People want to believe they’re invincible. New mums included. They want to believe they can conquer anything. And why shouldn’t they? They’ve been through labour, people. Let’s just remember that. They’ve brought a new life in to the world.
But that doesn’t mean their achievements have to stop there. And comedian Claire Hooper, 38, is a prime example.
The stand up comic and new mother has recently completed her first half marathon just eight months after giving birth to her daughter, Penelope. After just four weeks of training in between work and juggling mum duties, the Aussie personality completed a 21 kilometre race for the Medibank Melbourne Running Festival this year.
When asked why she decided to do it, she said it was all someone else’s idea.
“I must have been having a good day because I remember thinking it sounded like a fun challenge. I then spent four weeks of training cursing my optimism…A month and a half before the race I was literally doing zero exercise. Well, ok, I’d run once in the six months since having Penny,” she said.
Claire doesn’t lie about the fact that fitting training into a ‘new mum’ schedule is hard. Really hard.
“It’s really, really difficult,” she said.
It’s hard because her husband also works and he’s already tired and not interested in getting up an hour earlier so she can spend some time running around in the sunshine with her dog.
“He’d like to be with the dog too,” she said.