School. Not good enough to play any sport, mainly because I was short and weedy, I did grow a bit later and I'm now 1.73m. Thus quite often I had to run cross-country which I hated and was no good at.
After school, no exercise other than walking (I don't drive,so I have always walked quite a lot) until I was about 40, when our first child was born. Did a bit of swimming or gym most working days for a few years. No running.
Changed jobs and did less exercise until I joined a series of gyms for a bit. Did a bit of running in my late 40s at one gym for a few months and got up to 7km, very slowly, on a treadmill. I got very hot and caused some consternation amongst the staff! Didn't enjoy it much.
Five years ago my wife and a friend started with a local personal trainer. They went outdoors and jogged between places. It was June so quite nice, light and warm. I was allowed to join. This personal trainer changed my life. After a bit I actually enjoyed the running more. My wife's friend dropped out, my wife was ill in January, so couldn't go out in the dark, cold and wet. Thus it was just me and the personal trainer so we just ran, which by now I enjoyed. By this time I was also running a bit apart from the personal training.
The personal trainer got me up to running 10km in the hour by late January. She said why not enter the Tunbridge Wells half marathon, which was a month's time? I said I couldn't run that far, she said I would be able to by then. I was wrong and she was right. It was my first race, at the age of 56, in February 2010 and I ran the course in 1:58. She said I should join the local running club. I said they'd be far too good and won't welcome older people. In fact she was right that they did welcome older people and I was wrong. The club have a few of us in our 60s, a few in their 70s who still race (one ran London this year), and indeed one member who's 82 who still races.
First marathon, Brighton 2011. 3:59 (very pleased with that!)
Second marathon Brighton 2012, 4:11 (OK, as I had a long injury so didn't have time to train properly, the last km was my fastest)
I then switched to P&D, 18 weeks up to 55 miles.
Third marathon Brighton 2013 3:32 (delighted, 5-minute negative split)
15 - Just get on with it! I did my first post marathon run tonight (7km). So annoying. I felt fine, Ran the last km at target marathon pace without trying! Can someone explain what went wrong on Sunday?
15 - Great report, and to have a real target only 3 minutes below the public one is hardly sandbagging. And very well done!
Shaz - No need to beat yourself up, 4 minutes over your target is a lot better than many managed. I was 9 over and am quite reconciled to it, mainly by friends and family, who aren't runners, saying something like "don't be ridiculous, it's a great time". For you and most of the others on the thread, there are many years to come for improvements and goals to be met. I think I'll focus on wava percentages.
LFR - I agree. My first marathon was nearly 45 minutes more than a good for age time. My second, a year later, 57 minutes outside. I switched to P&D, got a year older and the organisers made GFA time for my new age group 15 minutes easier. The result was that my third marathon was 12 minutes less than a good for age time.
Wenty - My sympathies with the knees. I'm so impressed you continued.