Running makes me feel fab. by Gill McKay

Here is my list of what I have learned as a runner and an Eagle since joining as a beginner in October 2017.
1: Running makes me feel fab. Full stop. It has been the best thing for my mental health – note – outside, not on a treadmill.
2: Running has been physically transforming. Not only have I dropped a lot of weight, but I feel so much fitter and stronger.
3: Running with others is super motivating. Hearing “come on you can do it” has really spurred on my old mid-50s body multiple times. Thank you Eagles for your constant encouragement.
4: Running is for everyone. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what size you are, what fitness level you are at, what speed you go at, how competitive you are – you can find your place in this club. It’s super inclusive and I love that.
5: Listen to your body to avoid injury. A trip on a pave stone pulled my achilles tendon last year and very grumpily I knew I had to rest. It worked and I was back in no time.
6: Listen to Wei Hei and Rob 🙂 – my coaches from my beginners’ sessions. Sound advice which I think has kept me relatively injury free in the last 2 years.
7: There isn’t ever a stupid question – the Eagles facebook group is great – a font of knowledge, generous sharing and inspiration.
8: Go to as many of the events and training options as you can. Mixing up sessions helps with endurance and motivation – and you always meet new Eagles.
9: Volunteer when you can. I have loved volunteering with the beginners and seeing others come through the same path as I puffed my way through.
10: Enjoy fab new friendships. I just feel so lucky to have met such great local people through the Eagles and long may it continue!