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.
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.
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.
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