Hi, I’m Caroline, founder of Run With Caroline – a running, fitness and nutrition blog
How it all began
My love affair with running started back in 2008 when I had just graduated from university. Following years of partying, poor food choices, nights sitting in front of the TV and a virtually non-existent fitness routine, I embarked on my very first run.
To say it was hard is an understatement. I remember that day so clearly. I couldn’t even run for more than 10 metres without getting out of breath. I remember thinking at the time how could this get any easier. My whole body felt like one giant, immovable lump.
I knew something had to change so I set about running more regularly. I loved how it felt to be in the great outdoors, doing something that was not only good for my health but for my soul too. I soon clocked up the miles and with them my confidence and self-esteem grew. My body was getting stronger and I no longer found myself getting out of breath.
Bumps along the road
It hasn’t been a straightforward journey. In 2018, I was diagnosed with endometriosis – a life-long condition which can have a significant impact on your life, and indeed running and fitness. You can read more about my diagnosis here. There have also been moments of self-doubt and crises of confidence along the way.
Despite all this, I was determined to keep up the running as it was my release.
Fast forward to 2021 and I’ve run countless Parkruns, 5k and 10k races and half marathons. I’m a UK Athletics Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF), Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) and Level 3 NASM Personal Trainer. I work with beginner and intermediate runners alike near my hometown of Cambridge, UK.
I’m also passionate about raising awareness of endometriosis and showing women that even with a chronic illness like endo, you can still lead an active lifestyle.
I started this blog to share my love of running in the hope that it might inspire and empower you to take up running. I truly believe in the physical and mental benefits of running, and want to make it as accessible to as many people as possible.
Feel free to contact me at [email protected] or follow me on social media.