When did you decide to run?

The exact moment you actually put your shoes on and ran

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10/05/2007 at 08:31
Started in August 2001 - Applied to run FLM for my sins so thought I'd better get some training in seeing as the last time I'd run was at school - many eons ago!

Went onto a local playing field and ran for literally 2 mins and was shattered - persevered though and managed to complete London all in 1 piece.
10/05/2007 at 09:02
I was inspired by a works colleague who was training for the marathon.

I went out in cheap kids trainers - to run around a 4 mile lake in the rain.

I got completely lost and ended up running 10 miles back round again until I found my way out - doh!

Despite having to hobble around on my night out that evening - with a dodgy knee it has not put me off, I am slowly becoming an addict!
11/05/2007 at 06:15
I was motivated by Coe and Ovett back in 1980, plus my PE teachers told me I'd some potential at running after being 3 seconds off the 1st year Cross Country record.

My first ever 'official' training run was in Sept 1980. It was a 3 miler. 1.5 miles out and 1.5 miles back and I ran with one of my teachers who'd just started running.

I've been hooked basically ever since.
11/05/2007 at 06:18
1971, I had just started walking and as I fell I broke into a running stagger and WELL, I fell. I have been running ever since.
11/05/2007 at 07:48
Bout 5 years ago, around February I think. I'd had a few goes on the treadmill, then ventured outside in the dark about 8am whilst away with work at Haywards Heath. Couldn't believe the difference! Got about 100 yards and was knackered!

Left it a couple of months before I had another go, deciding to ramp it up on the treadmill instead. I remember thinking no way was I gonna pass the fitness test to get into the Police, I just couldn't do it.

Yes, I did pass it, it was held in August and went on to do goodness knows how manay half marathons and 3 marathons. Who'd have thought?!
11/05/2007 at 13:36
Just over two years ago now.

After having chucked the fags and gained more than a few pounds decided it was time to do something about it.

Dug a shoogly old treadmill - that my dad had bought and never used - out the cupboard and started short run/walk sessions. I gradually increased my training until I could run non stop for 20mins on the treadmill, then I hit the streets and caught the bug.

Lost 3.5 stone, competing in my first half later this year and still loving it.
11/05/2007 at 19:15
19 years ago I decided to enter a fun run to improve my fitness at playing squash. Turned up in a sludge green velor tracksuit and started the race.

And (this is totally PC-incorrect, but I make no apologies) there was a lady with a super bum in tight lycra, so I followed here for the most of race until exhaustion overcame lust.

I've been a runner ever since.
11/05/2007 at 21:19
2001 aged 47. My eldest daughter was on TV running in the London Mini Marathon for the Scottish select team and I entered the GNR after seeing her finish. Shortly afterwards I discovered the RW forum and I have been doomed since!!
14/05/2007 at 11:58
It was May 2002 when the Commonwealth Games came to Manchester. From then on I managed to lose and keep off two stone and I now train with a personal trainer every Saturday at the gym. Still not a fast runner - 47 minutes for 5k and 1 hour 48 for 10k. I can do a mile in 15 minutes and 20 seconds.
15/05/2007 at 19:40
Thirty-three years ago, aged 21, I had a bl**dy horrible boyfriend who later became a very similar husband (I had rotten taste in those days, but I was young and foolish). He was a homophobic ex-public schoolboy and we had a blazing row about my gay best friend moving into the flat downstairs.

In a blind rage, I put on some really unsuitable kit and footware, and ran as hard as I could round the local park, past all the drunks and the perverts and the druggies. My lungs felt as though they were on fire, and about to leave my body in protest, but I felt a lot better in myself.
15/05/2007 at 22:09
Lynne - did he become your husband?
15/05/2007 at 22:30
Yes - but you can guess that the marriage didn't last. However, my gay best friend and I have just celebrated 37 years of friendship by booking an gastronomic tour of Spain together this autumn. I'll have to run 5 miles before breakfast each day to work off the Rioja and tapas.
16/05/2007 at 07:38
Wow!! that's great - good for you and enjoy the holiday
20/05/2007 at 18:17
Had joined the Gym Aug 06 ( did zero physical exercise prior to that and have a desk job ) did some treadmill work ( once a week between 3-7 km's at a pace of 13kmph and the rest weights/abs etc and then on March 16th say an advert for the GB 10k running for Kidscape , went to Sweatshop on the 17th bought some running gear and did my ' first outdoor run ' in the pouring rain ...not looked back yet and am determined to raise my target for charity and run the race giving it everything Ive got ! aiming for between 45-46 mins ( current PB 47.57 )
30/06/2007 at 23:34
boyfriend of 6.5 years phoned from Spain to say it was over. cried in the hairdressers. she suggested a life coaching book, which told me to do something i've always wanted to do. took boxing lessons. have really good right hook :-) ran out of money for training, trainer joked "run a marathon instead" so I ran 400 yards and had chest pain....did marathon last year....doing my first ultra in 3 months....hee hee....
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
02/07/2007 at 11:32
remember the day? you have to be kidding - it was sometime in the early evening, as it was twilight-ish and Dad was ready to go for his run. So either late in 1960 or spring of 1961, because it was after my 11th birthday and well before my 12th 'cos that's when I joined my first athletic club. That's the best I can do.

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