In this article Mary asks you to take a few minutes of your day outdoors and see the difference it makes to your day. This article was first published in The Irish Times on 31st Jan 2017. You can read the full article online here.
In this article Mary asks you to take a few minutes of your day outdoors and see the difference it makes to your day. This article was first published in The Irish Times on 31st Jan 2017. You can read the full article online here.
In this article Mary asks her running students about their love of running. This article was first published in The Irish Times on 14th Feb 2017. You can read the full article online here.
In this article Mary talks about stepping away from New Year Resolutions and taking the year one month at a time This article was first published in The Irish Times on January 3rd 2017. You can read the full article online here.
In this article Mary talks about staying fit and healthy as pregnancy moves into the 2nd trimester and body shape (and energy) changes. This article was first published in The Irish Times on January 17th 2017. You can read the full article online here.
It’s here. Due to popular demand, we have found a super location for our relaxed running weekend less than 2 hours from Dublin. Based in the picturesque village of Kinnitty in Co. Offaly, this running getaway with bring you to foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains with miles of parklands, castles and (a few) hills
Here are our 5 most read pieces from the year gone by. We hope you like them. 1. Pregnancy – Endurance training of a different kind The surprisingly similarities between pregnancy and training for a marathon. Read Article. 2. Tips for Looking After your Running Shoes How to select the best shoes for your body
In this article Mary talks about staying fit and healthy during your pregnancy and where to start with any fitness plan. This article was first published in The Irish Times on December 13th 2016. You can read the full article online here.
Here is what’s happening in 2017 at Forget The Gym: Coaching Team : Mary returns from maternity leave to lead classes and workshops, while Aoife winds down towards her maternity leave. Anne continues to teach classes while keeping us updated on all her ultra running plans. Beginners Running Classes – Our original 8 week course
By the time December comes around, our weekends are jam packed with celebrations with family and friends and days hitting the shops to pick up gifts. What better way to de-stress and detox from it all than entering into one of the many festive runs. Jingle bells 5k Other than a slight incline at the
In this weeks Health and Fitness segment Mary talks about making the most out of running during the festive season to balance out all the over indulging. This article was first published on 29th November in The Irish Times. You can read the full article online here.
Not sure what to buy the runner in your life this Christmas ? Buy a gift voucher from ForgetTheGym which can be redeemed anytime in 2017. Here are some ideas of what you can get with your gift voucher : For the new runner : Eur 90 : Beginners Running Classes 8 Week Term. (1
Its’s cold, it’s dark most of the time the excuses are endless. However if you are signed up to something there is all the more reason to get out the door and do your training. Mo Run This 5k and 10k run taking place in the phoenix park is a great opportunity to raise awareness for men’s
Dublin Marathon takes place Sunday 30th October. We are so excited for everyone taking part. We will be out on the streets shouting and cheering along all our marathon training group and everyone else as they take on the 26.2 miles. Sneak preview of our posters… Here is one of our many posters which will
Let me say, even I woke up nervous this morning. I know its not til tomorrow, but I think most of us have been dreaming about the marathon this weekend. It is 100% normal to feel a bit anxious today. Its also a day where you probably don’t have a lot planned, so you have
Arriving at the Dublin Marathon Race Expo is the moment where it hits you. The marathon is real. You are actually running a marathon this weekend. It’s the first sight of the runners leaving the expo with the race bags as you arrive in Ballsbridge, the buzz as you enter the hall, the emotion as you
So are you all packed ? I know it’s still a few day to go – but you will spend all day tomorrow thinking what you have forgotten if you don’t have a list of what you need to bring with you on race day. I have taken photos of my pre race list of
If this is your first marathon, you are probably already overwhelmed by all the conflicting advice you have been given this week. From the media, to your work colleagues, everyone seems to be an expert on marathon running. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the information. Its important now that you stop reading up
One of the real benefits of a home marathon is that you are likely to see so many people you know along the route. Sometimes you even see people that didn’t even know you were training for the marathon ! They are much more shocked than you are. Its highly unlikely your supporters will spot
It’s the time when all the doubts, nerves and phantom injuries all hit you with a bang. It’s ages since my last long run – I have lost my fitness ? What if my alarm doesn’t work on race morning ? What is that pain I have in my knee ? Does this sound like
We hate to admit it but there is a distinct change in the weather and the evenings are getting shorter. For some this means hibernating for the winter and retiring the running shoes. Not for us, its all the more reason to sign up to an event to keep us motivated. Dublin Simon Fun Run
In this article Mary gives us some tips on how to prioritise our fitness for a few weeks. As well as some information on The Irish Times Phizer Healthy Town Initiative, 2016’s healthy town is Navan. This article was first published on September 6th, you can read the full article online here.
Do you see a hill and run the other way? In this article first published in The Irish Times in August 2016 Mary tells us to embrace hills and gives some great tips on how to conquer the hill with alot less effort. You can read the full article online here.
September for many can mean back to routine after a long summer of holidays.It also draws us ever closer to those darker evenings when it is so hard to peel yourself off the couch and go for a run. What better way to stay motivated this month than to sign up for an event. Here
In this article first published in the Irish Times in August 2016 Mary tells us how we should be preparing every week for our long runs in the build up to a Marathon. Focusing on all the parts of the run, the build up to it and the recovery. She also tells us to celebrate
August brings us the last of the summer months of running and with many upping the distance training for Dublin City Marathon its rare to not see a runner on every road in Dublin. Although many still away on holidays there is still plenty to offer at home. With plenty to choose from this month
What a great evening we had for our coffee lovers run with Network Cafe in Dublin. All happy faces departing the beach in Sandymount. Our first stop was Merrion square where we used the beautiful surroundings to allow a minute of a plank fly by. Although we have run most of these streets before for
This practical workshop will teach you how to make the best use of your Foam Roller to keep you running for longer with less injuries. What’s a Foam Roller? A foam roller is a tool which allows you essentially to give yourself a deep tissue massage by loosening out adhesions and tightness in the body.
