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Passion for Running

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What do you think when you see runners pounding the street? I suppose there are a whole variety of reactions, but for me (up until a few months ago), they merely served to remind me of my lack of general fitness and need for more exercise.

Over the years I’ve kept myself fairly fit in a variety of ways, but in the last few years I’ve gone through difficult personal circumstances. One of the downside of this was comfort eating and the inevitable weight gain, but by taking up running (along with careful eating) I’m fitter and trimmer than I’ve been for a long time.

I’ve done some distance running in the past, but not to the extent or level I’m at now. Each Saturday morning I run with several hundred other runners in an organised 5K Parkrun round Albert Park in Middlesbrough, and this Sunday (8 September 2013) I’m running the Middlesbrough 10K for the Salvation Army’s community and social work in the UK.

My personal best (at the time of writing) for the 5K is 25:22 and I’m hoping to run a sub 25 minute in the near future. I’ve run 10K in 58:08 and I’m looking to beat this on race day. If you would like to sponsor me you can do so here, thanks in anticipation.

Update: It was a significant challenge deciding to take part in this road race, so I felt a real sense of achievement when I completed it with a good time of 56 minutes and 18 seconds.

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  1. keep at it! congratulations on the lifestyle change.. I have been through similar circumstances so your story resonated with me

    sjbaird123

    September 29, 2013 at 10:21 pm

  2. hi, when i see them running, i look at them in a positive light, and sometimes wish I was with them, lol 😊 wasn’t always that way.. For years i was 5 stone heavier and blanked out anything to do with fitness.. Now in running 3 days a week n working at slow improvements. Two days of interval running around 2.3 miles each, and then a longer run at weekends.. Up to 6 miles now, in around 59 minutes

    sjbaird123

    October 1, 2013 at 9:18 am


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