Louise Brockman will be running the Marathon Des Sables in 2011
A Nottingham mum is getting ready for her first ultra marathon just 18 months after taking up running.
Louise Brockman, 32, from Beeston, was three stone overweight before she decided to change her lifestyle.
She said: "I was unfit and lazy. When I started running, [even] five minutes was huge. But it did get easier."
Louise will attempt to run 50km, from Blidworth to Nottingham Castle, in the county's inaugural ultra marathon, on Sunday, 22 August 2010.
Louise never dreamed she would be in a position to take part in such a physical pursuit a year and a half ago.
"I was overweight, unfit, and I had a little boy, so I got into the whole 'it doesn't matter' [mindset] and 'I can do what I want, when I want'.
"But 18 months ago was a turning point to do something about it... I [now] train all of the time. I'm fitter, stronger and about to become a qualified fitness instructor."
Louise believes anyone can get themselves into a position to run a marathon.
"You wouldn't wake up and say 'I'm going to run for 31 miles, today,'" said Louise.
"It's all about building yourself up to it, making sure you feel comfortable, confident, you've got to have a bit of fitness and you've got to want to do it."
After Sunday's event Louise will be building up the miles and her stamina ready for the gruelling Marathon Des Sables in spring 2011.
The event is a six day, 151 mile, endurance race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco.
The Nottingham Ultra takes places on Sunday, 22 August 2010, and starts at 9.00am at Blidworth Community Leisure Centre. For more information call 01332 875785.