The run that changed everything….

I ran my first marathon 16 years ago today – London Marathon 2005. At the time I expected it to be my only marathon, a once in a lifetime experience. Somehow, 16 years on, I’m delighted and surprised to say coaching people to run is now my  fulltime job. How did that happen? Heading into the unknown 17th April 2005 … Read More

One week in the limelight

Sometimes it’s good to get out of our comfort zone and the week of the 22nd February was surely that for me. It was book launch week and after a (very) long time in front of a computer it was time to trade in the laptop and the running shoes for the high heels.  I hit the road to spread … Read More

Dublin Marathon – The view from Crumlin Road

I received this email on the week before Dublin Marathon last year. You will love it, especially if you are a SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon runner or supporter. It’s a wonderful letter and I encourage you to share it with anyone you know who is involved in the marathon. Have a read… Dear Mary, I was recently reading an article … Read More

ForgetTheGym writes in The Irish Times

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….. Jan-Mar 2018 A 10 week series of articles to support the relaunch of Mary’s Irish Times Get Running Programmes 19/12/2017 All I want for Christmas is a festive run 5/12/2017 How to run … Read More

Our most popular posts of 2016

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 and where to buy them. … Read More

The alternative Friday night out

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 on 25 women and keep … Read More

Your Running Shoes – Lacing, Washing and Replacing

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 from your running shoes by … Read More

Running Chick Hoodies

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 respond to our emails or … Read More

Witness a different type of personal fitness – The Sunday Business Post

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 seeking to get fit, but … Read More