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 Maria’s story

I’ve been running for a few years now and I’m part of the core team that has organised the Gnosall 10K since we (Gnosall Ladies) took over the race from NDRC 5 years ago. I’m not what I would call a serious runner; I’d describe myself as more of a ‘plodder’. I’m never going to set the world on fire with my pace or be one of those speedy whippets who win races. Yet I’ve always enjoyed running, along with attending regular Fit Box classes over the last few years, not only for the physical and mental health benefits but also for the socialising that accompanies it!

However sometime towards the end of last summer I went through one of those blips that many runners experience from time to time and, for no apparent reason, I appeared to lose my running ‘mojo’. So when Dale (Fit Box) announced that he was hosting the ‘8 week fitness programme’ in the Autumn, I immediately signed up and thought that this could be just what I needed to get back ‘on it’.

And what an interesting 8 weeks it proved to be! For the first time in my life, I began to realise how nutrition and exercise can have a significant effect on my physical and mental well-being. Never before had I planned meals and snacks, drank so much water or thought about how much (or little) exercise I was doing each day. Fit Box partners with Lily & Loaf and included in the 8 week programme was a lifestyle analysis conducted by Lily & Loaf, which proved to be an invaluable insight into how unhealthy I am in certain aspects of my life, especially regarding sleep (or lack of!). So with the support of Dale and the Fit Box team and armed with my exercise plan, meal plan and what I now call my ‘magic’ Lily & Loaf nutritional Nutri-calm supplements, I embraced a new lifestyle on this 8 week mission to become a fitter and healthier me. I made a number of small changes but I wasn’t fanatical about it and certainly enjoyed myself at the weekends – I wasn’t going to miss out on the Gnosale beer festival or weekends away with the ladies for any programme!

So at the end of the 8 weeks? Having never done anything like this before, it was extremely motivating to see that the tangible physical results: a reduction in body fat, weight and inches along with a demonstrable increase in my fitness level, all of which were measured at regular intervals. The more surprising and unexpected outcome was the fact that I was feeling so incredibly ‘well’. Thanks to the healthier lifestyle and the Lily & Loaf Nutri-calm supplements, I was sleeping like a baby for the first time in many years, the bags under my eyes had all but disappeared and some people commented that I was actually ‘glowing’!

It appears that it was just the boost that I had needed! I was enjoying running again with the added benefit of a slightly faster pace and with the strength and fitness to be able to run longer distances again. And whilst I’m still never going to set the world on fire with my running pace or by winning races, this programme made me realise that I’m winning at MY personal race and that this is all you really need in order to be happy in life.

Which brings me to the Gnosall 10K. As a race, we aim to bring together our active, local community of people who could be taking part for any number of reasons. You could be a serious runner competing for one of the trophies or a PB time, someone who loves the great outdoors and trail running, or a nervous first timer just aiming to finish the race, maybe raising money for charity along the way. 

The Gnosall 10K is a beautiful, challenging and extremely friendly race and we welcome runners of all abilities. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are, every single competitor is a winner in our eyes. So be a winner, support your local community and sign up now, we promise you won’t regret it: www.gnosall10k.co.uk

For information on Fit Box and Lily & Loaf go to the ‘Sponsors’ page on the Gnosall 10K website.


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