In 2020 Joe joined the Hissyfit team, to help with its expanding membership and training schedule.
A native of Templeogue originally, but living in Dublin’s city centre, Joe still returns to his routes to train with the Hissyfit team. Separate to that, you might see Joe training around the area to get his fitness up more, please say hi if you see him!
In his youthful days he always dabbled with athletics, but never really got into it properly until his late thirties. Joe found it a great way to stay fit and to be as athletic as one can be without the pressure; you get out of it what you want.
Fellow coach Steve introduced Joe to the Hissy Fit founder Maeve, as Joe got to know the team he became more impressed with how it helped those looking to get into running. The ethos is to slowly yet gradually build up their fitness and confidence, so that running is enjoyable. After receiving his level 1 certification from Athletics Ireland, Maeve asked Joe to join the team, and thankfully he happily agreed.
Having run numerous marathons in Boston, Berlin, Dublin and Limerick, Joe decided to complete shorter distances from 5km to half marathons. Joe now feels his abilities are more suited to half marathons, but like any runner, he might give a marathon another shot someday!
Over the years Joe has paced the Connemara half marathon twice, the rock and roll 10km and a number of the race series events in the Phoenix park. Joe enjoys the buzz of the day pacing; it is a great way to meet other runners and help those looking to achieve their goals.
Joe has a philosophy when chatting to people about running, don’t worry about what others are doing, focus on your running, over time you improve, everyone reaches their personal goals at different points, it is something he reminds himself of.