Why do you run, Thelma Fitzgerald?

About Thelma

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I remember the morning Thelma turned up to run with MRC. It didn’t take more than one word from her for me to work out she came from Ireland, like myself.

Thelma trained with us when we were preparing for the Tobacco Marathon, even though she only planned to run the half. She would turn up for training runs, intending only to run 8-9 miles, and run 18 with the group. 🙂

When are you running a marathon, Thelma?!

Why did you start running?

I have always ran on and off.

What keeps you motivated?

Running makes me feel good. It helps with stress build up and clears my mind. Knowing how good I feel afterwards keeps me motivated.

What is the most important thing you’ve learnt as a runner?

Listen to your body. Some days are good and some days not so good. But you should know how much you can push.

If you couldn’t run, what would you do instead?

Enjoy being outside so I would walk or hike.

What’s your biggest running goal?

Stay running as long as I can and not get injured.


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