It’s a common theme among the running community: ask almost any runner how they got started with the activity and many times the response will start with something like, “Well actually, I used to hate running…” or maybe “I was never any good at running in school”.

We are all guilty of this using such cliché, and for years they have stopped many of us from getting
our trainers on and getting out there.

The lesson to be learned from it, though, is that when you are just starting out running is hard, its difficult, and to be honest it makes you think that ‘there is no way in the world it could ever become enjoyable’. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a total exercise enthusiast or a couch potato on a mission to get active: if you’re new to running, it’s probably going to beat you up a little bit.

But, with a little bit of time and effort, you will start to feel like you’ve got this and start to enjoy it. However, you are not expected to do it alone. All of our runners, who hail from all over Wales, have been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Whether you’re currently a beginner like Portia, or a veteran like Richard, you’ll find inspiration in all their heartfelt and motivating blogs.