One of the SI Network’s lecturers, Claire Smith, recently took part in a 15k race alongside a part of Lake Garda, Italy. In her everyday life Claire works as Lead Occupational Therapist within the Adolescent Forensic Secure Service, at St Andrew’s, Northampton.
Claire has always had a dislike for sports and 18 months ago she couldn’t bring herself to run for even 1 minute. Having also been told by doctors to avoid high impact sports because of her back problems, running a 15k race was something Claire never thought she’d do.
Claire joined the couch to 5k programme at her local running club. Thanks to the support from the club, this gave way to other opportunities such as relay races, raft races, 10k runs in the snow, torch runs and so much more.
Claire said; “This experience has been truly life changing. I’ve met some amazing people, pushed myself out of my comfort zone and seen parts of the countryside I never knew existed.”
The new-found love of fitness has really helped her cope with a hectic work and home life.
“This experience has really stressed the importance of proprioception, my favourite sense. The calming and organising effect of heavy muscle work which I use daily with the young people I work with in secure care is now put to use in my own personal life. Joining the running club was one of the best decisions I've made in terms of my own occupational balance, roles and routines.”