into running

what gave you that kick up the bum

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10/12/2009 at 05:04

i would be interested to hear how you got into running

i my self always did a lot of cross country at school but stopped when i left but the one thing i have always wanted to do is  a full marathon a life's ambition yoy might say

 but you know what it's like  always seem to be saying i'll do it next year then believe it or not at the start of last year we wached run fat boy run on dvd and i got to thinking that next years were geting fewer and i was getting older and the body was beging to fall apart and if i didn't do it now i may never get there

 so basically got back into running due the that one dvd

10/12/2009 at 05:55
I always enjoyed watching and taking part in it . It was the sport I was good at  at school and my PE Teachers encouraged me to join a club and to take up the sport .
10/12/2009 at 06:13

My gym was entering a relay team into the belfast marathon and I volunteered for the 4.7 mile leg of it.

That was my first experience or road running... 6 weeks later I id my first half marathon (2006) and I just kept it up from there.

Edited: 10/12/2009 at 06:18
10/12/2009 at 08:37

I went to support my girl friends brother in a 3 marathons over 3 days event and then a few months later do a 50 mile ultra. I thought it was amazing that anyone could actually do things like that and it inspired me to get off my lazy backside and give it a go.

 I started with an 8 week plan to get up to running for 30 minutes. After feeling really happy about completing that, I just carried on going.

10/12/2009 at 08:49
It started with a 'significant' biirthday.  In the run up to his, my boss gave up alcohol, meat, smoking etc etc in a bid to get his weight back to where it had been 10 years previously.  I decided there had to be an easier way and started to run!
10/12/2009 at 09:07
A suspected heart attack at 30 and being morbidly obese did the trick for me!!!!
10/12/2009 at 09:16
my ever growing stomach and cause I finaly could. I had a small car accident which caused many problems and ended any sports for me. Till after 5 years of varous therapies and hard work I could finaly do what I had spent so many years watching and wishing - the London Marathon - and I did.
10/12/2009 at 09:47

Gave up smoking - got fat but discovered I could do bouts of exercise (chasing the kids, etc.) and not feel completely f*&%ed for half an hour afterwards.

Lost weight when I realised how fat I'd got, then got a dog and that was it.

Absolutely hated running when I was at school, so quite a turnaround!

10/12/2009 at 09:53
Found that running took away a lot of the stress I was getting from revising for my A-levels. After a run I found my head was a lot clearer instead of buzzing with whatever I'd revised that day - actually let me get to sleep! Have struggled to get consistency in my running and end up taking a few weeks break, just due to good surf conditions, but I intend to really get in to it when I hit Uni next year

Is it worrying I've already looked at the 4Deserts series
10/12/2009 at 10:04
It was January 2008, I was playing in a Rugby 7's tournament in April, so I decided to run a bit to help out when playing in that. 20 minutes on the treadmill 3/4 times a week until after the tournament, then started doing a bit more over the summer, before starting seriously at the start of this year.
10/12/2009 at 10:05

What gave me the kick up the bum - quite simple really.  Liverbird!!!!

10/12/2009 at 10:52

Cheering my sister on at a race 4 life and thinking ... I could do that!

10/12/2009 at 11:29

I always hated running and avoided it like the plague. This didn't stop my "friend"  entering me for race for life.

I figured once I was signed up I may as well do it properly so I embarked upon a beginner 5k programme. 

10/12/2009 at 11:51

I ran at school, and was good enough to win the 800m & 1500m at sports day and the annual cross country race, but I never actually did any specific training for it, I just turned up and ran. I occasionally went to the county cross country trials and got blown away by the proper athletes, but nobody ever encouraged me to take it seriously. I knew that I got better the further the distance – at 16 I ran round a 20 mile sponsored walk in the Shropshire hills in around 2:50 having done no training at all, but I didn’t realise that was actually pretty good – there was no internet in those days to look things up. Then when I left school I just stopped running. 

Go forward 22 years and I’m a slightly overweight 40 year old doing no exercise. I’d been saying to myself since age 16 that one day I’d do a marathon, but I’d never actually done anything about it. Quite by chance one day I discovered that my wife had entered the Great North Run. This came as a complete surprise as she had never shown any inclination towards running, or indeed to any exercise at all, and to cap it all she has knees that you can hear grinding when she goes up and down stairs! I decided that if she was doing it then I needed to do it as well. Entries were long closed, but fortunately I was contracting at the main sponsor at the time, so managed to get a place through them.  

My first run at the end of June 2003 was 2.5 miles, which to my surprise I got through without stopping. I did a few more runs up to 4 miles then decided to join my local club as I knew I needed help. The wife meantime did a couple of sessions with the Running Sisters before realising that she is not a runner and that her knees simply wouldn’t take it. I was hoping to break 2 hours at the Great North Run, but I started way too far back and ended up with 2:08:54. The important thing though was that I had discovered something I really enjoyed doing – I’d truly caught the running bug. 

Six years on I’m running 1:30 for a half and very close to a Good For Age marathon time. And I’m chairman of the running club.

Edited: 10/12/2009 at 11:52
10/12/2009 at 11:52
P.E. teacher told me to go and join Notts AC when she saw I could run 100m pretty quick. 5-6 years later....
10/12/2009 at 12:51

Did X-country at school, up to County level.HATED it but was dragged by my Dad. Gave up as soon as I could. Started again a year ago at 26, really wish I'd never stopped. That probably applies to quite a lot of people!

10/12/2009 at 15:03
Did cross country at school, and prefered running to team sports and 25 years later i'm still running though i prefer longer distances these days.
10/12/2009 at 19:58

Had cervical cancer last year. For a few weeks I didn't know if it had spread or not and decided that if I got through it I'd start looking after myself better.

Lose weight, get fit and make the best of my life.

10/12/2009 at 20:34

A work colleague asked if I fancied running a 10k - when I stopped laughing and picked myself up off the floor I pointed out that I couldn't run for  5 minutes never mind a 10k - then I began to wonder why not.

 That was July and have done a couple of 10ks and will be in half mara in Feb 

10/12/2009 at 20:39
I was fat and running was the only thing that made sense to me in order to lose weight.
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