How to Run…

May 6, 2014

Running is not something that comes naturally to me or your regular couch potato. I found this video about running however, by Taylored Personal Training and Running Groups based in Sheffield and had to share it.

The man in the video is Adam Taylor – he’s my new hero. A local personal trainer and running enthusiast, Adam really inspires me to run outside in the sunshine, with the wind through my curly hair – it could just be the music in the video but I’m pretty sure it’s the look of Adam that makes me want to look like a lean, mean, running machine.


Taylored Personal Training organises running groups all over Sheffield, which seem to be well attended. Going for a run used to be thought of as quite a solitary sport (by me primarily), something for us miserable couch-potatoes to dip in and out of with little effect. However, the more I’ve looked into it, the more I’ve realised that running groups are where you can make friends, get fit and go at your own (slow) pace. No-one cares if you’re the one at the back – if you’re the slowest, you’re the one who is celebrated for making the effort just to run in the first place. This could be my new niche. Until I find my next challenge.

Using running as a method to help people get fit sounds like a great plan and I’m all over it like a rash. I hope by me writing this, you, the reader, will take steps to get out running. Here’s a checklist of actions:

  • Stand up and take a step away from your sofa.
  • Turn off the TV.
  • Bend over as though your stretching.
  • Walk to the front door.
  • Apply shoes that could be identified as trainers or running shoes.
  • Put a sweatband around your head.
  • Take a deep breath in.
  • Walk out of your door (and lock it if you’re safety conscious).
  • Jog up your drive.
  • Stop. Breathe. Rub your stitch – it helps.
  • Jog a bit further until you’re out of breath. Stop. Walk a little further and return home.
Disclaimer: Sensible people will obviously not follow the instructions above, which are meant for humor purposes only. Seek advice from a medical professional before taking up any form of exercise. Also, find someone like Adam Taylor who is suitably qualified to tell you how to run. Run, run, run…


I’m off out for a run. See you later.

You can find Adam’s website and details about running groups here:

Taylored Personal Training