my trail running shoes on, into the countryside and exploring all of the footpaths around me. Gradually I ran further and further and completed my first half marathon in 2017 and Tough Mudder the year prior to that.
What activities have you tried and what’s your favourite?
My favourite activity is cross country running. It gives me a real sense of freedom and allows me the space to go and explore and regather my thoughts. It’s so great for my mental health and wellbeing.
What has been the biggest barrier you’ve had to overcome in your fitness journey?
Finding time is probably the hardest. But running and exercise is now embedded into my routine and I miss it if I don’t get out.
Have you had any negative comments and how have you dealt with them?
No I am lucky enough not to have had any negative comments.
What goals have you set and have you reached any of them yet?
I like to set myself a new challenge every year, 2016 was Tough Mudder, 2017 was the half marathon and 2018 I aim to complete the Welsh three peaks.
What benefits has being active brought you?
It has most certainly made me a better mum as it has allowed me time to myself and have some well needed head space away from my lovely (most of the time) children and work! Plus it is also good for my waistline, definitely helps me to sleep better and great for my overall health. I also feel that by being active I am a positive role model to my children who are also very active.
What advice would you give to other women who want to start exercising?
Get some decent off road shoes or trainers, download an OS map app on to your phone and go exploring (either running or walking). Start with small goals and then gradually increase them, you will be amazed at how quickly you improve.