Here Mary tells us why its so important to set yourself up for success now for your marathon training. From getting a plan that fits in with your life and taking it all one week at a time. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in July 2016, you can read the full article
Pregnancy and Marathon Training are not all that different. Mary, having experienced the marathon training is now going through the pregnancy noticing all the similarities. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in July 2016. You can read the full article online here.
July brings us lovely warm weather (ahem, yes in Ireland – just look at the pictures below) and lots of wonderful running events. Here are a few of our favourite races this month. Docklands 5k A lovely flat route starting on the South Docks at Lime street and heading out over the Matt Talbot Bridge as far
Whether you are in your sitting room, office, back garden or away somewhere sunny on holiday, it is still possible to fit in a few exercises to help build your strength and fitness. Here are our favourite exercises you can do anywhere with no equipment required. Start out with just one minute per day and
In this article Mary Jennings explains about our favourite exercise the Plank if you only have one minute per day use it wisely. This article first appeared in the Irish times on 7th June 2016, you can read the full article online here. If you wish to join the challenge, you are more than welcome.
Mary writes in the Summer Ezine for the NCEF. You can read the full Ezine here. Article featured on Pages 26 &27. In this article Mary discusses the role of the coach in getting people out running, where the best place to start is and what tips and advice to give.
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Mary was on Ireland AM on TV3 last week talking all about how to make your running more enjoyable and comfortable. Lots of Chirunning tips and little ideas to help you get the most out of your running. You can watch the 5 minute clip on the TV3 Player Certainly a new experience to watch
We were tourists in our own city last night as we headed to Howth for a scenic coastal trail run followed by the famous fish and chips. We were blessed to be joined by a wonderful guide, Ger Copeland, head running coach of the local Dublin Bay Running Club who was brave enough to take
Mary Jennings might have all the motivation in the world to head out for a run but when it comes to swimming she puts it off until it is absolutely necessary. This might have something to do with the Atlantic rescue. Is her procrastination in this field similar to how you put off your running?
Dublin Masterclass Weekend We are delighted to announce that Gray Caws and Patrick McKeown are coming to Dublin for a great weekend of Reduced Breathing Technique & Chi Running Performance. Check out the details. Sat 2nd July : The Oxygen Advantage Masterclass with Patrick McKeown Sun 3rd July : Chi Running Advanced Technique & Performance
We often get asked where in Dublin to buy running shoes. Between running shoes and all those extra running essentials, there is such a selection of wonderful specialist running shops these days. Rather than have you spend your time researching, we have contacted the Dublin shops directly and asked them for more details on what
To all of you running for Temple Street Foundation, we wish you all the very best of luck in your upcoming race. As you approach your race day, here are a few tips to make your running feel easier and more enjoyable. These tips come from the Chirunning Technique which aims to make your running
Mary writes for the NCEF Ezine. You can see the full E-zine online here. In this article first published in the National Fitness News E-zine in May 2016 Mary talks about her love of the outdoors. She explains how she passes this on to all her clients.
June usually brings us shorter sleeved running tops and a break from all the layers. A great way to keep going throughout the summer months is to sign up to an event. Even if you are on holidays during the training plan it will make you bring the runners with you. VHI Womens Mini Marathon
Here are our favourite runs around Ireland this May. Lets start by kicking off the bank holiday weekend with a few events in Dublin and Limerick. Great Limerick Run One of our favorite weekends away is the May Bank Holiday where you are sure to spot a running chick or two at the Great Limerick
In this article first published in Think Tech Ezine in April 2016, Mary talks about the benefits of having a company fitness programme and how its not all about exercise. Mary give tips on how to create a successful Wellness programme to suit your company’s requirements. You can read the full Ezine here. Article on
Most of us would rather an extra 5 minutes run than set aside five minutes at the end of the run to help the body recover after running. Avoid injury, help recovery and cooldown your body after your run by fitting in a few stretches. If you can never remember which stretches to do, or
We have put together a little handout for you which shows you everything we have on this year. From workshop dates to running classes, hopefully having all the info in one place will make it easy for you to get inspired. View and Download All Our Plans for 2016 Here’s to a great year of
Keeping a training log is a fantastic way to monitor progress and challenges along the way. I still have my training logs from when I started jogging (very slowly) and it is great to look back over them and remember the challenge/effort and sense of achievement I felt as I first ran 5 minutes non-stop.
Never believe what your body tells you in the first 5 minutes of your run. If you do, you will convince yourself that you are not made for running. The negative voices in our head complain, our breathing can feel laboured, our leg muscles can feel tight and joints might ache as we start running.
Mary gives us some great tips on what to do in the lead up to a race. All her tried and tested strategies to avoid any hiccups before the big day. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in May 2016. You can read the full article online here.
Mary talks with some Mum’s who not only run, but manage to combine spending time with family in those runs by running with their daughters. Gradually as babies start to grow up, many mums have managed to fit in a little time for themselves and taken on something they never imagined possible. They have become
Why should we do a wall sit? A wall sit builds strength and endurance in glutes, calves and quadriceps muscles which are all used every time you run. How to do a wall sit – step by step guide With feet shoulder width apart, sit back against a wall, lowering your bum until you are using
Why do we squat? Squats are a great functional exercise which make everyday activities easier such as sitting down or standing up and even bending to lift things. Try using this technique everytime you lift something up off the floor and this should help with posture and prevent back injuries from lifting. Squats can also
It’s the time of the year where many of us are feeling guilty that those new years resolutions have been ignored. But it’s not too late. Here is how to get back on track…. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in Feb 2016. Link to the article on The Irish Times website.
