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F inally I made it up the hill, no stopping, not a lot of speed either but I made it, all the way for the first time. My lungs burning, legs burning, face burning from the cold and not exactly feeling a million bucks physically but mentally I was cleansed.

I took up running as part of a school project when I was around 14 years old. I was told I was going to achieve a C in my GCSE Exams and seeing that I had been estimated higher grades in all the rest of my subjects it hurt to hear! I had to do something about it. Physical Education wasn’t my strong point, I wasn’t exactly the wheezy kid but certainly no star either and my sports performance was lack lustre at best. I wasn’t, and still am not, a particularly competitive person when it comes to competing with others so didn’t feel like concentrating on a team sport or some other nonsense. Keeping a running diary and tracking my performance seemed like the perfect idea to raise my grades and actually give me a reason to get off my lazy teenage backside and do something.

My evenings and weekends were for me, I would do my homework and then be off round my friends houses, probably to play computer games or listen to music. I only lived around the corner from school so didn’t have to get up too early so I set aside time in the mornings, 3 day a week, for the planned running for the project. I didn’t expect much, just to get up jog around a bit, record my time, write it down, eat some crap for breakfast and then be off to school. Problem is, I soon found that I was competitive with myself and I loved the challenge of running.

I remember the first few agonising runs. I would get up on a damn cold Autumn morning and practically walk the short route I had started with. It had some tough hills for me at the time and involved a lot of huffing, a lot of puffing, a lot of stopping and a lot of swearing at myself.

I didn’t take long before I got the running bug. Each run I would try harder and at each improvement I would feel a glow of achievement inside, my personal achievement for me and me only, oh and the running diary for my school project.

The project worked out getting me an A for my Physical Education G.C.S.E but more importantly it gave me running, a lifelong hobby and an almost guarenteed way to help keep my mind and body healthy for many years to come.

So here I am today one and a half decades on, still a runner. I’m not what I would call elite by any standard, just a regular runner who clocks reasonable regular times that go up and down depending on how general life is treating me.

I love talking about running, health and fitness and enjoy learning and hearing about it a lot too, not all of my friends do though! The idea for this blog and forum has been running around my head for probably well over a year now but of course like everything in life finding the time and motivation to actually start it has been difficult. I kept putting it off due to one excuse after another. Now though the site is finally alive and kicking and I am committed to building a community and sharing as much as my knowledge and others to help new and experienced runners get more out of my favorite past time.

What will RegularRunner.com Offer?

The aim of the site will be to provide valuable advice aimed at all levels of runner along with personal experience and antidotes. I’m keen to share news and  stories / guest posts from readers and myself and make sure the website doesn’t lose it’s personal edge.

I also plan to share related information especially surrounding healthy diets and other forms of exercise and will always be open to suggestions and feedback for the direction and composition of the website.

Who Am I?

I have typed all these words and not even told you who I am! My name is Forest, actually my name is Ian but I use Forest as my online handle.

I am a full time blogger / web entrepreneur so spend all day sitting infront of the screen burning a hole in the back of my retinas and confusing my body into thinking that staying still for extended periods is what it is supposed to do. My real world career was once in graphic design but I have long left that and enjoy traveling, something that an online career allows me to do.

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As I start this site I am briefly on a trip to my home country of England. I recently left after a two year stint in Egypt in which I saw and passively supported the recent revolution, an experience I will hold for the rest of my life. In about a month i’ll be heading off to spend some time in North America for winter (grrrr, cold) and then early next year I should be off to spend the end of summer in New Zealand, I can’t wait for the running there!

My running history includes a slow full marathon clocking at 5.5 hours due to injury in 2005 and my fastest half marathon at 1hr 52mins, also in 2005. Right now I tend to run 5-10 mile runs between 2-4 times a week and will be looking to enrol in some halves and maybe a full next time I am settled in a country for long enough. My last two years in Egypt consisted of very little running due to the pollution, heat and danger of traffic so I am now making up for lost time.

What Now?

Well that was a lot of reading, I apologise for that but wanted to start things right. I hope I have perked your interest and as a new or experienced runner you’ll be keen to read what I have to write and connect with me.

I’d love it if you left a comment with your thoughts and feedback below, joined the Regular Runner Group on Facebook and follow along on Regular Runner’s Twitter. Also if you want to keep up to date with new posts then it’ll be great if you sign up to our mailing list using the form below.

Thanks a million,

Forest.

