Back in March of this year I set foot on a marathon start line. That in itself was an amazing feat for me, something that just one year before I would never have even dreamt of. I was overweight, unfit and stressed. In February 2014 I decided that I needed to start running (pushed out of the door by my wife who was bearing the brunt of most of my stress!). Running was the obvious answer to these three problems. I started running on my own, 5 kilometers here, 5 kilometers there, and I soon realized that I was actually enjoying it!! I was able to do the same route but each time I did it I was going faster, and suffering less!! Maybe this was my answer to all my problems. Then came the big test, a whole 10km!! All I wanted to do was to finish, and in less than an hour if possible! I stood on the line feeling alone yet surrounded by 24.000 people. “Surely this can’t be so hard” was my thought, and 57:11 minutes later I crossed the line! Euphoria set in. And so did the bug! I began signing up for 10km races left, right and centre, running and running. It was great.
My stress came down, my weight too and I was getting fit. I would even go so far as to say fitter than I ever was at school, where I played football, squash and swam at a high level!! This was good, but I wasn’t sure I was doing it right. I took the next step and joined some other crazy runners who went out regularly with an ex professional turned shop owner. Now that was a good idea!!! Motivation from others, advice from people in the know and shared ideas. Times went tumbling and the fun went up!