Fitness and Friends – A running buddy keeps you motivated as the miles fly by. You share worries, hopes dreams and maybe even things you wouldn’t tell your best friend. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in Feb 2016. Link to the article text on The Irish Times website.
Mary writes regularly on all things running in the The Irish Times. Here are a selection of her most recent articles : Date What Mary wrote about….. 14/02/2017 Valentine’s Day – Reasons we love to run 31/01/2017 There is something in the air – step outside 17/01/2017 Fitness in 2nd Trimester of Pregnancy 03/01/2017 Resolutions
Mary tells us how to look at what what we want to achieve and how to put a plan in place around this. Have you a training diary full of runs or is it just a list of excuses? This article first appeared in The Irish Times in February 2016. You can read the full
They have been with you on good runs and bad runs, sunny days and storms. You have probably spent a lot of money on these lovely shoes, more than you might ever spend single pair of going out shoes. From washing your shoes right to lacing them correctly, you can really get the best value
Mary tells us how a running buddy could be just what we need to get our motivation going. Most running buddies don’t even start out as friends. They meet in work, at the school gate, at a running group or race event. They start running together for that extra bit of motivation. Over time they
Everyone was jealous of the lovely hoodies our coaches wear, so we have decided to design some just for you, our Running Chicks and Chick Magnets. The Spring/Summer 2016 season brings with it our Brand New ForgetTheGym Hoodies. All hoodies pre-ordered in Jan 2016 are now ready for collection from 6th February. If you didn’t
Mary tells us how our running itself can be the reward of all our hard work. Calling yourself a runner. Realising the benefits you get from simply lacing up and heading out the door. Talk to any runner. They will tell you that nothing beats that post-run feeling; positivity, energy and a sense that you
Mary helps us set some realistic goals to simply move a little more in January. But its not only relevant to new years resolutions. If you have been inactive for any period of time, get up and get out today. 1This article first appeared in The Irish Times in January 2016. You can read the
The cold weather has hit, and its time to dig out the box of winter running gear and the layers and ‘Where did I leave those gloves?’ As the cold snap sets in its so easy to think of just staying on the couch in the evening and not going for your run. Here are
One of the highlights of the Forget The Gym calendar is our escape to Beaujolais in November for a run through the vineyards. Its certainly no surprise it made it onto Sandra O’Connels top 10 fitness destinations travel column in The Irish Times. This article was first published in The Irish Times Travel supplement in
‘A grand stretch in the evenings’ – all the more reason to sign up to an event this April. Plenty of mid week training runs and full classes of daylight, whats not to love about this time of year? So here are a few of our favourite races coming your way this month. Dunboyne 4
Be part of your own parade this March March is looking to be a great month of running this year with races almost every weekend. Not to mention the options of parkrun every Saturday. Why not join us at St Anne’s Parkrun on March 12th when some of our newly graduated Running Chicks will complete
Mary gives us some tips on how to get back into our running shoes after a long dark winter. You have to prioritise it if you want to feel the benefits. You have to make the decision that going for that run is more important than ticking something else off your to-do list. This article
What better way to get motivated to run a 5k either your first or 100th than a free one every Saturday in your local Park. Although parkrun is on all year round (quite literally some of them even take place on Christmas Day) we have decided to focus our efforts in February to this wonderful
Get inspired and motivated this January with our selection of our favourite races/events close to home. Tom Brennan Memorial 5k. The first race of the year is on January 1st, and despite the New Year celebrations it still draws a big crowd. 12 o’clock on New Year’s Day sees all the Lord Mayors Five Alivers & New Year
Sign up to our January Running Classes before December 31st and be in with a chance of getting your whole term of classes for FREE. How the competition works : On 1st January we will pick the lucky names from the list of people who have already registered. Each winner will get their €90 or
Almost time for our Xmas Lights Runs. To mark the end of our Winter Term of Classes, all 2015 students are invited to join us : Mon 14th Dec : Dublin City Xmas Light Run – Leaving Docklands at 6.30pm Tues 15th Dec : Dublin City Xmas Light Run – Leaving Docklands at 7.00pm Tues
In this article Mary gives us some tips on the best ways to motivate your self to get outdoors and get moving as well as some pretty good reasons to do it. Evidence is mounting that spending time outside will improve your energy, your mood and your mental health This article first appeared in
We are always being asked what clothing and gadgets runners should have. In truth, a good pair of runners and a good sports bra (for the ladies) is about all you need. But in order to make your run more comfortable, more enjoyable and just all round easier we have a few accessories that we
In the October / November Edition of The Irish Runner Magazine Mary was Interviewed along with 6 other Women working in the business of Running. First up Yvonne Brady of EVB Sport, followed byt Hannah Nolan of Why Weight Ireland and Catherina Mckiernan Next up Joanne Murphy from Tri Talking Sport and our very own
Have you struggled to get back out running after having your baby? Mums, it’s so difficult to find the time and the motivation to go for a run, so we have taken the planning out of your hands. What better way to get fit than with baby in tow. Come along and we will motivate
Where did the summer go? It has flown by, but thankfully we have so many lovely memories of morning runs, brunches, races, holidays, classes and fun times with the ForgetTheGym gang. Here are some of the highlights… At the Races In July we had a great bunch of our running chicks take on their first
This piece summarises what we are all about. Every runner has a different journey and different priorities. In Oct/Nov 2015, The Irish Runner magazine wrote about some of our amazing Forget The Gym runners : our Running chicks and Chick Magnets as we like to call ourselves. The article took a spotlight on Susan Brodigan,
One of the best tools to help you practice your Chirunning Technique is to use a metronome when on the run. What is a metronome? The metronome is a little gadget that you can set to beep at regular intervals. Each time it beeps, you take a step. The metronome is one of the best
What a wonderful story from one of our students Claire and her experience with Chirunning and her metronome. The Start: Three years ago I ran my first parkrun in Malahide. I ran it in 36:31. I was delighted to have run 5k non-stop and pretty pleased with my time. I then started to wonder if
Aoife is one of our running coaches at Forget the Gym, she started running in 2008 and has been hooked ever since. Only recently however has she taken a chance by leaving her watch at home and replacing it with a Chirunning metronome. Here she explains why. Dear Garmin, I love you, but…. For years
Run and Cook with ForgetTheGym We are thrilled to team up with Deeliteful.ie to host a series of Run and Cook Sunday Brunch events. Learn healthy and simple meals and snacks for runners. Meet other runners and enjoy a some time out with a funrun around the city, a 2 hour cooking class, lots of
Mary understands that not everyone can run, and indeed not everyone wants to run. She gives some tips on how to get moving and out the door for a walk. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in September 2015. You can read the full article online here.
