Liv MacPherson - Saint Clair Half Marathon Tour 2013

I came to GetRunning eight months after the birth of my third child. I have never been athletic, but I'd had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to enter a half marathon one day.  The training seemed impossible to fit around a busy family life, but I was curious to see if having a running coach would give me the motivation I needed.

I signed up for the Out of Town coaching package, and at my first few appointments Gaz helped me to improve my running style (which was impeded by a lack of core strength following my pregnancies).

He then developed a holistic training schedule, which included Yoga and Pilates for my core, and we talked about the possibility of doing a half marathon within six months. Gaz took great care to ensure I didn't over-train or injure myself with my first foray into running.

For me, the beauty of joining GetRunning was that Gaz worked my training into my schedule so that it didn’t conflict with family commitments. He set realistic goals for me that were a thrill to achieve, and after four months training, I ran the Auckland half marathon.

I only ever thought I would run one half marathon, but running has enriched my life in so many ways. I recently ran my second half marathon and plan to run two more. The possibility of a full marathon hovers on the horizon  - something I would never have envisaged for myself. GetRunning has made so many things possible for me and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Liv MacPherson