Get Ireland Running is a national campaign that aims to increase awareness and encourage widespread participation in running for health, wellbeing and fitness. Athletics Ireland and some of their partners will be offering up free tips and advice on transforming your life by being physically active.
This week we meet their ambassador, 45 year old restauranteur/runner Mary:
How and why did you get into running? My brother introduced me my local athletics club when I expressed an interest in running a marathon after having my kids. I fell in love with it and have been running ever since.
How often do you run? I run five or six times per week. I started running for the health benefits but it quickly became the hobby I love so I like to get out as often as I can. I don’t worry too much if I miss a few days. Some of the runs would be short, but I still feel the benefits when I’m done.
What’s your favourite place to run? Along Clontarf seafront or in my hometown of Waterford on the rolling hills of Passage East.
What keeps you motivated? Running goals or targets, may it be a Marathon or trying for a personal best in my local parkrun.
What’s your favourite post-run treat? I love a coffee and gluten free flapjack.
What can you not run without? I was told when I started on my running journey to make sure to invest in a good pair of running shoes and they weren’t wrong. I currently run in Brooks Ghost 11 and can’t be without out them!
What advice can you offer someone just starting out? Just lace up your shoes go out the door run to the corner at first then a little bit further every time. Don’t put off a run because of weather or not feeling bothered you will never regret a run once it over. Always stretch after your run no matter how long or short it may be.
Athletics Ireland look forward to supporting you on the journey.
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