Why running? Well, since I started running 15 years ago, it has shaped the person I am – physically and mentally. Running has given me friends, confidence, energy, the opportunity to help my community and workmates, a sense of accomplishment, different experiences & views when I’m travelling, time to think & work through problems, time to listen to new music, the ability to eat & enjoy really quite a lot of food whilst maintaining a normal weight, and of course a good level of fitness. The fitness part sounds like a no-brainer, but the older I get the more I have come to appreciate the positive impact running has had on my health.
For reasons of balance, I should tell you that running has also, at times, frustrated me, hurt me (I fall over a lot!) and made me find a dozen little jobs that simply must be done before I can go out on that run I’ve been putting off all day!
I took up regular running by accident. I was going through a marriage break up and wanted to get out of the house in the evening, so I started going to a local gym. When the instructor wrote my free gym programme, I told him he could include anything in the gym except the treadmill, as I didn’t run. So of course, the first thing he did was put me on the treadmill! I started with a 20 minute programme of walking and running. I gradually increased the amount of running until I could run for the whole 20 minutes. Bit by bit I increased the amount of time I ran for, then joined a running club, ran my first race, ran a lot more races, and before I knew it, running was an intrinsic part of my life, one I have never given up.
Why Ibiza? I first visited 30 years ago in 1989, when I was 18. It was the year after the ‘summer of love’, the nightclubs were playing Balearic Beats and didn’t have roofs. I danced to ‘Lullaby’ by The Cure under the stars at Es Paradis, and my love affair with the island started. I returned 10 years later when I was pregnant with my daughter, and then 3 years after I came for my first child-free weekend away after my divorce. From then on I came every year, several times a year. I brought many friends and all my family, and in the end would come on my own, making new friends when I got here. As soon as I stood in the Plaça del Parc in Ibiza Town, I would feel I was at home. Of course, I love the weather and the beaches, the music (but these days mostly in the beach chiringuitos and not the clubs) and the food, but mostly I love the people here, wherever they are from.
As my daughter started to approach university-going age, I started to think about my future and what I wanted to do – living in Ibiza was top of the list. It was whilst on a Walking Ibiza walk in 2016, encouraged by the people I was walking with to find a way to bring my dream to life, that I had the idea to set up a running company.
As well as the City Tours, Trail Runs and ‘Couch to 5k’ running training plan, I lead a free weekly running group on a 6.5k and 10k route from Ibiza Town every Saturday morning (outside of the height of summer). Anyone who can run/walk 5k without stopping is welcome to join our running community here in Ibiza. Check out the Running Group page for full details.
I hope to see you soon!
Donna Warren, founder of Running Ibiza