As running buddies we support each other. We run and chat through our problems and worries. We encourage our buddies through the miles when we don’t have the energy or the confidence. Most importantly we get each other out the door on the days where we would create an excuse if we were running alone.
We are in awe of 5 ladies who have stuck to our daily challenge for 1 full year. Every single day they have completed the plank. Have a read of all their tips for keeping the habit, and learn about what motivates them to keep up the routine. Emma’s Story Hayley’s Story Grainne’s Story Tina’s
Now that we have completed 21 days of our 30 day Plank Challenge, apparently it should be a habit by now. But its not! I still forget to do it, and get annoyed when I have to get out of bed at night when I remember. There even was one night when I said ,
On race week the nerves get in the way and people do crazy things. So many of you listen to our tips each week at classes and workshops but seem to forget everything a few days before the race. Don’t be one of those people. Many thanks to Coach Aoife for putting together these wise
Emma has been very dedicated to the plank challenge and one of our students who have done 365 planks in the last year. We asked her what her secrets were to keeping up the habit. When do you do your plank? I’ve a pretty busy work and home life, so the best time for me is
Una has been very dedicated to the plank challenge and one of our students who have done 365 planks in the last year. We asked her what her secrets were to keeping up the habit. When do you do your plank? The plank is first thing I do in the morning. I got into that
Hayley has been very dedicated to the plank challenge and one of our students who have done 365 planks in the last year. We asked her what her secrets were to keeping up the habit. When do you do your plank? I do my plank at 7pm everyday while I’m watching Hollyoaks on E4. Unless
Tina is one of our very dedicated online students who has completed 365 planks over the last year. We have never met Tina in person so she has been purely motivated by our Facebook challenge. We asked her what her secrets were to keeping up the
Grainne is one of our very diligent students who has completed 365 planks over the last year. We asked her what her secrets were to keeping up the habit. When do you do your plank? I almost always do mine at the end of the day. Very often hopping out of bed when I’d forgotten
Come join us this Autumn. We have more classes, new Run+Cook Sunday Brunch, festive Xmas events, fun charity classes and a running holiday to France. Something for everyone from beginner runners to marathoners, foodies to wine buffs and plenty laughs and fun while getting fit outdoors. Let us help keep you motivated this Autumn. Even
Here Mary tells us how the first 5 minutes of your run are always the hardest and gives us some tips to get moving and active again. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in September 2015. You can read the full article online here.
Come join us for our funfilled weekend of outdoor fitness classes on 11th-13th September. Open to Men and Women, let us help you kick start your weekend mornings, get moving, get outdoors and all while supporting Irish Hospice Foundation. We will be in Sandymount and Dublin Docklands with great options for beginners, improvers and everyone
It’s been one year since we started this challenge. We can’t believe how many planks have been completed. We have had planks after races, on beaches on holidays, with rugby teams, in Disneyland, at Base Camp Everest, on the Great Wall of China, poolside, in playgrounds, in parks, by the fire, at the Taj Mahal,
We procrastinate about everything in our life and running is no different. In this article Mary Jennings gives us some tips on how to prioritise our running. ‘Running often drops down the list of priorities as no one asks loudly for it to be done right now. No one else suffers when you skip your
In June / July issue of The Irish Runner Mary is interviewed about her first ever Marathon. Mary talks about the setbacks she experienced before race day and how her perspective on everything changed once she crossed that finish line. You can read Mary’s thoughts on the run that changed everything here.
