Love the challenge 

I managed 30k in total last week. I did the park run on the Saturday and managed to get another pb which I was very pleased with. Then on the Sunday Kate and I did a 15k walk in training for the half marathon at the end of September. As the week hadn’t started well due to illness and injury I was very pleased to be at this point.

490 to go

I managed to get out for the first run today. Didn’t have the best start to the week with a silly virus, so I was extremely pleased with today’s effort. 10k and a new pb: great way to start my challenge.

The weather was on my side today as the rain held off and the temperature was ideal. I ran along the path from our house to the wharf and then along the canal. Passed another couple of joggers and it’s so nice to have a cheerful hello or keep going and knowing smile.

However, I do need to remember to charge my iPod so I don’t have to also run with a portable charger! Not helpful. I also need to update my playlist. My choice of music normally isn’t the best for an upbeat run. Any suggestions gratefully received!

Here’s to the next run 🙂

The Challenge

I used to run! She says in the loosest sense of the word! I dabbled about 6/7 years ago. Well, in a bid to shift the baby weight I decided to take it up again. A few stone lighter and I’m now thoroughly enjoying running again. I’ve joined a running club and have started to run at parkrun on a Saturday morning!

I decided I wanted to challenge myself with my weekly running. So as people count down to Christmas and the New Year and the winter draws in I am going to run 500 km. That’s 500 km in 20 weeks! Some of this will be running with my club, while other runs will be on my own outside and some on the treadmill. There will be parkruns of course and a couple of organised bigger events. Hopefully a few will be in other counties and countries 🙂

All runs will be recorded by either my Garmin watch or photographic evidence. Don’t worry – Andy will also verify it all!

I will post each run so people can keep track.

Please: if you can sponsor me, anything would be much appreciated for this amazing cause: ICP Support.

If you can please visit

Many Thanks

Jen xx

The History

Those of you who know me well will know that when I was pregnant with George I was diagnosed with ICP. Many of you won’t have a clue what that is! Me neither – well, not before December 14th 2012.

I thought it was normal to feel so rough during pregnancy: tired, sick, dizzy and ridiculously itchy. An itch like I can not describe. I would wake up bleeding from scratching during the night. I still have the scars. nothing seemed to stop it. During a routine midwife appointment I spoke about this itch, but mainly because my mum (a former nurse/health visitor) said it wasn’t normal. Bloods were taken on the Wednesday evening. I remember so clearly being at work on the Friday: I felt horrendous, exhausted and ill. I phoned the doctors thinking I had a virus or something. I was waiting for a call back and instead the hospital phoned. All I remember is the midwife saying ‘you have obstetric cholestasis and we need to see you here within the hour. We need to monitor your baby’. Clearly, being a rational 35 weeks pregnant hormonal woman, I just burst into tears. Poor Jules in work had to console me as we waited for Andy to pick me up. We went straight to hospital, where I was hooked up to a monitor and tests taken. George was moving around like the fidget he was, thankfully. After a long afternoon we saw a doctor who confirmed that I had ICP and prescribed ursodeoxycholic acid (urso) and Piriton and said I would be seen in two weeks.

I went home petrified, shattered and confused. Online I read all sorts. Words flew around: early delivery, stillbirth, rare, urso, itching, ICP Support. I came across the ICP Support group online and found a phone number. I remember tearfully calling the next day and speaking to someone, who was just amazing. They reassured me, explained everything and spoke clearly about the next steps. Without them we would have been lost. We had a plan of action: bloods twice a week to monitor bile acid levels. These can spike without warning, so need regular testing. This also meant we were informed and clear about delivery. George was induced and born healthy at 38 weeks.

I am extremely lucky. In the grand scheme of things my ICP wasn’t classed as severe and George is just perfect. Some women diagnosed with this are not so lucky and may have to deliver even earlier, with further complications. In some cases babies can be stillborn. ICP Support is working to raise awareness of this horrible condition. It is not a common pregnancy problem and some hospitals are still unaware of how to treat it properly. Pregnant women need to be aware that an itch may not always just be part of being pregnant. It’s not always just another thing to deal with. By completing this challenge I aim to raise both awareness of this condition and vital funds for this amazing charity.

Please visit the website to find out more about the condition and to see the amazing work they are doing: