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We all have at least one common interest (keep it clean people). But I'm guessing we all have different reasons for taking up that interest.

I would like to know more about the people on the forum and ask that people post when they started running (age or year if your brave enough or length of time ago) and why they decided to do it.

As it's my thread its probably only fair that I start so...

I started running properly 4 weeks ago (July 1st at 6:20am to be exact). I have been fairly fit all my life despite a couple of years working in McDonalds as a teenager whilst at college (free food...mmmmm - NO! stay strong). I have run off and on with no real commitment for a number of years, usually broken promises to myself and involving no more than 2 runs before giving up. I have set a number of goals in my life and running the London Marathon was one of them but I wasn't going to do it sitting on my backside playing Grand Theft Auto. I have recently had a son (actually he's 2 now) and it sort of puts things into perspective. I lost my Dad 5 years ago to lung cancer and seeing his deterioration really hurt. He did smoke and drink a lot so in perspective it wasn't entirely unexpected but I was determined that I didn't want my son (and any future children) see me change in a similar way. I have never smoked and, apart from the occasional student night binge session during my McDonalds years, very rarely drink (once every 6 months maybe?), so it puts me on a good footing to start with. But that wasn't enough and I want to be a role model to my son. I know that the more active a role I can play in his life as he grows older, the more able I will be to fulfil that role. That was the final thing that made me put on my kicks and head for the road.

Anyone else like to share their stories?
 

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I love sharing my stories... so i'll post away, regardless of how many times people may have heard it before :p :lol:

I was always a sporty kid... I loved being outside and playing, I loved sports of any description and I was usually okay at them too (played in the school teams etc) - this continued right through primary school into secondary school and then my sports kind of took a bit of a hit. My secondary school was basically rugby in the winter, cricket in the summer... if you don't like it, then there's not a lot of sporting activity for you at the school. It just so happens I hate rugby (too much of a wimp) and I start to fall asleep at even the mention of the 'C word' So I never got to exercise that much but hung stayed skinny through doing a paper round and cycling to school virtually everyday from age 12-17. During these years my love for cars increased, and I counted down the years until I could drive.

Once I could drive, I bought my little Mini and the bike was barely ever touched. and so began the weight increase. Driving everywhere and spending my weekends binge drinking did me no favours and I could see I was getting bigger, particularly when on a night out we were running through town and I just couldn't keep up!... The drink, and plenty of fast food & other junk food saw my old 9st something frame get bigger.

Some years later... I'd finished my second year at uni and was about to start my third year (work placement year), I looked in the mirror, and stood on the scales, at 15st 7lbs I was the heaviest I'd ever been, in no way resembling my younger self. It was at that point sometime in November 2005 I decided I needed to do something. A friend and I had often mentioned in passing on drunken nights out that we should enter the local half marathon, so with that in mind, and the knowledge that I used to be quite reasonable in my youth, I started running again!

I could barely manage the 1.9mile route I'd mapped out... but I did it in 19mins... and I've just carried on from there! Now 3 stone lighter and a darn sight quicker :)
 

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Good story. Don't worry about the length, all information is good (I'm not taking notes on anyone, honest).

It does seem that there are only a few who don't put on weight in their late teen years. It doesn't bode well for today's kids who are brought up on crap food and are overweight before they hit 11.

Thanks Richard.
 

