I’ve always considered myself a sports fanatic – but only when it came to watching other people do it! Three years ago, I decided to give running a go. So armed with my iphone, the couch to 5k app and hidden from the world on a secluded beach close to my home, I started to move... slowly. Jogging for 30 seconds to start with felt like an eternity. But somehow, I managed to keep moving and got to my goal of running 5k without stopping (or keeling over!) within a couple of months. But to get any better, I knew I couldn’t do it alone. It was then that I took the next step and joined my local athletic club, entered my first 10k (the Great Ireland Run) and I haven’t looked back since. Time wise, it is easy to fit into a busy life. Training takes place for an hour three times a week, with a long slow run on a Sunday. Three years on and a second child added to the family (I continued to run a slow 5k throughout my pregnancy), I have just completed a half marathon, something I would have thought impossible not that long ago. Running has given me energy, confidence, a new circle of friends and much needed head space away from the demands of work and parenting.
Joanne, Drogheda, Co. Louth