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Thursday 21 September 2017

DJ Louise McSharry: 'I spent a long time thinking about weight loss, but not anymore'

Louise McSharry. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Louise McSharry. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

Broadcaster and author Louise McSharry is hoping to show that anybody can get into running when she takes part in a 10 kilometre race later this year.

The 2fm star has signed up to the Dublin Rock 'N' Roll race, which is set to take place in August, despite admitting to not having the best relationship with exercise.

"I'm not into running, currently. I had tried Couch to 5k a few times and I always found it too hard," she said.

"I suppose my level of fitness is below what the starting level of Couch to 5k is. That always put my off and I thought running is not for me.

"Now it's 10k, which is a bigger challenge, but I'm excited about it. I'm scared as well, but it's a good motivator."

The new mom, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in August 2014, said she is not interested in losing weight as part of her training and no longer frets about weight.

A thumbs up for the Rock 'N' Roll Dublin Half Marathon
A thumbs up for the Rock 'N' Roll Dublin Half Marathon
'Elvis' was spotted taking part in yesterday's Rock 'N' Roll run
'Slash' makes an appearance at yesterday's run
Around 8,000 people took part in the Rock 'N' Roll half marathon, now in its third year in Ireland
One punter enjoying the race as it passes along Dublin's quays
Irish runners running along the route
The race attracted a lot of international visitors
USA visitors take part in Rock 'N' Roll Dublin 2015
Close to the finish line as runners make their way through Phoenix Park
Live bands every mile as runners make their way around the route
Participants taking part in yesterday's Rock 'N' Roll half marathon
Runners rock along the race route
Tony The Loopy Leprechaun Rocks Rock n Roll Dublin Half Marathon
Participants taking part in yesterday's Rock 'N' Roll half marathon
Participants taking part in yesterday's Rock 'N' Roll half marathon
Irish runners Dublin's Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon on Bank Holiday Sunday
CEO Irish Internet Association Joan Mulvhill rocks Dublin at Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon
Participants taking part in yesterday's Rock 'N' Roll half marathon
Running group Sloggers to Joggers at Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon
Lizzie Lee was the fastest woman at yesterday's race
One runner is delighted to have crossed the finish line
Superheroes help rock it in Phoenix Park at the end of the Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon
Dundalk based band 'Vertigo' were one of many acts to line the race's route
Race winners at the event's main stage

"I spent a long time thinking about weight loss. I don't think about it anymore. It's not important to me," she said.

"What's important to me is that I feel good in my body. It's important to me that I can do what I want to do in my life, so I certainly won't be weighing myself. That's not what it's about for me.

"I'm really keen to build a better relationship with exercise for myself. I really want to get to a point where I feel better about it. They only way I'm going to do that is by doing it. I'm quite optimistic."

Last year, a total of 13,000 people took part in the Rock and Roll races, with people from 53 countries participating, making it the biggest event since the race series arrived in Ireland four years ago.

Among those that took part was broadcaster Ray Foley, who took part in his first 10 kilometre race.

"It was great craic. The buzz was brilliant and the other runners were great. Healthy people from all over the world," he told Independent.ie.

The volunteers were great. They were shouting encouragement all the way along. It was a really nice experience, not the drudgery I thought it might be."

A concert in Phoenix Park headlined by The Strypes met runners once they passed the finish line. The headline performer for the 2017 race will be announced in the months leading up the the run.

For more information, visit the race website here.

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