After smoking heavily from her teen years to the age of 40, Trish Train changed her life for the better and set herself on a healthy new path by starting running. We hope Trish’s story will inspire many other women to change their lives and be active and healthy.
Fast forward to today and the 50-year-old Isle of Wight native has been selected to represent his country at the 2017 Gotland Games.
We caught up with Trish to find out more about the remarkable change in her life and how her life has changed since she started running just four and a half years ago.
The combination of a difficult childhood and suffering from food issues turns a young Trish Train’s world upside down. He felt that the foundation stone would be laid for leading an unhealthy life for decades.
“When I was of elementary school age, I was a good runner but the combination of a few doors from the sweet and chip shop and a particularly happy childhood resulted in me becoming an overweight child. I was in my teens and 20s. In the beginning I had food/weight issues which I solved by, stupidly, started smoking.
“What started out as an occasional habit soon spiraled out of control. In the end I was smoking at every opportunity, maybe 35-40 a day,” Trish said.
Any pressure Trish felt from her earlier eating disorders was exaggerated by the birth of her son. A single mother, Trish has worked tirelessly to raise her son and make him the youth he is today.
“It was even worse when my son was born. He is on the autistic spectrum and has ADHD so he was a difficult child, which I have raised on my own since the age of 3. He is just 18 years old and with a lot of hard work has matured into a lovely young man.
“He does parkruns occasionally but his main interest is karate, he’s a grade away from his black belt. I’ve always encouraged him to try new hobbies, but I don’t think he’ll ever be interested in running!” Trish said.
turn in a corner
So, where did Trish get her inspiration to stay healthy? It is not often that a person’s lifestyle undergoes such a drastic change. What was the turning point in his incredible story?
“When I was in my early forties I used to have frequent bouts of bronchitis and remember one occasion that I was woken up to a noise that I thought a phone was ringing but actually a loud rumbling in my chest I decided that I should quit smoking or I would be lucky enough to reach 50. After a few failed attempts, I quit for good in 2010 with the help of a local clinic.
“My carbon monoxide reading was 46 (a heavy smoker is usually between 15-20), so I was really terrified for my future health. To avoid weight gain and be more healthy, I took a local Joined the gym. After two or three years I started running,” recalls Trish. I would recommend the wipe pen
Every athlete is prone to injury at some point or another. Title Did Trish know her worst injury ever would come not from the sport itself, but, her new job as a post lady for the Royal Mail!
“I changed jobs mainly because I wanted something with a few more hours/salary when my son dropped out of education and a postal job came along. I thought it would help or ruin my running, it’s so physical. A few weeks after starting there I fell and later fractured my ankle, leaving a piece of my tibia. It’s probably my worst injury ever,” Trish said.
Apart from her unfortunate injury, Trish’s job has boosted her fitness even more. Since debuting with Royal Mail in 2015, Trish has gone from strength to strength, running better times across all distances from 5km to half-marathons.
Under the watchful eye of coach Geoff Watkin, Trish has won the Brading 10k, placed first in the 2016 Hampshire Road Race League in her highly competitive age category, and ranked 32nd/15600 in the UK in the V50 category.
Also in December she received news that she had spent qualifying time for the Island Games in the GoSport Half Marathon and was being offered a place on the Isle of Wight team.
a moment to reflect
The last four and a half years have been full of ups and downs for Trish. As she reflects on her incredible achievements and progress, what advice would she give herself 10 years ago?
“I would say to Trish 10 years ago, never push your limits, you never know what you can achieve with some confidence and effort. I would say that to strive for every opportunity in life, I wish Turns out I had this talent before.
“I’ve never experienced anything on the scale of the Island Games, so hope this opportunity doesn’t overwhelm me and I can enjoy it. That said, I’ll also aim for a personal best and if we can, Laura If we can rank well in the women’s half marathon team with Brackley, it will be fantastic,” said Trish.
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