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Many people wonder why you need a ‘learn to run’ course and I guess I can see why you might think that if you’re a seasoned runner. Sometimes I wonder if there’d be a better term than a learn to run course for Running Made Easy because it is so much more. What people get out of it is not just fitness and learning how to run, in fact, that is not the most important outcome at all, they gain far more.

The majority of our participants are women who feel desperately unfit and unable to do any sports of exercise. They often feel that they are ‘bad’ at physical activities and might have tried many classes but failed to get fit. Many have also had some very negative experiences in various classes or activities. Most are absolutely petrified coming to their first class (but I guarantee they all leave feeling happy and good about themselves). Some of my private clients are so nervous coming to their first session with me that they actually get sick with nerves.

When I first started Run with Tina, I started with the idea of just getting people up and running, getting them to do their first 5k, kind of like the famous couch to 5k programme. This worked really well but quite soon I realized that there was so much more to this. People got SO much more out of it. My approach is different from traditional fitness classes. My main concern is that everyone feels good about themselves, absolutely everyone, must leave the class feeling good about themselves. This is the one thing I, or none of our instructors, would never ever compromise on.

I have joined various classes over the past few years but none come close to being as special as Run with Tina – a Running Made Easy participant

I noticed that because of this, through the 8 weeks that people spent with me, the transformation in them was so much bigger than just their fitness. Of course they got fitter in the process but the best thing was that they get more confident, happier, livelier, more positive… I could see they started walking taller, talking about more positive things, they’d get new jobs, dates, opportunities…. Previously stressed and insecure people started radiating happiness and confidence.

I originally wanted to do this course so that I would have a convenient way to lose weight and now I do, but what I never expected was how much it would seep into other areas of my life!  I find myself more confident, more focused and definitely much calmer and happier than I was 8 weeks ago. – Heather

As I realised how this course could help people feel better about themselves in so many ways I developed some materials to support this (people get these through weekly emails, talks from their instructors or sometimes handouts). In 2015 it’s my mission to add to these materials as I really believe that this transformation, learning to be a bit happier with yourself, is the best thing you can get out of Running Made Easy, it is what makes our classes so popular and different to others and it is also what makes it easy for you to keep up your new lifestyle. I also believe that this is what women really need right now!

I have suffered from terrible anxiety for a long time. One the 19th August I began Running Made Easy Online. Today I had an MRI. I am terrified of MRIs. But thanks to my confidence that I have found through your programmes, I was able to go through with it. The work you do is fantastic. Not just for women’s physical health but for mental health as well. – Jo

This is why so many of our participants credit us for changing their lives (or starting them on that path) and why our courses are so popular. This is  why I want to work hard to reach more and more women because knowing the difference my course makes in the lives of so many women is not only inspirational and motivating for me, but it also makes me feel like I have to keep on doing this, for those women.

Here’s to a good 2015 x

(you can find our 2015 schedule for classes in Dublin, London and online here)


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