About Run Like a Girl
Welcome to the home of Run Like A Girl, learn to run courses and lots of information on getting and keeping fit, healthy and happy!
If you would like to start running but feel you need a bit of guidance or if you are already jogging but want to improve, you’ll find information on the Run Like A Girl Beginners and Intermediates courses in the Run Like A Girl Courses page. These courses are designed to build your confidence and show you that anybody, regardless of age, shape, size can run and enjoy it!
My name is Raedi and I love to run!
I started running in college as a way to lose weight. This was my initial focus but I realised quickly that running and fitness was more about sanity than about vanity!! I was very self conscious at the start, leaving my house at the crack of dawn and running with my head down. Not a good idea in the dark, in the middle of the countryside! Initially I was disheartened by my lack of fitness but kept plodding along. I had no idea what I was doing really but I was hooked.
I loved the feeling of freedom and over the next few months my confidence grew as I tackled longer and more difficult routes. I picked up a few nasty injuries due to my lack of knowledge and experience, these sidelined me for months. However I always went back and started from scratch again, slowly building back up again. I should mention here that I am very stubborn so, in this case, it helped me greatly to not give up!! I entered races and fun runs to keep my motivation up and my family have been wonderfully supportive from the beginning.
While off running I took up cycling on the advice of the Ironman triathlete and super physio Joyce Wolfe. I joined a group who do the Tour de Munster every year, a 4 day, 600km+ charity cycle tour. I trained with them and they taught me so much and were so patient with a truly novice cyclist. You can see my account of the first Tour here http://tourdemunster.com/tdm2008_summary.html I loved it and have done it every year since!
After a few years working in the family firm as a site engineer, I decided to leave and go back to college to study gym & fitness instruction. I qualified through ITEC, along with this I completed the ACSM Personal Training and the Athletics Ireland Little Athletics cert and Level 1 Coaching cert. It’s a decision that I am so happy I made, even though it was scary at the time but it taught me to follow my instincts.
I am delighted now to be able to share my belief in the importance of an active lifestyle and its many benefits, both mental and physical, to anybody who truly wants it. I believe everybody deserves it.
My name is Rosie and I love to run!!
I started running when I was 9 until I was 17. I was a member of my local athletics 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! By the time I was 17 I decided to take a break from running until…….
About 10 years ago my sister ran in the Womens mini marathon and I went along to support her. I got very emotional seeing her coming across the finish line and it was only then I realised how much I missed running! The next day I put on my runners and slowly got back into running. From that day since, running is now a big part of my life.
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 4 years ago and thought I would never be able to run again. However, through hard work, determination and pain staking rehabilitation I’m back! I now run 3-4 times a week and stick to shorter distances, under the 6 mile mark. Through all my experience and love of fitness I went back to college and qualified under the ISSA as a fitness instructor, I also completed my Athletics Ireland little athletics course, with a view to helping others achieve their fitness goals!
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 (I currently work full time in the Insurance industry!) Sometimes I find it hard to motivate myself to go for a run if it’s 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!
My name is Maeve & I too love to run!
I started running & competing in athletics at an early stage. In school I was championship girl of the year & a keen netball player. I completed an advanced GNVQ in Leisure & Tourism & then moved to the UK to study a degree in Leisure & Business. After I returned from the UK my career took the turn to the business world & fitness became more of an occasional hobby. I started back running again at 21 after making the very smart decision to stop smoking & get health back on the agenda!
I always felt great, a sense of stress relief after a run (even though they were very slow & short runs to begin). I started to see an improve with my running and signed myself up for a 10km which was extremely daunting & I really didn’t know how I’d get on. After completing the 10km it felt amazing & gave me such confidence! That was my Everest & I was happy to leave it there until a very close relative was diagnosed with cancer at only 34 & I decided I would sign up for the Dublin city marathon to raise money for her treatment. I raised just over €4000 but unfortunately she passed away before the event, but her memory & strength got me across the finish line. Not only did I decide to compete in the marathon I took myself back to college & qualified as a NCEHS level 4 personal trainer. I left the corporate world and set up Hissy Fit Personal Training dedicating my time to helping ladies get fit, improve their health & over all well being. I am also a qualified Pilates Mat instructor helping others to increase strength, to create a calmness of mind & develop a strong aligned posture.
Running is now a massive part of my life & an essential element in my training regime. I truly love to see people get their runners on & get out there.
My aspiration is to encourage & help others feel the same about running as I do & make it an enjoyable part of their lifestyle!
Hi, my name is Niamh and I love to run!
I started running when I was 10 when my Dad threw me in at the deep end and entered me in a mountain race at the hell fire club. I must have liked it because I have been doing it ever since! I’ve come along way since that evening in my green cycling shorts though. I completed a diploma in Leisure Management and Fitness Instruction and then went on to do a degree in Sports Therapy. After this I hit the road and did a few years travelling and working as a massage therapist and in injury clinics. My travels all revolved around my other passion, snowboarding, however my runners always came too and I enjoyed plenty of snowy runs on my travels.
On my return to Ireland I got back into running properly and have completed many half marathons including, Dingle, Connemara, Cliffs of Mohar, Dublin, Waterford, Achill ,the Dublin mountain plod and the Wicklow Way trail. I have struggled through the Dublin marathon a couple of times too. My main passion is in mountain and trail running and I spend a lot of my free time running/dying up the mountains. I have completed the Irish mountain running association summer league many times and the Leinster championship last summer.
I am a qualified and experienced Sports Therapist, this involves doing massage, diagnosis and rehabilitation of injuries. I work with a friend of mine out of a clinic in Base2Race, Ballymount. I am always trying to update my qualification as the industry changes all the time and I have recently completed a course in strength and conditioning.
I believe nothing clears your head better than a good run, whatever pace you run at and if you can have a chat at the same time,sure it’s like a therapy session! I’m really looking forward to helping others on the road to achieving their running goals and having a good chat on the way round!
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