Do you have other runners in your family?
In my family we seem to come in two sorts - tall & fit or short and "comfortably rounded". I'm in the unfit camp, while my brother is the sporty one. I get support from the family, but there is no way on earth that I will ever beat my little bro in a foot race (not unless I tie his shoelaces together ).
As an example, I was challenged into running a 10k. Spent just about a year training and achieved 66 mins.
My brother went out running 4 times and finished in 45 minutes.
Yep, I hate him too!
My family share a 'healthy appetite' gene. So while none of us are couch potatoes, we're either active and large or extremely active and, er, less large! Big bro was a decent cyclist as a teenager and took up running fairly recently, hoping to break 40 mins for 10k soon. I'm keeping an eye on my nephew (6 yrs old). He joined me for my 10k race warm-up recently, nippy little fella!
Mum used to run when she was still able to. My brother runs. My dad doesnt run but does cross country skiing in the winter. My sister is a horse trainer.
I used to be the only one in the family who was fat and lazy in my early 20s..
Not anymore though
All my family are alcoholic chain smokers....
I am the black sheep
My brother was a great runner in his teens - county level cross country. Dad also did a bit of running with him, and, with my recent running exploits, has started running again. Both Dad and bro are typical ectomorphs - tall and slim (although bro had a bit of pot-belly before he recently started running again ). I take more after my mum - I'm 5'3" and more curvy; although I am by no means well padded, I'm certainly no Radcliffe. But my WAVAs are slightly above average, and I'm now putting more effort into doing some proper training to try and raise this a bit further!
I think that genes certainly play a part - had a similar experience to Helen Liz when I did a 10K with my brother a few years ago - but training can really make a difference.
LIVERBIRD wrote (see)
All my family are alcoholic chain smokers....I am the black sheep
*nods at BB*
BB - what's a "tall, but built like a brick sh*thouse" frame called then?
Not sure LB. I do know that the "short , but built like a brick sh*thouse" frame is called the Lou-Lou
My mum used to throw javelin for the county but I can't throw for toffee.
I'm half German. I know that's the real reason......
That and wine
i am one of five also and no none of my family are runners now (my granfer was in his day) or seem to bothered that i am,
this is changing as my daughter who is five has done two 'fun runs' a 3k coastal with me last year and the race for life with my wife this year. she loves running so hopefully it has rubbed off.
Nobody in my family runs or has ever run. My wife use to run but has never run for as long as I have known her (medical condition).
My kids run and it is because of them I now run. Perhaps it is not genetic at all and is more viral.
My old man used to run XC when he was in the navy. He also did events like multiple lappers of an aircraft carrier deck while at sea. There used to be (might still be) a race in the RN where they run to the top of Gibraltar and back down. Mother of Muttley does loads of country walks and the odd several lengths of the pool.
Does this mean that I'm of mixed-race parentage?
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