Don’t think you can run?

About ten years ago, I gave up my gym membership because it was expensive and just not convenient for me anymore. Instead, I looked into taking up running.

Like many people, I had never been ‘a runner’, I wasn’t sporty at school, and always did whatever I could to skive off the cross country PE lesson. During my student years I tried running a few times with my flatmate. Until then, the only exercise I indulged in was throwing crazy shapes on the club dancefloor and walking to the off license to take advantage of the 3 for £10 white wine offer. But every time I tried to run it just felt uncomfortable, my muscles cramped up and after a few attempts I gave up trying (back to the off license…).

But in my 30s running appealed to me again. I was working full time and paying high London rent. Running was convenient and free.

I made up my mind to give it a go and I credit this book with transforming me from someone unable to run for more than 15 minutes to someone who eventually ran the London Marathon in 2015.

Running made easy | Susie Whalley and Lisa Jackson
Running made easy | Susie Whalley and Lisa Jackson

The beauty of this book, Running Made Easy by Susie Whalley and Lisa Jackson, is that it starts at rock bottom. You alternate a few minutes of walking and jogging until, over time, you’re able to increase the jogging bit and decrease the walking bit. If you follow the plan you will end up running non-stop for as long as you want.

There are also loads of inspiring stories from people who have taken up running and the benefits it has brought to them.

I astonished myself when it dawned on me that in just a few months I was able to run for two hours without a break. You just have to start slowly.

Running appeals to many people because it costs nothing, it gets you out into the fresh air and you can do it anytime, anywhere with no equipment – you just need a good pair of trainers, and for women, a good sports bra.

If you’re interested but unsure how to start, this book will help.