Being part of the London Winter Run 2018 blogger team also means that I had a chance to meet the amazing gold medal winner, Olympian Amy Williams last week. Not only we had a chat about everyday things, but we went for a run in the St James Park.
Growing up in the Czech Republic where winter sports are super popular and winter Olympic Games are probably the most watched sports event means that I am a huge fan of winter sports and encourage both my daughters to be the same.
Both girls started skiing when they were only 3 years old, and enjoy watching ice-hockey games when we are over during winter. This Xmas we will be spending with my family in the Czech Republic and cannot wait for white Xmas. We will probably be going ice-skating on the lakes too, but mainly skiing.
One thing that is quite hard about the winter in the CR is to keep running in the snow. I have tried it a few times but find it very dangerous and know most of my running friends from back at home kind of tend to swap the toad for treadmills, spinning classes and swimming.
Anyway, meeting Amy was probably the biggest moment of my fitness blogger career. I was so happy to see how lovely and natural she was despite being so famous.
We had a good laugh and poses for a few pictures. It was so lovely running with her, and hopefully, we will meet in February on the actual race day too.
We also chatted about how we managed to get back into fitness after becoming a mum. She also found it hard with not many things around available for mums, and also enjoys buggy-running.
This took me back to the times I was fighting for my fitness back after giving birth to my secondborn daughter nearly 6 years ago. I miss those times and laugh back remembering Olivia shouting and encouraging me while I was running a super steep hill with her in the buggy.
Olympic Gold Medallist Amy Williams MBE
Amy is the ambassador for Cancer Research UK who is one of the London Winter run charities, and you will be able to see her on TV while attending South Korea in early November for part of the Olympic Torch Relay, in the run-up to the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics.
She became Britain’s first solo Winter Olympic champion in 30 years (and the first by a woman in 58 years) when she won gold in the Skeleton race at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. Amy retired from the sport in 2012 and in 2013 was announced as the first ever Vice President of British Skeleton.
Amy is a regular on the BBC Ski Sunday presenting team, and 2014 saw her feature on Channel 4’s celebrity reality show ‘The Jump’ as coach of the skeleton event. She has since taken on several sporting broadcasting roles on shows including 71 Degrees North, Alone in the Wild and Tour de Celeb.
She also presented six series’ of The Gadget Show from 2014-16 and has recently been signed up for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang as part of the BBC commentary team.
Alongside presenting, Amy is a motivational speaker, giving exclusive insights into the world of professional sport based on her vast experience, knowledge and struggles.