Mary tells us some of the benefits to running free. Without any pressure for time or pace sometimes we forget how much we love running as we are constantly pushing ourselves. Leave it all at home and just enjoy running again. Dont allow running to be another stress in your life. This article first appeared in
Is ‘run a marathon’ on your bucket list? If you can run 8k-10k comfortably and can commit to 16 weeks (4 runs per week) of training, we will get you to the marathon finish line; smiling, happy and delighted with yourself. Train with Forget the Gym for Dublin Marathon : For Dublin Marathon 2016, we
Our full schedule of Classes, Workshops, Holidays and Surprises. Let us help you get motivated and stay inspired all summer long. Check out all we have on this summer: Our Summer 2015 Calendar
Mary gives us an insight into what is involved in training for your first half Marathon. Realistically, you should consider doing a half-marathon only if you have been running 8km to 10km comfortably for at least six months, are injury free and willing to prioritise running for the next 12 weeks. This article first appeared
Your triceps are the muscles at the top back of your arms. We will show you 3 variations on this exercise to help you strengthen and tone these muscles. Some of you may also have referred to your triceps as your ‘bingo wings’! Level 1 – Knees Bent Have a look at our Tricep Dip
Follow our step-by-step guide to help you do sideplanks correctly and safely. Start out with Level 1 and only progress to the next level when you become confident and comfortable with 1 minute at that level. The Side Plank is a slight variation to the regular plank. This exercise focuses on the core but also
Follow our step-by-step guide to help you do lunges correctly and safely. Start out with Level 1 and only progress to the next level when you become confident and comfortable with 1 minute at that level. Why should we lunge? Lunges work on the major muscle groups in your legs, your quadriceps and hamstrings. They
Are you ready to move to the floor? Once you are comfortable at Stage 4 for 1 minute on the 1st step of stairs, only then should you consider moving to the ground. Be patient with these and take lots of breaks. It’s easy to do them incorrectly if you don’t focus on technique. How
Don’t tell us you can’t do push-ups. You can. It’s just starting at the right level and gradually progressing. There is a push-up level for everyone. You can do a push-up from the wall, on a countertop, on steps of a stairs or on the ground. Working the correct muscles in your push-ups is more
Whatever level you are at with the Plank exercise, you can adapt it to get a great workout in 1 minute. It is so important to build up gradually and slowly. Don’t attempt the more advanced levels until you are very comfortable at the initial levels. Level 1 : Plank on Knees Starting on your
Could you run a Half Marathon ? Join Mary for her ONLY Half Marathon Workshop this Summer where she explains everything you need to know to get you to the startline (and the finish line) of your half marathon smiling. Suitable for those training for their FIRST Half Marathon – Moving up from 8k and
I ran my first marathon 10 years ago today – London Marathon 2005. I just wish I had written a training log entry for that day. At the time I expected it to be my only marathon, a once in a lifetime experience. Somehow, 10 years on, I’m delighted and surprised to say coaching people
Moving a little closer towards the ground Only when you are comfortable at 20 Counter/Table Pushups non stop should you even consider moving to this Stage 3. In Stage 3 we use the 3rd step of a stairs as our guide…. Don’t rush into this stage: It is much better to stay at Stage 2
If you have lost your running enthusiasm Mary tells us here that sometimes a new route can be the shake up you need for a new challenge. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in May 2015 . You can read the full article online here.
Are you ready for the next level ? Take a look at our Counter/Table Pushup video which gives you all the tips for your Stage 2 PushUp. Let’s aim to do as many as you can in 1 minute. Take breaks whenever you need to. This is a big change from Stage 1 so make
This is a blog post by our Running Coach Anne Jennings who is currently training for the Connemara 39.3 mile Ultramarathon where she talks of her training and being on the other side of the fence as the ‘runner’ rather than the ‘coach’. The running steps to Connemara December 2014 and the FTG coaches get
Are you ready to get started ? Take a look at our Wall Pushup video which gives you all the tips for your Wall PushUp. Let’s aim to do as many Wall Pushups as you can in 1 minute. Take breaks whenever you need to. How to do a Wall Pushup : Stand 3
Most of us are a lot stronger in our legs and lower body than our upper body. We shy away from upper body work. But that’s all about to change. Don’t be scared, we won’t have you lifting heavy weights and hanging out of bars. Instead, we are going to start at the basics and
In the Februrary March issure of the Irish Runner our Running Chick Hayley talks about her experience with running and how changing her technique by coming to our classes has helped give her a new life with asthma. Well done Hayley, we are so proud of you.
It can be hard to describe what makes parkrun so addictive. Check out this most wonderful poem from one of our Running Chicks which really captures the spirit of parkrun. The Parkrun Poem The alarm rings loudly with a sound I hate Telling me to get up or I will be late But it’s wet,
As kids we had such discipline to give up chocolate and crisps for Lent. We kept our promises and build up pennies in our cardboard Trocaire Boxes. Why does it seem harder as an adult ? Lent starts today and we have 40 days until Easter Sunday. If you know you won’t last a week
No Time for Exercise? Surely you have just 1 Minute. You can have this workout done during the advert break of your favourite TV programme. No more couch potato. Lets get moving. Start small with our 1 minute a day plank routine and build yourself up to our 5 minute routines. 1 minute Routine –
Mary Jennings gives some great ideas as to how to keep your running going once you have reached the Milestone of 30 minutes. This article first published in the Irish Times in Febuary 2015. You can read the full version online here.
Mary talks about ForgetTheGym, how she started running, her plans for future, running holidays and the success of her partnership with The Irish Times Get Running. Mary talks more about her own training, running holidays and the community of runners at ForgetTheGym. (thanks Emma for the photo) You can check our the full text of
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Join us as we kickstart our 2015 schedule with some FREE Pop-Up classes this week. These classes are suitable for anyone who has let their running slip over the winter and need a bit of a kick to get moving again. So far we have a midweek and a weekend pop up class. Come along.
