For progressing from walking to running, initially we would advise you to start easy. If you have any medical concerns before starting to run, speak to your GP.

Start by running at a speed that you could talk easily enough as you're running. For the first few weeks it may feel like you're not getting anywhere and you should feel like you're running too slow, this is the correct way to do it, if you're out of breath when you finish and it takes you a few minutes to recover your breath then you're running too fast and you may get injured. Try to get up to a few miles without stopping over the next number of weeks.

There are many online resources to help you but training with a group is always a great option. DSD run a couch to 5k program in March each year and recent graduates have even progressed to training for the Women’s Mini Marathon in June.

We commence training for the Women's Mini Marathon in early April (Men & Women welcome), so we might suggest that you get in touch now and then start out on running easy until the end of March (or joining the couch to 5k progam) then come and join with us for the training sessions for the Women's Mini Marathon and let the WMM be a target for you to June. (Gents we’ll give you a target of a similar 10km race around that time.)

If you'd prefer to just get straight into it and don't mind being left on your own once we start running then feel free to come along to the club. You can get a lot out of being involved with the group by chatting and stretching before and after running. It really motivates! Check out the details of the Adult Meet & Train group for more information.