- Mary Kennedy
Self-discipline is the essence of top RTE news-reader,
Mary Kennedy's philosophy on healthy living.
Mary is currently toying with the idea of running
the Dublin City marathon in October and, in preparation, runs between four and
five times a week.
She reveals to irishhealth.com "I haven't
actually committed myself to running the marathon yet but I'm really enjoying
the training right now, so who knows?
"Some years ago, the late Noel Carroll had a marathon
training schedule published in the RTE Guide and I recently got it out of the
library. Basically, it encourages you to increase your distance by maybe ten
minutes a session.
"I'm actually finding it works too, there's no
great hardship involved."
Mary's endlessly healthy appearance is maintained
by a common-sense approach to exercise and diet. Having been a sprinter during
her college days, she has always maintained a love for athletics and, even when
not in training for any specific event, she likes to do at least three 40 minute
runs a week.
From October 2, she will be returning to our screens
with the popular Open House live afternoon programme from the studio in Donnybrook
and this, evidently, will curtail her running.
But Mary explains "my routine will all fall apart
terribly when the programme returns if I let it. But I'm determined not to.
If I don't run, I just feel bad about myself. Say, if I didn't run for three
weeks, I'd just feel awful.
"I'm a great believer in the connection between
feeling good physically and mentally."
Mary doesnt have a sweet tooth and, as much
as possible, her diet is concentrated around salads and vegetables. She reveals
"I'm lucky in that I actually love that kind of food.
"I get a box of organic vegetables delivered to
the house once a week with recipes attached for quiches, soups and that. There's
always some weird and wonderful stuff in the box and, because theyre not
cheap, youre certainly not inclined to let them rot.
"I mean one thing I would never really have eaten
in the past is spinach, but I love it now."
Mary hugely enjoys eating out with friends, but
prefers not to dine too late at night. She doesnt drink spirits or beer,
preferring white wine.
Aromatherapy is also part of her health routine
and she adds "I also burn the oils. To me, relaxation is very important and
I mean real as distinct from imaginary relaxation. I'm nearly 46 and just don't
believe you can abuse your body without suffering for it afterwards.
"I also believe that one of the greatest innovations
of recent times has been the water machines in work-places. I drink a lot of
water during the course of the day, much more so than coffee now."
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