Badass Mamas

  • How Running in the Rain Helped Vicki Overcome PTSD

    The first day I ran around my garden because I was far too embarrassed to venture out. After the 3rd run I realised I may have to try it though so off I went in my new Nike trainers and I was off!


    In November 2014 I turned up to Parkrun with my parents (I was 27 years old and a mother of one)! I ran that cold day, a ran the whole 5kms in a fairly respectable time of 38minutes. My parents would take me out once a week and I would stop and tell them they couldn’t make me run but little did I know this would be the start of a passion (maybe even an obsession).

  • Stacey is Running For The Soul

    I can wake up in the morning with a knot in my stomach due to anxiety, I don’t always know why I feel anxious but I know if I put on my running shoes and get out that door that when I return home that feeling has gone.

  • Michelle Shares her Incredible Journey and her Battle With Lupus

    I came home on 23rd December 2016, just in time to spend Christmas with my family. I could hardly walk, my muscles had all wasted away lying on my back for 9 weeks and I needed 2 walking sticks to get around the house.

  • Running After Cancer ...Take One and Take Two

    Every day, a little more optimism grew and returning to running seemed like a possibility. I got excited about future goals at a time when I really needed it - I was even booking in races while sat in bed in bandages!

  • Top Tips for your First Half Marathon

    With Cardiff Half Marathon fast approaching, and training plans well underway the nerves may be setting in for many first-time half marathoners.  Fear not, the ladies from the BAMR Facebook group have got you covered with their top 5 tips for your first half marathon!
  • Claire on Running and PTSD

    The last week I’ve had recurring nightmares and felt panicked at the slightest things.

    My flashbacks have been triggered by the smallest things so much so that I withdrew from some planned activities and spent more time at home in my “safe bubble”.

  • Expert Advice from 'Being Mum' Festival Founder Kate

    After a night out I applied for Marathon Des Sables - you only live once right. I was so drunk I’d forgotten I’d applied until a year later (there’s a 2 year waiting list) only to get an email to say that I was in and had a year to train. This is where I really fell in love with running and the running community. Since then I have placed top 10 in Grand to Grand and second in the Themes Path Challenge 100k. I’m determined to win an ultra one day. 
  • How Running Changed my Life and my Career

    So let's just the last 2 and a bit years has been a whirlwind, but they have changed my life for the better. I'm healthier and fitter for my 3 children and husband. I've changed careers and now have my own running and walking club that's open to everyone.

  • Caitlin's Epic Couch to 5k Journey

    …as I went out and did my run that day, I didn’t feel ashamed anymore - I felt empowered - so... I wasn’t fast, I was still overweight, my face still went a very fetching shade of red. But I didn’t care any more because I was doing it,

  • Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow... BAMR, The Story So Far

    I felt like I was doing the walk of shame, liked I’d done something terribly wrong. It was horrific, leaving with my box of stuff and saying goodbye. I hate to admit it but it still gets me 2 years later. I really wish it didn’t.

  • Nutrition and Exercise by Expert PT (and mum) Sophie

    I often get asked questions about this subject, as exercise and a healthy balanced diet come as a package, you can't do one without the other. It is also easy to confuse food groups, what they are good for, which ones you need, when you need them and also what to avoid.