Lois @lois_lo_lo - lives in Luton, is a GP, Teaching lecturer in Medical Education and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead. She is passionate about running and staying active and sharing her enthusiasm for running with others.
She has always been interested in sports, playing netball and basketball competitively for many years. Running was always a reserve activity for her, something to do between seasons, when she felt guilty about her inactivity. This all changed after her second son, and a move to Luton. Not having the time to play netball, and balancing work with her young family, Lois initially began home HIIT workouts and circuit training, but frequent interruptions for nappy changes and feeds left her feeling unsatisfied.
She decided to go for a run one afternoon and was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable and uninterrupted this session (or type) of exercise could be. She immediately swapped her home workouts for outdoor runs. These quickly increased infrequency and within a few months Lois was running 4-5km every day.
She hasn’t looked back since, and except for a few days in 2019, and no missed days since March 2020, Lois has been running daily ever since. Most recently her #NoExcuses ethos was put to the test, during her last pregnancy.
Struggling with nausea and vomiting in the first trimester, ever changing bra sizes, and pubic-symphysis (pelvic) pain in the last trimester all meant that Lois relied heavily on the habit she had built up over the past 2 years to get her through her runs. She managed to continue to run throughout her pregnancy, and continues to run daily, including just 9 hours after delivery!
For Lois, running is more than just about the physical movement- it’s become meditative, a tool of self-discipline, a reminder how incredible our bodies are, and continues to be her self-care time- a time when she can focus solely on herself.
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Who is Dr. Lois
Having been involved in sports since a young age
Being competitive in school
Playing netball and basketball at university
Enjoying team sports and being socially active
Becoming a mum
Spending time with her family and what she loves to do with them
Pregnancy and giving birth to her youngest
Running after having her first child
Wanting to go out and move after birth
Enjoying activities like running, netball and basketball
Moving to Luton
Exercising on her own after her second son
Challenges and how she managed her time
Giving time for herself
Running regularly five months after her second childbirth
Trying to be consistent and doing an early morning run
"Being intentional is being consistent."
Having no reason why she shouldn't run
Not wanting to miss out on running for whatever reason
Using a running app
Being part of running clubs and communities
Identifying herself as a runner
Doing her best to keep up
Benefits of running for her physically and psychologically
Finding running as meditative
Her thoughts about running with a baby
Bad runs in her running journey
Losing control of her body in the first trimester
Getting back to running and enjoy it as her goal
Quick Fire Questions
Final words of advice
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