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My story is similar to Richards. Was always slim and fit as a boy through biking and playing outside. Didn't like team sports at school (we played football in winter on top of a freezing hill, and cricket in summer, which was dull). I did like track and field, but wasn't great distance runner. I was a good sprinter and long and high jumper though. Stayed pretty fit as an undergrad, but within 1 year of starting my PhD I ballooned from 13 stone to 16.5 stone. I was a real fatty and completely unfit. I also smoked 20 a day. I looked 40. Anyway, my wife at the time ate pretty healthy and exercised, so I thought I'd give it a try. I had finished my PhD and started a new job. I was now 30 and figured if I didn't change my lifesytyle now, I never would. I went on a strict diet for the first year and bought an exercise bike. I used to do 1.5 hours every night at the highest resistance level (level 16 on the bike I had). After a year and a half I got down to 12 stone and was fit and healthy. However, I was getting bored with the bike and thought I needed some additional exercise, so I decided to go for a run. My cardio fitness was already excellent by the time I did my first run, but I still could only manage 3 miles on my first run and hurt a lot the next day. Anyway, for a few months I did a 3 mile run ever other week or so, but did most of my exercise on the bike. Then about 2 years ago, my bike completely broke on me, and I decided I would become a runner. It took about 5 months before I was addicted to running and no longer felt any pain after runs and since then have maintained a 25-30 mile a week average. I've been stable at 11.5 stone for over a year and a half now. I'm not as strict on my diet anymore, but generally keep it healthy. I will never allow myself to become inactive and fat again and I can't imagine running not being part of my everyday life. Still not sure I want to go racing or anything. I just enjoy running on my own and trying to beat my own PBs without the pressure of a race. But someday I think I will enter one just to experience it.
 

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P.S. Why are you always the first to reply to my threads? Don't you have any work to do? :p
Seemingly not! :( I've been here a year now and still I'm not given enough work to keep me occupied throughout the days - to be honest I get pretty damn bored at times, especially when the forum's quiet! I even ask for work to do but as it's pretty specialist there's not usually a huge amount I can do until I understand the work inside out (I guess that's my fault for being an inexperienced graduate, lol)

But someday I think I will enter one just to experience it.
Blimey JBB! I hadn't appreciated that you don't race - no way would I consider racing you now I know that - I bet you'd put me right to shame :p
 

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to be honest I get pretty damn bored at times, especially when the forum's quiet!
That's such a sad story. I think you should tell that one instead. Do they not talk to you at work? Are you the tea boy? Do they pick on you and make you do filing?
 

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Blimey JBB! I hadn't appreciated that you don't race - no way would I consider racing you now I know that - I bet you'd put me right to shame :p
I'm not convinced that I could run that much faster in a race than I do on my personal time trials, apart from maybe the 5k. I could probably run that faster with other people to chase.
 

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lol... i'm sat in an office that's nearly 1/4 of a mile long... there's probably 20 people between me and the nearest person in my department don't have a great deal to talk about with those around me... plus I'm pretty unsociable! :p
 

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Hey,

I am procrastinating with writing my dissertaton so thought I would waste some time and reply.

From when I was a kid, all through my teens I was very overweight (3 1/2 stone more than I am now) and when I was about 17 I decided to change things. So I started eating well, exercising and all that malarky. I used to run 2-3 miles once or twice a week, but nothing more than that (did a lot of other things such as strength training and swimming).

At age 19 I went away to uniersity and the exercising stopped, I put a fair bit of weight back on, and had to make a real effort to change things and start exercising and eating well again.

ANYWAY I am 24 now, and I have rarely managed to keep my exerising habits consistent. I usually take it up for a few months, then something happens, my circumstances will change (ie starting a new job or something) and I'll stop exercising.

Last October I took it up again, then sometime after Christmas stopped for some reason and put on about 1/2 a stone in 2 or 3 weeks! I decided that enough was enough and I need something to make sure that I keep it up for good this time.

I am doing my first half marathon in October. I now run because I want to get better, be able to run further, etc. I think this is a much better motivator than wnting to keep my weight down.

So anyway. Thats pretty much it.
 

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Pretty much mirror everyone else.

Search my posts for various excuses as to how I got here. Read my sig for progress updates.

First race 10th August, second race 24th. You could say I have caught the bug.
 

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i've just joined this site today so here goes;

I was a reasonable football player in my eary teens but all this stopped when i discovered the joys of sex, drugs and rock n roll. Well, OK there was more drugs than sex and the rock n roll was actually electronic dance music but you get the picture. The 1990's and the first half of the 2000's went by in a haze of clubbing until in May 2005 my father was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Everything in life went on hold for the 10 months it took him to die. Shortly after that my Mother made me promise to clean up my act as she couldn't handle losing me too. Ok so maybe she was being a bit melodramatic but her point hit home.

