Why did you choose the RunVerity Beginner's Running Course?

We’ve been talking to RunVerity members and have asked them why they chose the RunVerity Beginner’s Running course.

“I was talked into joining the RV beginners course in March 2016 by my sister. I wasn’t convinced it was a good idea because I couldn’t run for a bus – let alone 5km! I have quite bad asthma and have spent my whole life avoiding sports, especially running!  It turned out to be a great decision though. The beginners course is really gradual but it’s great to see the distances increasing gradually week by week. The coaching was great to give us the correct techniques to help us improve week by week whilst avoiding injury. After 12 weeks I couldn’t believe I managed to run a 5km park run without stopping and the sense of achievement was incredible. That feeling has now fuelled me to run many 10km races, Great South Run and 2 half marathons! Running with the RV group every week has become a fixed part of my weekly routine and gives me the time to de-stress after a tough day whilst catching up with friends. It benefits my physical as well as mental health and now I think I might go crazy if I didn’t run! If I can do it then anyone can I would encourage anyone to give it a go – you might surprise yourself too!”

What prompted you to join the RunVerity beginner's course?

I didn’t actually join beginners but went in to a group taster session one Wednesday evening, I was very much a beginners though, only previously done a few sessions with another running club. I worked for a charity and my boss had signed me up to some charity runs- half marathons in Dublin, Lisbon, Aberdeen ( okay I signed up for this, it was my home city!) the Paris Disney weekend and the dopey challenge in Florida, before Verity I thought how hard could this be? How very wrong I was, putting the trainers on and heading out on my own was a disaster, running was hard!! I couldn’t run 13 minutes down the street, how on Earth was I going to get round the half marathons and marathon in Florida!! I needed help, I found RunVerity and never looked back.

What difference has joining this course made to you and your running?

Joining RV has quite simply made me go from not being able to run to running half marathons back to back and complete the dopey challenge in Florida, 5k, 10k half and full marathon over 4 days. I joined in May 2017 by January 2018 I completed 5 half marathons and my first full marathon. I would NEVER have been able to run this without coaching, I didn’t pick up any injury and most importantly it has made me less frightened of running. The inclusive environment of RV proved to me, anyone can run, even me. 

How has being coached improved your running?

I’ve gone from not being able to run 2 minutes down road to completing a full marathon within 8 months. 

What would you say to anyone who was thinking of joining the RunVerity Beginner's running course?

I would say, running isn’t scary, it is fun and the sense of achievement when you complete each run with the group is incredible. One mile is a long way, Verity will help you get where you want to be in a safe, friendly, inclusive environment while helping you push yourself to places you never thought your body would take you. 

I hated running, all my life I believed I couldn’t do it. My class mates at school
used to laugh at my awful attempts at cross country, but now thanks to Verity I can say, I’m a marathon runner.