Hello and welcome to ‘Ten Minutes Spare’. 

Why the name ‘ten minutes spare’?

The blog actually started following the birth of my second baby. I had some tummy and pelvic floor complications. These are relatively common amongst new Mums but mine were severe enough to need some physiotherapy. If you want all the details have a read here.

I was asked to find ‘ten minutes spare’ for my abdominal and pelvic floor exercises. Every day for 3 months. With a not-quite two year old and brand new baby this presented a significant challenge.


Still I DID find time and my tummy and pelvic floor got stronger. Having thought I would never be able to run again, I’m now delighted and grateful to be doing so with confidence. I started with my first tentative jog in September 2014. I barely ran for more than 10 minutes at a time for another 3 months on advice from my physiotherapist.

My goal was to next to run 5k in under 25 minutes, the numbers don’t really matter, because personal bests are well… Personal! But for me this marked a return to my previous level of fitness. It took me until my boy was a year to achieve this. 

I’ve since taken on new challenges including running a double 10k (49 mins 54) followed by 5k race for life. I’ll be competing in my first post baby half marathon in October.


Why am I writing about it all?

I am so very grateful to have made a good recovery from Diastasis Recti and uterine prolapse, but the experience has reminded me of the precious and precarious nature of health. 

Writing a little about my experiences reminders me to make the most of every spare minute. 

Of course health is not just about making time for physical fitness, but also remembering that social and emotional wellbeing are just as important. When life is busy finding any kind of ‘ten minutes spare’ for ourselves can be difficult! 

If you’re reading and any of my experiences sound familiar do come and join this Facebook group. It’s for anyone to chat about the challenges of finding time for fitness amongst the busy chaos of life. Members share details of any helpful local facilities too. After all it’s hard enough finding time to exercise without having to waste time finding the best groups and classses.

I am writing here as a Mum and fitness enthusiast. I do not have any specialist fitness qualifications.

My aims

My blog is for mainly me to document some of the fun to be found in fitness. I would also love to think it might encourage anyone else with a busy life to find the time they need to prioritise health. After all if I can find the odd spare ten minutes, and I’m just a normal multitasking Mum, then anyone can. 

5 thoughts on “About

  1. doctomum April 12, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    Love your blog too and a great ‘about me’ section. You have done so well to get over the prolapse and find 10 minutes spare!
    Our kids are similar ages (give or take a few months – son is currently 2yrs 3/4 and baby son is 6 months) – so together we can mourn the loss of our old lives and our pelvic floors whilst chasing around two tiny terrors.

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    • tenminutesspare April 12, 2015 / 8:03 pm

      Ah thank you that’s so kind. I would love to write with your wit and confidence. I’ll be enjoying your blog whenever I’m in danger of becoming too serious and boring! I also have an enormous task to live up to your disclaimer… Still working on it. It is wonderful isn’t it.. The parenting bit, firmly not (no pun intended) the pelvic floor bit, but a few spare minutes of grown up time just so important too.


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