Hi there! I’m Mags Doyle, been married to Den for 31 years, have two grown up boys and live in a village just outside Dunfermline in Fife. I’m a qualified planner and I’ve worked for the local council for the past 23 years. If asked who I am I always tell everyone I’m just me!
When and where did you start running?
I’m new to running, only started mid 2015. I suppose I’m the stereotypical female who put on weight, lost weight then took up walking as exercise. For the past 6 years I’ve been a powerwalker, everything from 5k to 52.4 mile ultras. Been all over Britain and as far as USA but after my last ultra in June 2015 I felt I needed something else. Suppose you ask yourself what next and my next wasn’t more walking it was running. I had tried running a couple of years ago but hurt my hip and gave up. Not sure what was different this time but I went out to walk one day got fed up and started to run. From then on I’ve never looked back.
What does running do for you?
I love the buzz you get from running even though there are times you can’t be bothered stepping out the door. I find it’s a great way to clear my head after a busy day or spend time with friends and have a chat. It’s a great de-stressor. There are also the health benefits that come from running. For me it’s about keeping fit and having fun.
Do you have any running goals?
I’m someone who’s always looking for a challenge and running’s no different. My ultimate goal is to run the Yorkshire Marathon in October 2016! As a new runner it’s a tough goal but I’m used to walking marathons so the distance doesn’t bother me, I just have to do the training and work on building up my energy to help me get to the finish line. Will let you all know how I get on.
What’s your greatest running achievement?
Two achievements I’m really proud of. One strictly speaking isn’t running but powerwalking the New York Marathon was a 50th birthday present and a dream come true (would love to go back and run it!). It’s a must for everyone, such an amazing experience and one that I’ll never forget. Whether you run, walk or crawl to New Yorkers you are all RUNNERS…still makes me smile when I think about it.
The second is the opposite end of the scale. I might be able to walk a fast marathon but when it comes to running it’s a different story. Started running my local parkrun last July which is a relatively hard route. It involves 3 loops including a very steep hill. Over the weeks I managed to run up the hill once, twice then eventually after about 8 weeks I ran the whole course. Might not seem a lot to some but for me it was a huge achievement.
What has been most helpful to you ?
Most helpful is definitely joining JogScotland. Running with others has helped improve my running so much, just having someone else there to encourage you and give you that little push when you want to stop or to do interval training instead of just going for short runs. I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’ve recently passed my Jog Leaders qualification and now help with the beginners group, passing on encouragement to others…love it!
Can’t go without mentioning DYRT. I’ve never been made to feel more welcome in a group. The friends I’ve made, the chats, the laughs and the encouragement from people, many of whom I’ve never met, is just amazing. Likeminded people helping each other along the way. What it’s all about!!!