Without getting all soppy and crying all over my keyboard. I am going to tell you how running can change your life. I am also going to tell you how it has changed mine too. Running can be and is well known to be a sport that is quite lonely at times. It’s an individual sport for many but also running is based around teamwork and joint goals.
I started to run in August 2011 for no reason in particular apart from watching runners run the Dublin marathon 2010. You could say I was inspired.
To be honest it was a Facebook advert for the Dublin marathon that really gave me that little push. I signed up for the Frank Duffy 10 mile, Dublin Half Marathon and of course the ultimate one of all, the Dublin Marathon 2011.
Within 5 minutes of signing up I got this fear developing as I realised I haven’t ran in years. More importantly I had 12 weeks to get my ever increasing size bum out running on the roads.
“Running just became a part of my life and something I looked forward to”
My first year of running was absolutely great. I was out running 4 times every week with absolutely no idea what I was doing. I had no structure or any sort of training program. I think that is one of the reason I took to running as it was fun for me and nothing more than that. From day one I’d say to myself “why didn’t you do this sooner” running just became a part of my life and something I looked forward to.
Wasn’t that lovely? Non-runner becomes a runner, delightful. They might even make a movie about it, the runner version of Rocky! Of course I am joking but any movie directors interested in contacting me about such a blockbuster idea then do call. My mammy thinks it’s a great idea anyway.
To really explain how running can change your life I will tell you how running changed my life – what better way to do so!
Join A Running Club
Join your local running club if that is possible. You will not only be more motivated but you will share the experience with other runners like you.
I joined the Dublin Front Runners in July 2012, which not only helped me with my fitness, it helped me keep motivated whiles I trained for marathon number 3. I also look at other runners like my sister Christina who was running around the football pitch before joining her local running club Drogheda & District AC. I think she maxed 10 km to 12 km before joining the club and within 5 to 6 months she ran her first marathon.
“Join your local running club”
As I watched from the side line Christina started to clock the miles week after week. I could see her and all her running buddies become a team. They shared experiences together, motivated each other and ultimately gave each other the encouragement they needed.
I’ve had the exact same experience in preparation for both marathons Rotterdam and Dusseldorf 2013 with my running club. I often think the experience in training with the running club was what I will remember for my lifetime and not so much the race itself.
“I will remember for my lifetime”
I once said to my friend that when I ran my first marathon I would repeat to myself “If I can run a marathon I can do anything in life” Okay that is a little soppy but the confidence I developed was great for me, I felt good, I thought I looked good and I was achieving things I never thought possible.
I have met runners who started on the Couch to 5 km program and are now regular runners with the Dublin Front Runners. I’ve seen my buddy Michael run his first sub 40 minute 10 km and how that rocketed his confidence. He is now running under 40 minutes regularly in training (better state that in case he reads this). I’ve watched my sister transform, run a marathon and develop a lovely confidence in her abilities more than anything.
Running Friends & Running Buddies
When I started to run I met some amazing men and women. Friendships that started around common goals, targets and of course the love for running. I’ve made running friends from all over the world which is just great. What more can you say here as it really is that simple, you form friendships with people that you will have for a lifetime.
“common goals, targets and of course the love for running”
Focus and Direction
“If I can run a marathon I can do anything in life”
Not everyone needs focus and direction but I know I do. Running helped me with that and It actually thought me a lot of discipline when it comes to everyday life. I am almost certain that it was my background in running that helped me secure the job that I really wanted. As I said I would repeat to myself in training that “If I can run a marathon I can do anything in life” of course that is not 100% true but you get my meaning.
This is a nice little bonus of running as every so often you might consider a race in another city worldwide or even locally. I ran a marathon in Germany, two in the Netherlands, 5 km in Toronto, half marathon in New Jersey and many half marathons in Ireland. I ran every single one these races with new and old friends.
I asked some of my friends “How running has changed your life for the better” and I received the following response from them. Exactly why running is becoming one of the most popular sports worldwide again!
Chris, New York Frontrunner, 10 time marathon runner
“It’s my mediation.” It’s given me so many friends”
Roisin, Team Carrie Marathon Runner 2014
“When I have something on my mind I run and try to sort it out without people throwing their two cent in”
Christina, Drogheda & District AC, Marathon runner 2014
“Left me happy and positive in everyday life – I feel stronger and happier, happy in myself because the running which makes everything better. We all have different experiences on why running can change your life and this is my reason. I love running”
Edel, Drogheda & District AC, Marathon Runner 2014
“It’s the cheapest therapy ever!!”
Lisa, Drogheda & District AC, Marathon Runner 2014
“It clears my head and it’s free go when I want”
If anything after reading this blog I just hope I’ve inspired you to run. I hope you can relate to this as a runner and remember how lucky we are to find something that has helped shape us as people and in many ways challenged us personally and if we are lucky inspired others. “Be Inspired and Inspire Others”
“Be Inspired and Inspire Others”
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