I am a thirtysomething mum with a passion for female fitness. I was never sporty at school, hated team sports, felt self-conscious and could never find a starting point. At the age of 21, I joined a gym and started running….and I've never stopped! After running 10Ks, half-marathons and marathons for the past 10 years including Dublin, Belfast, New York and Manchester, I decided to undertake the Dingle 50 mile Ultramarathon in September 2013 aiming for a 9 hour finish and completed in 8 hours29 minutes – my proudest fitness achievement to date and seeing my husband and 2.5 year old waiting for me at the finish line.
During my pregnancy and following the birth of my daughter, I felt very passionate about following a healthy fitness regime to help me maintain and regain my fitness level. Pregnancy, and being a mummy are amazing experiences, however I experienced complications during birth and this slowed down my recovery. Gentle and regular exercise during this time, helped me to regain a sense of self, feel better about my changing body, set new personal goals, provided valuable me time to feel like me again.
As women, we often juggle careers and family life. With so many commitments and responsibilities, it is not always easy to find the time for fitness. I feel very strongly that every woman should enjoy their exercise regime and find a class / schedule that fits their busy lifestyle. This is at the heart of Vie Fit. The classes are designed to maximise the time you have available to achieve the results you want.
If you can't run, then walk. And if you can't walk, then crawl. Do what you have to do. Just keep moving forward and never, ever give up.
Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner
Never set limits, go after your dreams, don't be afraid to push the boundaries. And laugh a lot - it's good for you!
If you think you can't, you won't, and if you think you can, you will.
Kellie Wells, 2011 USA indoor and outdoor 100m hurdles champion
I don't stop when I'm tired. I only stop when I'm done ...