How Jess got into running

On getting inspired by my mum, my trainers - and running with other people. And why it gets easier...

If she can do it, I can do it...

I was inspired to start running because my mum ran a half marathon. She's definitely not a natural runner but I thought 'if she can do it, why can't I?'

Getting hooks on events

I'd participated in a few Race for Life events and really enjoyed the buzz and atmosphere. I ran my first 10km race in 2015 and have been hooked ever since. I ran my first half marathon at Silverstone in March 2016 and has the BEST time, the atmosphere was just amazing, so much support and like minded people!

New trainers = inspiration to get out of the door :-)

I found it difficult (and still do) to find motivation to get up and go out, especially when I'm not training for a race. I bought myself an expensive pair of trainers when I started running so I had to wear them, otherwise they were a waste of money! I try to run 3 times a week, so Run for Your Life helps with one of these.

My advice - keep going, it gets easier!

Running with a group motivates me to go out, the encouragement from others is great. Run for Your Life is a great group, run by volunteers who spend their evenings with us for fun! My advice for someone getting into running; keep going, don't give up. It gets easier!