As always, we are always planning ahead, and wanted to share with your our plans for 2015 and give you an opportunity to suggest new ideas for workshops, classes and events. So far, here is what our calendar looks like. We are working on some other new projects which will be added to the list
Now into its 2nd year the get running programme with the Irish Times get some feedback from those who completed it first time. Taking a look at where they are now and how running has changed their life. If you are looking for some motivation to get started well worth reading these success stories. This
It’s the time of year when we have the best of intentions but are tight on finances after the Christmas season. Here are 5 things that you can do that are completely FREE whatever level of fitness you feel you are at. 1. ForgetTheGym Facebook challenge Join our ‘5 Minute a Day’ January Challenge to
Join us for 5 minutes a day this January to knock the Christmas season out of you. There is no point starting out in January with unrealistic expectations of what you will achieve. Start small and stick to it. Our coach Aoife returns to fitness after the birth of Baby Eleanor this October and will
Hayley’s Story What a difference a year makes. Hayley’s story is inspiring for anyone moving to a new location, getting motivated and in particular running with asthma. Well done Hayley, it’s great to have you in the gang of running chicks : here’s to the year ahead. “This time last year when planning my relocation
From the vineyard trail paths to the crowded rue Nationale at the finishline, the Marathon du Beaujolais is a spectacular of another kind. It never fails to surprise, to bring a smile to a face, to lift spirits and build friendships and motivation for another year of running. It’s a day that you dont want
So many memories, it’s hard to narrow them down, but here are some of the smiles, laughs and fun we had. Have a read of the full Beaujolais 2014 Blog too… Or a look at one of our videos : Our 2014 Highlights… Have a read of the full Beaujolais 2014 Blog
Need a holiday ? Our 2015 Running Holidays are now open for booking. We are heading back to Co Clare to the wonderful Cliffs of Moher Retreat Choose from 4 Days St Patrick’s Weekend in March, or a Week Long Gourmet Running Holiday in May. Very limted places on both holidays. Please let us know
Ooooooppps, the autumn has passed and its 3 months since we sent a ‘monthly newsletter’. From weddings to workshops, pregnancy to planking, marathons to media , we have plenty of excuses. Take a look below at what has been keeping us all busy…. A Running Hen… It all started early September when I got the
Mary is looking back over the 8 week Get Running program and encouraging everyone to reward themselves for all their hard work. Here is my final piece of advice. Treat yourself at the end of this programme. You could maybe invest in an item of running gear, go for a sports massage, or even treat
In the October / November edition of The Irish Runner Mary gives some tips on planning for the Marathon. Mary talks about how getting your head in the right place can help you get to the start line in perfect condition.
It’s day 60 of our ‘Plank a Day’ Challenge. What I have come to realise is that it’s not the Plank that is the problem, it is my head. I STILL forget to do the plank some days. Occasionally, I have had to drag myself out of bed to do it. On a few days,
Mary provides some tips how to stay injury free while continuing to run. At the end of this programme you will have run 100km. It’s time to look after your body. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in October 2014. You can read the full article online here.
Need a challenge for the Winter. Take a look at the upcoming races and events this Winter. You are significantly more likely to get out the door on a dark wet evening to go for a run if you have an upcoming race. Pick your favourites and we will be out to support at many
Due to some unforeseen events we are going to have to cancel and reschedule a couple of evenings on the week from the 4th November. We will add an additional week to the end of the term to make up for this inconvenience. We really apologise for this change in timetable, but we hope we
In this article Mary talks about running Mantra’s and tricks to help you get through even the toughest of runs. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in October 2014. You can read the full article online here.
In this article first published in The Irish times in October 2014 Mary gives you 10 tips to help with race day for your first Marathon. You can read the full article online here.
Mary entices those in Week 4 of the ‘Stay on Track’ programme with some speed training mid week and the challenge of a 5k. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in October 2014. You can read the full article online here.
What started out as a little bit of motivation to get us all doing our ‘plank a day’ on the 1st September has resulted on at least 3,500 planks completed this month. We would have been happy with people doing their plank in front of the telly, but as the month progressed, people got a
In this article Mary tells us the benefits of keeping a training diary from when you start your training as very soon you will have forgotten it all. I see it all the time: people have great intentions of keeping a training diary, but never get the time to do it. This article first appeared
Mary talks us through the benefits of scheduling runs and being accountable to a training diary to improve your running routing. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in September 2014. You can read the full article online here.
In this article Mary explains that no one ever regrets a run, once you lace up and get going every step thereafter gets easier. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in September 2014. You can read the full article online here. Mary introduces The Irish Times Stay on Track programme for anyone
Our Plank a Day Challenge has really taken off. 10 days in and we already have over 230 signed up, with well over 100 of you each day completing the plank. Are you one of them ? If so, well done. If not, Sign up here! Having a video to play to guide you through
Our coach Anne took on an exercise challenge for Lent of 40 exercises for 40 days. Not for the faint hearted, but we have asked her to go back to basics and she has now has a challenge for you all…. Can you spare just ONE minute a day? Think you could do it? Well
In the market for a running watch? Coach Lorraine has taken a look at her favourite Garmin watches. There are so many out there to choose from, making it hard to decide on the one that suits your needs best. They all provide the functions of recording your run with GPS, time, distance, pace and
It’s time to start thinking about your Autumn of running. Here are 5 Simple Steps to help you get moving. You know how quickly the weeks go by, so now is the time to plan what you want to do this autumn, and then decide how to get there. Step 1: Decide what you are
As our last class of summer term in Clontarf, we headed for Dollymount Strand. After two weeks of glorious weather and free classes all across the city, we didnt think it was possible that Clontarf could match some of the memories we had already created earlier in the week. Little did we know that at
It’s about time I brushed up on my Dublin history. Last night we ran past so many of the famous sites of our city, from St Patricks Cathedral to Dublin Castle, Merrion Square to St Stephens Green. Between all 25 of us, we still couldn’t remember enough history to sound remotely knowledgeable. What we really
Running and Pregnancy – You can read lots online but what better than the real life experience of our instructor Aoife. She has a great blog and will continue to add to it in the coming weeks and months. Here is her story so far… Can I still run ? In January when I first
