Every run is a good run you just have to make the first step #SSEAirtricityDublinMarathon2017

“A few years ago, I got a call from the wife of one of my runners saying that something is seriously wrong with her husband. I assumed the worst, and asked what happened? She said, ‘Well, I came home from work yesterday and he was out in the garden mowing the grass!’ I said; ‘Well, I don’t think that’s bad’, but then she said, ‘considering that he hasn’t done it in two years there must be something wrong! Also, the other day he went and re-organised his wardrobe! That’s definitely not normal’, she said. ‘I don’t know what you have been doing to him in the past six weeks but please don’t stop!’ I have been competing in running since I was five years of age and I’m going to celebrate my 30th year in marathon running this year. I got so much from this sport that when I turned forty I began to think about giving back. Over the years people would say to me ‘Oh, I would love to run a marathon too, but I would never be able… I can’t… It’s way too long…’ It’s so sad to think people live their whole lives with this mindset. They start off with a positive thought and straight away they crush it with a negative one. I had to listen to this nonsense for so many years that one day I decided I would train people to show them that they can. I set up Team Carrie Marathon Runners and developed a programme that trained 721 people of all ages and shapes with a 100% success rate. I saw people’s lives change. I saw people who had been on medication for anxiety or depression set it aside when they take up running. I saw them building their confidence and self-esteem, they felt healthy and fit and they would bring that mindset to the workplace or to their relationships. I saw them becoming a better version of themselves. I always say, there is no such a thing as a bad run. Every run is a good run you just have to make the first step.”

-Team Carrie Marathon Runners got an entire town onto its feet and running. This is David’s story. What’s yours?

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