Sophie in her own words:
“I am a solicitor and mum of one, currently pregnant with my second. I’m a runner, outdoor swimmer, paddle boarder and host of the What Next Mum Podcast.
I have been running for 12 years and have run plenty of half and full marathons.
When I had my son I had a real fear that I would lose my identity as a runner but that hasn’t been the case.
Since having him I cycled the 100 mile ride London 4 months post birth and ran a one day 100km/62 mile race.
Since then I have continued to do my own self made running adventures, including running the Jurassic Coast over 3 days, the West Mendip Way and running along the Wye Valley.
I started the What Next Mum Podcasts, so I could talk to like minded women and share their stories to inspire other mums to ditch the mum guilt and get out there.
I am also a keen outdoor swimmer, this is my fifth winter. I’m a rubbish swimmer but love being in the water and will be swimming to the Isle of Wight in September."
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Who is Sophie
Being pregnant with her 2nd child
Being an outdoor enthusiast
Getting pregnant at 40
Feeling a little bit anxious
Growing up in a large family
Liking running at school
Turning 16 and dropping all sports
Moving to Japan for 3 years
Starting work as a solicitor and taking up running again
Her running journey
Being encouraged to get into running
Identifying as a runner only recently
Getting into trail running
Stopping and starting with running
Life in her 20s
Needing time for herself after her first child was born
Training for a 100k/62 mile race in a day
Being told she didn’t need to finish the race
The challenges of running 100k in a day
Trying to enjoy the day as much as possible
Getting back into running
Using the bike for cross training
Starting the What Next Mum Podcast
Wanting to connect with other mum runners
Finding time during lockdown
Why it’s ok for mums to put themselves first
Having a good support network
The power of support from other women
Running with her brother Bob
Nutrition and eating while ultra running
Trying to stay away from sugar
Carrying gear in a 25L bag
Structuring the day
Magical moments on trips and type 2 fun!
Getting in to FKTs (Fastest Knowns Times)
Being less interested in racing
Wanting to run the Isle of White Coast Path
Working with a coach and using a 16 week training plan
Getting some new ideas for training
Cold water swimming while pregnant
Running while pregnant and supporting the bump
How to connect with Sophie
Final words of advice
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