I started running the following week and have been at it on and off ever since. I've done a fair few 10k's but am now planning my first asssault on the half marathon. Pretty nervous about it but everytime i falter i remember my promise to my Mum.

Just re-read that and it is far more emotional than it was supposed to be so sorry about that. Us Glaswegian men are supposed to be a hard lot too. I feel I've let my city down!!
 

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i've just joined this site today so here goes;

I was a reasonable football player in my eary teens but all this stopped when i discovered the joys of sex, drugs and rock n roll. Well, OK there was more drugs than sex and the rock n roll was actually electronic dance music but you get the picture. The 1990's and the first half of the 2000's went by in a haze of clubbing until in May 2005 my father was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Everything in life went on hold for the 10 months it took him to die. Shortly after that my Mother made me promise to clean up my act as she couldn't handle losing me too. Ok so maybe she was being a bit melodramatic but her point hit home.

I started running the following week and have been at it on and off ever since. I've done a fair few 10k's but am now planning my first asssault on the half marathon. Pretty nervous about it but everytime i falter i remember my promise to my Mum.

Just re-read that and it is far more emotional than it was supposed to be so sorry about that. Us Glaswegian men are supposed to be a hard lot too. I feel I've let my city down!!

I read this and it brought a tear to my eye........then I got to bottom line, and as much as really detest the use of 'lol' it did actually make me lol :lol:
 

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Hmmm, so my story...

Unlike the majority of posts on here I absolutely hated PE at school. Freezing my butt off playing hockey in the winter (we weren't allowed to wear jogging bottoms, only skirts) and making a fool of myself in most of the summer sports was none the less better than being faced with gymnastics or what was called 'problem solving' (usually something along the lines of 'get all six on your team to the other side of the sports hall without touching the floor using just a pole and a horse', and not the riding kind).

Anyhow, I quite enjoyed netball and badminton out of actual PE lessons, and loved doing the cross country on annual basis because I got out of lessons for a couple of hours.

I ran on and off between the ages of 17, when I realised I probably shouldn't be so chubby, until 22. Ironically, when I got my current job, encouraging kids to walk or cycle to school, and now moving onto getting workplaces more involved in active travel, I did a lot less exercise than my old job at HMV, running up and down after DVDs all day. Despite being in an open plan office, probably also a quarter of a mile long incidentally!, I only walked up and down to the printer ocassionally, or was driving out to meetings at schools and businesses.

Anyhow, to cut this long story slightly shorter, I decided the Race for Life looked like a worthwhile thing to do at 22. I loved it but didn't have any incentive to keep going afterwards. So, after the second one this year I've kept myself going by entering a 10k in September and a half marathon in November. I'm determined to keep it up this time and am really feeling the results. Plus I get the satisfaction of being able to encourage other people to be more active without being a complete hypocrite!
 

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Was never a sporty kid as such (I cant kick,throw, catch, pot,punt, slam dunk,hit or anything else you do with a ball)
When I joined the Army I found I could run and run well. But I kind of let myself go and was living on past Victories for a long while. Then it kind of hit me and I started running again and found the spark I had lost. Been training ever since. My run time is MY TIME. Away from all the hassles. Problem is as I get faster and fitter I have to run longer distance to stay out for the same length of time.
Without sounding corny it has totally re written my life for me.
 

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I started running in 1980, I ran the 2nd ever London Marathon, which was one of 12 marathons that I ran in the 80's. Consequently I burnt out and hung up my trainers for good (or so I thought) in 1987. Several years later, plus three children, a midlife crisis got me running again. Within a year I was back in marathon training. That was in 2002, and now I am training and racing faster and further in a much healthier way than I ever did in my first incarnation as a runner.
 

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I did badly in a bleep test so started "running" to improve my score for next time. Slowly got better and lost plenty of weight (which has since gone back on in muscle). By the time the bleep test came around I was suitably addicted and am now hitting distances which I once though were only for "proper" runners.
 
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