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My name is Peter, at present I'm over 20st, 7 years ago I was a lot lighter and was training for my first half Marathon, I sprained my ankle very badly and never recovered.

Stress at work causes me to eat and hey presto I'm here. Over the last 5 years I've had more training and diet come backs than Prince. But it always seems to be down 1 up 2.

I'm normally an active person given my size, walking, gym, and cycling. Last year I walked The West Highland way with my wife Kath, fantastic!

But I love running and I love horseriding. My local running shop in Chadwell Heath have been fantastic, so if your large and feel embarrassed, don't! Pop into a specialist shop and have a chat mine were great, they fitted me with some shoes and I'm doing treadmill and road/grass jogging to get me going watching the knees and being careful.

To all you runners, this will sound silly, but this week I completed my first mile without stopping, 10m 50 sec, for me it was the Marathon I never done. I'm training 3-4 times a week now a little bit extra each time and I feel great.

I know that theres going to be bad times when I'll need help, but I want to enter a race next year, I know I'll be last but I don't care, so if you pass me just give a quick word of encouragement.

Good luck all, and happy and safe running.

Peter
 

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Welcome to RF Peter.

We all have to start somewhere and know how hard it can be so no what you say doesn't sound silly at all.

As long as you keep training and take it steady you will progress and soon you'll be running 5k and then 5miles without thinking about it.

Keep us posted.
 

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Hi Peter

Welcome to the forum.

Nothing silly about your first mile, great going if you ask me.

Like Steve has said it won't be long before you are running further, you can post your mileage on the great wall of china to help us get there quicker...

Do you have any plans to enter a race again once you have built up your mileage?

This forum is great for keeping your enthusiasm for running and the cheeky banter :d

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Peter... A mile was a long way for me when I started out too, and 10min 50 is pretty good considering your size.

And you can't say that you know you'll be last either... apart from the fact that there's no shame in being last...the shame is in the couch potato who isn't running! But it depends on the amount of runners in the race and the distance. If I was you I'd pick a 10k with a big field of runners :)

Good luck
 

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Peter - super story and super advice about the running shop too.

At 10:50 for a mile, you definitely can race and you will not be last - at the Bushy Park 5km there are heaps of 11 minute racers and we regularly cheer home athletes running 12, 13, 14 or more minutes per mile.

Super post from you - you've made my weekend

Do it!
 

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Hi there Peter, what an achievement, actually doing this for yourself will really be a good thing for you and i have a feeling you will go a long way with the ups and downs you will achieve what you hope to.
The first few steps are the hardest but your on your way, so have fun.
all the best keep us informed Hayley
 

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Hi Peter,

welcome to the forum, completing a mile is not to be under estimated, I remember when I did mine and I was made up. You have already completed the hardest by getting out the door and actually going for a run.

Keep up the good work.
 

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Peter Bowes said:
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To all you runners, this will sound silly, but this week I completed my first mile without stopping, 10m 50 sec, for me it was the Marathon I never done. I'm training 3-4 times a week now a little bit extra each time and I feel great.
Peter

Well done for just getting out there and giving it a go!
...Most people wouldn't even consider it.
Good luck to you.:)
 

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Great stuff Peter.

Keep it up and we`ll find you a 10k to run next spring.

Horndon on the hill is a nice one thats not to far from you.
 

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Thank You

I must say I have been over-whelmed by the words of encouragement, one of my biggest fears has been tutting and giggling behind my back by I read the replies and I must confess it brought a tear to my eye.

Thank you all!!!

I have rested this weekend, but managed a 5 mile walk around Canterbury shopping with my good lady.

I intend to have another run tomorrow, if its raining in the gym I'll try for 2k, if not then my 2 mile jog round the village.

Thank you all again and I will keep you posted.

Sincere regards and safe running to you all.

Peter
 

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Hi there Peter,

Hello what you have to remember Peter everyone started somewhere, and with running, it doesnt matter about size, age and expenditure.

I started running 3 months ago and come a long way from where i started.

I have too been overweight, overall i have lost 4 half stone and kept it off now since 2000, so you can do it, determination and will power is the key.

You will do it... Good Luck Peter.
 

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I managed to complete the mile again last night, in 10min 48 sec, what a killer but I done it.

After this I was subjected to 45 mins of kettle bell training Ouch!!

I hope to complete 2 more runs by the end of the weekend.

regards to you all and safe running.

Peter:d
 

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Peter Bowes said:
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I managed to complete the mile again last night, in 10min 48 sec, what a killer but I done it.

After this I was subjected to 45 mins of kettle bell training Ouch!!

I hope to complete 2 more runs by the end of the weekend.

regards to you all and safe running.

Peter:d

Don't go out and kill yourself on each run you do, take the next couple a bit slower it will be good for you, even if you might not think it at the time. Don't worry too much about your times either as you may put pressure on yourself to keep gaining the same time, perhaps even on the days you go out to run slower don't wear a watch?

You're doing great.

What is kettle bell ringing?
 

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First Race

Hi all

I've had to drop back on distance verses time, trying to achieve my mile in 10 mins, because I just run out of energy, so I have changed to distance instead of time, I managed 2 miles of treadmill incline walking and jogging on level 1.

My friend has suggested 10K race at Brands Hatch on the 9th of Feb, but I think it's too early as they have a time limit of 1hr 15 mins, which gives me 12 mins per mile.

Does anybody have any feed back on the wether this is realistic or not?

Also in reply to the last person, the kettle bells are simply a canon ball with a handle, which you swing between your legs and rias in front of you.

They are fantastic cardio, and help core stability and build legs and shoulders.

I love them, much better than weights.

regards to you all.

Peter:d
 

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I think that one might be a bit soon have you checked out anything for perhaps march or april?

You don't want to put pressure on yourself to make a certain time as you have only just got started, but to enter a race would be a great idea to give you a target.

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I have heard the Brands Hatch is a windy course, friend of mine done it last year.

I would go as TT said one in april, something to aim for and realistic without putting yourself off running altogether.

:)

Try some small runs too like 5k's they get you in the mood for racing

:d
 
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