 

 

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When I can be I am a regular runner but I am also nothing special and certainly no elite, so in that respect I am regular too. However I do love talking about running and related things and I do have a lot of experience, over 15 years now.

22 Responses to “Welcome to RegularRunner.com” Subscribe

  1. David Leonhardt September 20, 2011 at 23:37 #

    Congrats on the new blog. In that, we have something in common. This is the week of the new blogs. :-)

    • Forest September 20, 2011 at 23:42 #

      Thanks David, winter is on it’s way, we need something to do with all our spare time indoors!

  2. Amanda L Grossman September 21, 2011 at 13:21 #

    Nice layout! I like all the white space. I also like the graphic in the header.

  3. Eric September 21, 2011 at 20:04 #

    Cool idea. Good luck with the new site.

    • Forest September 21, 2011 at 20:31 #

      Thanks very much Eric :)

  4. Briana @ 20 and Engaged September 23, 2011 at 01:42 #

    Love the header Ian, and I love the comment system too! I didn’t know you were on RunKeeper. Adding you to my street team :)

    • Forest September 23, 2011 at 16:15 #

      Thanks Briana :), I have added you back.

  5. Missy September 23, 2011 at 23:58 #

    Hey, Ian: (or Forest)

    Well done on the new site and fun topic. Good luck and we definitely should network more as we both have a roster of sites.

    You know you can always find me at my home base online which is: G34Media – http://www.g34media.com

    Cheers,
    Missy

    p.s. New Zealand next year? How awesome, do take pics.

    • Forest September 24, 2011 at 07:51 #

      Hey Missy,

      This site is out of hobby mainly so not like my other business sites. Of course i’ll be using affiliate links and things later on so it may verge between hobby and business.

      I will certainly be taking pics.

  6. Michelle September 24, 2011 at 00:13 #

    Congrats on the new site Forest. It looks great and I’m sure it will provide a lot of motivation for everyone who reads it.

    We’re about to enroll our eldest son in Little Athletics so running is soon to become a big part of our family activities! I think you might even inspire me to get out there on the track too as I follow your progress here. :)

    • Forest September 24, 2011 at 07:53 #

      Thanks Michelle,

      That is awesome, I am sure your son will love it and running as a family is a great activity if you are thinking of doing that.

      You should definitely get out there. Please make sure you drop a comment here and there to let us know you are around :).

  7. Andy September 24, 2011 at 06:11 #

    Great site, and I will be a regular reader. Running has been a passion of mine all my life.
    I can often be found shuffling along the mountain tracks here in the Pyrenees.

    My aim is run an ultra next year

    • Forest September 24, 2011 at 07:54 #

      Thanks a million Andy, wow an Ultra Run, something I would love to get good enough to do :).

      Make sure to leave a comment here and there and let me know you are following along.

    • Forest September 24, 2011 at 07:55 #

      Oh, how is France going by the way?

  8. Khaleef @ Fat Guy Skinny Wallet September 24, 2011 at 19:17 #

    Congratulations on the new site! I really like the layout and the theme. I can’t wait until I get back to regular workouts – although, running will probably never be among them.

    • Forest September 24, 2011 at 22:56 #

      Thanks Khaleef, why on earth not, I am sure you would love running once you got into it, it’s a hell of a challenge if you have never done it!!!

      • Khaleef @ Fat Guy Skinny Wallet September 27, 2011 at 01:22 #

        I’m much too fat to run. I would destroy my knees, ankles, and lower back from the shock of each step! I’ve been challenged to a push up contest (I linked to the details in my name), so we’ll see how that goes.

        • Forest September 27, 2011 at 06:23 #

          I have heart that so many times “too fat to run” but simply don’t buy it….. I’ll be writing a post about it in the coming weeks. Once you start regular running a “fat” person quickly becomes a chubby person and then you can start flying.

          I’m still chubby (could do with losing at least another 15lbs) and my last run was nearly 8miles.

          Anyway a push up contest will challenge you physically and mentally too and is a worthy thing to follow. Any form of exercise helps change your mindset as well as get you in shape.

          Good luck.

  9. Nicola @ Twisty Noodle September 25, 2011 at 15:24 #

    Good luck on your new site! I’m training now for the Nice to Cannes Marathon in Nov.

    • Forest September 25, 2011 at 16:24 #

      Thanks Nicola, good luck with that Marathon. How is the training going and what plan are you following?

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