Getting your mojo back on track
More than 11,500 people have signed up to ‘The Irish Times’ Get Running programme
Get running coach Mary Jennings: According to one runner, ‘It’s been great to get the advice and encouragement to go out running. It makes it easier to push yourself to brave the cold weather and it really is well worth the effort.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Learning to run is hard. There’s just no way around that. Regardless of what level of fitness we are at or what mileage we are managing to log every week, none of us got to this stage without struggles along the way.
There are the weekend mornings when the alarm goes off and you roll back to sleep. There are even days when you’ve got your running gear on and you manage to find something else to do rather than get out the door.
With the Get Running beginners course, Mary Jennings has designed a programme that progresses at a pace that allows your body adapt slowly. But the mind can be a tricky customer, telling us we can’t do this, when our bodies are actually able.
One thing to help you stay on track is being part of a group, and with Get Running there is a large virtual community around the programme – in fact, more than 11,500 people have signed up.
Not only is it a large group, it’s spreading all over the world – we’ve got runners in locations as diverse as Melbourne, San Diego, Abu Dhabi and Sweden.
We’re delighted with the great feedback we’ve been getting from participants in Get Running and are sharing them here as they might inspire you to get out and get active or give you that resolve you need to stick with the programme.
Enjoying the programme
Through our Facebook page (facebook.com/irishtimesrunning) Jennifer McDonnell sent us this message: “Really enjoying the running progamme – I thought I would find it far more difficult but it seems to be pitched just right for us couch potatoes. Looking forward to week three and starting to believe that I might just be able to run for 30 minutes in six weeks’ time.”
Also commenting on Facebook was Anne Donegan, who was delighted to have completed week two. “Can’t believe four- minute runs done and feel great! Now makes week one runs of one and two mins so easy.”
By email (firstname.lastname@example.org) we heard from Maeve, who thanked us for giving her back her mojo – not something Irish Times journalists are often accused of.
“I’m really enjoying my new regime,” wrote Maeve. “If you had said to me a few weeks ago that I would be jogging like this and for the amount of time that I am, I would probably not quite believe you. It was something I always wanted to do but thought that it’d be too much to start something like this in my late 40s. Thanks for giving me back my ‘get up n’ go’ mojo! Maeve.”