Why Running is Rehab…

Do you find the thought of running the most boring thing of the planet? Do you find it’s just so unappealing and you’d never in a million years be caught dead running down the street in public? Do you think the high vis runners that you see running around the streets at night are totally nuts? Well those were also my thoughts before I signed up for the 2013 marathon. I’m also signed up for London 2015, woo hoo! And I’m also one of thoes converted high vis runners now!!

2013 registering for the Landan marathon!
2013 registering for the Landan marathon!

I would like to also express how I hated running in school; in fact, I think I detested it, with a passion! I ran up a staircase on an occasion but apart from that, you wouldn’t find me running for a bus. The reason WHY I signed up for the London 2013 marathon was because I was so bored with spending my weekends hunggover and wasting days being hungover and eating unhealthy food due to being hungover.

2013 - Mission complete & still alive!
London Marathon 2013 – Mission complete & still alive!

I think most people thought I was joking when I told them that I decided to run a marathon and I think I may have questioned the madness myself at times especially when you’re going from 0 miles to 26.2. That’s a fairly mammoth task. I started running for like 5 mins at the start and just built on that. I started training in November 2012 and then just built it up until the London marathon in April 2013.

Great Northern Run
Great North Run – September 2014 for MS


The reason why I think everyone should try running is because running is so much more than running. Here are some reasons why you should start running…

In love…with Running

It’s FREE – The annual membership for running is £0 everywhere in the world

It’ll keep you out of pubs – Not all the time but it will make you re-assess the amount of time you spend there if you’re going for a 20k run the next day! You’ll still have a social life but you’ll just need to fit your runs in around it!

Stress – If you’re having a SH*T day at work or you’re just generally having some internal rage, go for a run, you’ll feel like a new person on your return. It helps with stressful situations

New Year – New Hobbie – You may dive in a few bogs but it’s better than a hangover! Dedication to the cause! Oooo yeaaaa

running club
Liberation & Dedication & Bogs

Rehab – It’s free mental Rehab! I find running quite therapeutic and you have time by yourself to think about things and go through things in your mind all whilst burning calories

Great way to see a city – When I had to do 3 hour runs towards the end of marathon training, I think I saw the whole of London and discovered places I never would have seen from a bus or tube!

Weight Loss – This is even high up there on the reason why I love running. It’s just an extra added bonus.

Liberating – It’s actually so liberating when you get into the swing of things. Once you get past 20 minutes running if you’re starting out, you’ll then fall in love, with running.

So all in all, I think everyone should enter rehab! This is one rehab you want to go to!



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Jenny Conlon is a broadcast, freelance journalist, writer and fashion and entertainment critic. Her work has featured on the RTÉ. fashion and entertainments website. She has assisted production of RTÉ's Morning Ireland and The Business. Jenny produced and presented a weekly fashion and entertainment show Girls Talk Back on 103.2 Dublin City Fm and was Newsreader and Editor of the newsroom. Her work continues to feature in Irish publications such as The Irish Tatler, U magazine and The Dubliner. Jenny completed her Masters in International Journalism in 2009. She is looking forward to a jam packed 2012 where she will continue broadcasting and writing and being inspired. She will be modelling for a high street fashion shoot and plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.....

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