Our weekend mystery running tour : Running is such an amazing way to explore – at home and abroad. Often in class we explore the city streets and parks. This weekend however, it was time to go slightly further afield. A running mystery tour to the south side of the city. 25 minutes away on
I started running 2 years ago with the main desire to keep in shape. I ran my first race, a 10 miler in September 2012 and was immediately smitten. 2013 would be the year I would run the Dublin marathon. The training really started early in the year with 5 and 10ks but running a
3 years older, but 10 years younger …. Last year I asked Nickie how she was feeling about her running. She turned to me and mentioned that it was 2 years since she started Forget The Gym Classes. “I’m 2 years old but 10 years younger”. That stuck with me – and one more year
Holidays are about rest and relaxation, for alot of runners our running time is our relaxation. So, Why not bring your runners along with you? In this article Mary Jennings give us some tips on how to incorporate a run into our holiday ‘routine’ and how to combat all the excuses we currently have for not running
If you are prepared to prioritise your running for the next 17 weeks you will be able to smile at the finish line. In this article Mary talks about the best way to come to the decision of running the Marathon before you sign up and before you start the training. You can read the
I joined Forget the Gym in 2012 and I signed up for two classes a week, Beach fit and Fun Run. I quickly loved the classes and then discovered the added bonus of the social side of FTG. During that summer I signed up for lots of fun runs and it was great to be
I was always quite active but was certainly not a runner. In fact I was pretty sure I didn’t even want to be a runner. Then I broke my leg very thoroughly in a skiing accident in 2002. The doctor casually mentioned that there was a chance that I wouldn’t walk properly again – before
Rosie’s Running Story : How I ended up peeing on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris in the middle of the day. I was never a runner, it wasn’t that I didn’t want to run, I wanted to but I simply couldn’t run. My early memories of running was taking part in community games as
Louise’s Marathon Story : It was in March 2012 that I decided that I needed to be healthier and fit. My brother had just completed the Dublin Marathon the year previous so he had inspired me to try running. One evening after work I went out and ran for five minutes. To this day I
Dublin Marathon 2013 – Emeline’s Story – “Last summer, I joined Forget The Gym, for the Dublin Marathon Coaching programme. Though I was running regularly, I was far from being confident in my abilities and I did have a “go with the flow” approach! No watch, time or distance goals, just enjoying being out
Mary gives us an insight into Chi Running techniques to help improve our uphill running and stop is avoiding hills during our run. Lots of runners approach hills with dread but by using your arms you can learn to enjoy the uphill struggle This article first appeared in the Irish Times in October 2014 you
Its hard to believe that 1 year ago Emma was a nervous beginner at our Clontarf Beginners Running class. What’s so impressive is her change in attitude, confidence, strength and dresssize, all thanks to her dedication to running. Emma is now truly an inspiration to our new students both in Clontarf and also at the
Many runners fear (or avoid) hills… They arrive at the top of a hill breathless with their legs burning. They spend the entire hill wishing they were at the top. But imagine hills feeling easy. Imagine looking forward to hills. With ChiRunning Technique, you can take some of the pain and pressure out of running
Its 8am and we have just finished our 7am morning class. 1 hour ago we were all half asleep but now everyone is buzzing. There is something about exercising in the morning that makes you feel that little bit more proud of yourself. You know it would have been very easy to press snooze on
During the get running 10k programme Mary hosted many questions and answer sessions online. This article went through some of the top questions on breathing, pacing yourself, and motivation. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in April 2014. You can read the full article online here.
A dream running weekend? My perfect weekend includes good food, nice scenery, a comfy bed, fresh air, good company and a chance to run and explore somewhere new. Surely if that’s my ideal, there must be more people who would fancy the same escape. For about 2 years now I have been talking about creating a
Join us for 2 fun filled weeks of running social events as a treat for everyone who look part in our Summer Class Term. The events are also free for anyone who has taken part in any of our workshops or private running coaching lessons this summer. Our 2 weeks of fun running take place
Where will your running take you this summer ? It’s time to start thinking about your summer of running. You know how quickly the weeks go by, so now is the time to plan what you want to do this summer, and then decide how to get there. Here are 5 Simple Steps to make
After the great success of The Irish Times get running programme John Collins introduces the next phase of the programme, Mary congratulates those that have achieved so much over the last 8 weeks and encourages more to come on board. Some lovely pictures that capture the moment of the first 5k and plenty more
Special offer on running gear. Do you need some new running gear ? Time to change your running shoes ? Looking for a birthday present for a runner ? We are delighted to say that Amphibian King in Ashtown are offering the following discounts to all ForgetTheGym Students, past and present. What is the Discount?
Yes, I admit I was a little nervous buying new runners.I have bought about 7 pairs of the same shoe over the last few years, and I love them. However, they have been discontinued, so its time to move on. Sob. I feel guilty, these shoes have been everywhere with me. This pair are my lucky marathon
Every week in class, I get asked these questions.. Should I buy online, in a sports shop, in a running specialist shop? How do I know I have the right pair for my feet ? What is the best brand of runners to buy ? How much should I pay for a new pair ? When
What a weekend we just had in Milan. Many thanks to everyone who came with us for making my job so easy. Milan has both a relay marathon and a full marathon. We had 8 people (2 relay team) and 4 running the full marathon – a lovely group of 12. As none of us
ChiRunning – Taking the Pain out of Running As runners, we are often given well meaning advice from non-runners: ‘You shouldn’t run so much, it’s bad for your joints’. With over 40% of runners getting some form of injury every year, maybe they have a point. ChiRunning is a running technique focused on reducing the
The evenings are getting longer, the days are that little bit warmer, it’s time to get back outdoors. Let us inspire you with our upcoming running classes, workshops, events and holidays. Mary’s Running Retreat: Join Mary at her Cliffs of Moher Running Retreat in May. If you enjoy fresh air, good food, a comfy bed
Milan, Italy, April 6th 2014. Would you like to be part of a Marathon, but not run the whole distance ? Come with us to Milan, and on the 6th April take part in the Relay Marathon. How it works : In a team of 4 you will cover the marathon distance as follows :
We asked you for your favourite 2013 running memories.Thanks for everyone for your feedback. We have looked through all the responses and come up with your 10 favourites…. 1. Classes in the Heatwave A long summer of outdoor classes where we felt like we were all in California. 2. Saturday Mornings The Long Run
Mary’s Get running programme with The Irish Times was launched in January 2014. This article details why the programme was started and what it involves. You can see the full Get Running programme here.
