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I won’t let running intimidate me

Author: Chris Macdonald

Read Time:   |  June 3, 2014

I won't let running intimidate me

I won’t let running intimidate me

Laura Byrne may be a sports PR but she is also a complete running novice….until now. We at Women’s Running have asked Laura to not only start running but to bravely blog about the highs and lows for all the world to see. adidas will support Laura’s goal to morph into a runner by the Reigate Half Marathon in September. 

First things first, I’m not a runner. It’s something I’ve always wanted to get into, but not yet managed to achieve.

I’m a regular gym goer and like to think I’m reasonably fit. I do lots of fitness classes, but a busy job and social life means it’s sometimes a struggle to fit them in. What’s appealing about running is that all you need is your trainers and you’re good to go – anytime, anywhere – but, it’s pretty intimidating for a beginner.

In my role as PR professional for an agency representing sports brands, I’m surrounded by a team of people who all love running and are really great at it. They run to work, home from work and at the weekends, partly to stay fit but mainly because they enjoy it so much. I’ve been desperate to catch this ‘running bug’ but hadn’t really done anything about it until a meeting with Women’s Running gave me the final push by giving me the opportunity to document my journey on here.

Before I decided to write this blog, running intimidated me for a number of reasons:

  1. I’ve never been the most gifted sportswoman – at school I was always seriously average.
  2. Whenever I’ve tried running in the past I’ve managed about five minutes before having to stop because I’m so out of breath.
  3. It’s pretty much the most public form of exercise you can do. Getting out of breath and sweaty in full view of the rest of London is scary when you’re a beginner. At least two of my close friends have run into ex-boyfriends while out pounding the pavements…not ideal
  4. I feel like it can be a bit of an exclusive club. Regular runners love talking routes, training, times, splits, distances and races – all quite scary when you’re a novice who can’t begin to compete.

That said, I’ve decided this is the year I’m going to get into running. Both my day job and blogging about my progress for Women’s Running are both huge motivation to do this properly (it’s going to be pretty embarrassing if I fail). I’ve also been told that it’s important to have an end goal to work towards which is why I’ve signed up to the adidas Run Reigate Half Marathon in September, with some parkruns and a 10K in between. It’s going to be tough, but I’m determined to do it and will be documenting everything on here each week. Wish me luck!

Laura can be found tweeting @LauraEByrne

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Chris Macdonald

Editor-at-Large, Women's Running

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