My name is Caroline Geoghegan – founder of Run With Caroline. I started this blog in 2018 to share my love of running. I’m a certified running leader, running coach and personal trainer, and I help people become stronger and faster runners.
How it all began
My love affair with running started back in 2008 when I had just graduated from university. Following years of partying, poor food choices, nights sitting in front of the TV and a virtually non-existent fitness routine, I embarked on my very first run.
To say it was hard is an understatement. I remember that day so clearly. I couldn’t even run for more than 10 metres without getting out of breath. I remember thinking at the time how could this get any easier. My whole body felt like one giant, immovable lump.
I knew something had to change so I set about running more regularly. I loved how it felt to be in the great outdoors, doing something that was not only good for my health but for my soul too. I soon clocked up the miles and with them my confidence, inner strength and self-esteem grew.
My first half marathon
In 2011, I completed my very first half marathon in Cambridge, UK. At the time I had been running for just over three years so the thought of training for a half marathon terrified me.
I’ll never forget the feeling of euphoria when I crossed the finish line. All those months of training, sweat and tears had paid off. Fast forward to 2021 and I’ve run countless Parkruns, 5k and 10k races and half marathons.
Sharing my passion for running
In 2018, I decided to become a UK Athletics Run Leader so I could share my passion for running with others. I truly believe in the physical and mental benefits of running, and want to make it as accessible to as many people as possible.
I’m also proud to be a UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) and Level 3 NASM Personal Trainer.
In 2018, I also started leading weekly beginner and intermediate running groups in my hometown of Cambridge, UK. Through these groups, I work with many different people – those who have never run before to those that are getting back into running after a long break.
Bumps along the road
Despite all my successes with running, it hasn’t been a straightforward journey. In 2018, I was diagnosed with endometriosis – a painful, chronic illness that has had a significant impact on my life, including my fertility. You can read more about my diagnosis here.
I am passionate about raising awareness of endometriosis and showing women that even with a chronic illness like endometriosis, you can still lead an active lifestyle.
Although there have been moments of self-doubt and crises of confidence along the way, I am determined to keep up the running as it is my release.
Feel free to contact me at [email protected] or follow me on social media.