Exciting times for ForgetTheGym as we are delighted to be chosen by the Irish Times to be their Running Experts for their new Get Running Programmes. Mary will be delivering the programmes Online – through video, weekly emails, and on online forums. The Beginners Running Programme kicked off in January 2014, and takes people from
I have taken a few weeks off running myself this December (and have survived surprisingly well), so much so, I think I could get used to this lazy lifestyle. So just like you, I fear I may struggle to get going again in the new year – especially with the dark and dreary weather. So
We have received your survey answers, thank you so much. Wishing you a very happy christmas, and here’s to plenty more fun and running in 2015. Here is a Sneak Preview of Whats Planned for 2015 At ForgetTheGym. We will add more based on all your comments and feedback. Thank you again. Mary, Lorraine, Aoife
It’s that time of the year again where we take our running less seriously and enjoy the buzz of the Xmas scene while running through the city. We will leave our meeting points and cover about 5k distance with stops along the way for exercises, but also make pitstops at the Christmas Market, along Shopping
Pat attended our Chirunning workshop early in 2013. Having spent many years running, he associated running with pain, tension and general hard work! How delighted was I to get this email from him following his Connemara Marathon in April 2013. A combination of several things made for a great marathon experience, well within my
Below is the story of Deirdre, one of our students. At 16 Stone, Deirdre decided to give our Learn-to-Run programme a try. It is hard not to be inspired and motivated by her story, her attitude and her success. So, sitting on my couch one night, surfing the net I saw an offer for a
From being a nervous Beginner in our Learn-to-Run Class in 2011, Denise has now become a ForgetTheGym regular at classes and events. From Dublin to Beaujolais, Clontarf to Paris, we are so proud of Denise and all she has achieved in the past few years. Well done Denise. 2 marathons down and thinking of a
I love Parkrun. As a runner, a coach, a volunteer or even just a facebook follower, Parkrun works. I would go as far as saying Parkrun the best thing to happen to running in Ireland in the last year. People think because I am a running coach I have endless motivation to get up and
Do you really struggle to get yourself moving in the dark evenings ? For the month of November, you can join us for our last 4 weeks of classes for 2013. November Prices : 1 class per week – 4 Weeks plus Training Programmes and Support : Eur 50. 2 classes per week – 4
It that time of the year again and we are all getting excited (and a bit nervous) about the week ahead.As a special treat for all you runners (and supporters) this year, we are going to post lots of Hints, Tips, Motivation and Inspiration each day this week. You can see the full details of
Our Running Holiday to the Beaujolais Wine and Running Festival is approaching fast… With 55 of the gang registered to go, it will be our biggest year yet. We are fully sold out with over 10 people on waiting list, so sorry if you have missed out this time. To read more about the trip,
Our Autumn Term is up and running (literally). If you have missed the start date (7th Oct), and would like to join us – no problem. Check out the Class Timetable and Send me an Email and we can work out the best class for you. This is out last term for 2013, so get
Many of you know Aoife as one of our very enthuasiastic, inspiring and motivating coaches. However you may not know the journey she has taken to become who she is today. Having lost 6 stone herself over the past few years, Aoife can relate to all of us who struggle with self-belief and motivation. It
Sinead joined our Beginners Running Classes 2 years ago. From her first class of 1 minute jogs right up to completing the Dublin Marathon in 2012 she has surprised even herself with her determination, focus and hardwork. In her own words ‘It made me realise ‘I cant’ does not belong in my vocabulary. A marathon
One of the most rewarding aspects of our job is witnessing how our students and coaches continually inspire eachother. This is Eimear’s story. The running journey is not always easy, and Eimear is motivated by our coach Aoife’s Story when she has her challenging days I saw Aoife at the parkrun at Griffeen at the
Most people who start out running have no idea how long a marathon even is. Mary was one such lady. You should see her now. Not only has she completed Dublin Marathon, but has since completed Limerick Marathon, and I have a funny feeling that wont be her last….. 2 years ago I began Beginners
You will receive our next issue of our monthly newsletter in your inbox soon. To find out more about what we have coming up soon, check out our calendar Many thanks Mary, Lorraine, Aoife and Anne (The ForgetTheGym Coaches)
In this article Mary is interviewed by one of our very own ‘Running Chicks’ Emma Kennedy about the how popular exercising outdoors is and how the move is now away from gyms. Who better to quote on this one than the founder of Forget The Gym, Mary Jennings. This article first appeared in the Personal
In the build up to the Womens Mini Marathon in 2012 Mary was interviewed by Fi0nola Meredith and contributed to this article about women needing to change their mindset towards fitness. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in May 2012. You can read the full article online here.
Forget The Gym is listed as one of the great ways to be active outdoors this spring. This article first appeared in The Irish Times in March 2012. You can read the full article online here.
One of our Running Chicks Norma is interviewed here about her experiences with Forget The Gym and a few words from Mary also on how Forget The Gym all started. This article was first published in the Irish Independent in January 2011. You can read the full article online here. re.
This article was written by Emma Kennedy who is a current Forget the Gym running Chick. It was originally published in The Sunday Business post in May 2009, one of Forget The Gym’s first official media pieces. Witness a different type of personal fitness BY BY EMMA KENNEDY ON MAY 9, 2009 Gyms can be daunting places for those
In the build up to the Dublin Marathon in 2007 Mary was interviewed by The Irish Times about women in running and how people get started with running. You can read the full article online here.