Run4fun provides a friendly, encouraging environment to take that first step towards running. Beginning to run for the first time can be very scary for most people so we’re here to make that transition as easy as possible. The running time is increased slowly over the course of eight weeks to prevent injury and increase the length of non-stop running to achieve the goal of 5K continuous running. There are numerous benefits to running such as weight loss, reduced blood pressure, lower cholesterol, more energy, improved sleep, increased level of concentration and above all general well-being.
My name is Rosie and I am crazy about running
I started running when I was about 9. I was a member of my local athletic club and running became my life. I competed at national, provincial and county level, with a great stack of medals to show for it! My preferred distance was 1500m but I tried everything, high jump, long jump and other field events. I’m definitely no Usain Bolt, but not quite Forrest Gump either!
I ran the Dublin City Marathon in 2005 and I have completed 6 half marathons and numerous 10k’s, 5k’s etc. Unfortunately I tore my cruciate ligament in 2008 and thought I would have to drastically cut back on my running. However, through hard work, determination and pain staking rehabilitation I have managed to sustain a good level of running. I now run 3-4 times a week and stick to shorter distances, generally under 10k. Through all my experience and love of fitness I went back to college part-time in 2011 and qualified under the ISSA as a Certified Fitness Trainer. I have also completed the first 3 stages of the Athletics Ireland coaching programme.
I love the feeling of running, especially when it’s done in beautiful surroundings. It’s a super way to relieve stress after a busy day in the office. Sometimes I find it hard to motivate myself to go for a run on my own but if it’s a group training session I find it so much easier. I hope I’m still clocking up the miles well into my sixties!
I have been coaching running for four years now and I get great satisfaction seeing ladies who could barely run for 2 minutes on the first night achieving their goal of 5K on the last night.
Running really is a great sport and is full of the “feel good factor”. It can become addictive and when injuries occur (as they most likely will at some stage) it can be heartbreaking having to take a rest for a period of time until the body recovers.