The res­cuer and the res­cued

Runner's World (UK) - - Human Race -

Two years ago, Tanya was over­weight and suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion. ‘I barely went out,’ says the 41-year-old from Manch­ester. But a visit to a lo­cal dog-res­cue cen­tre re­sulted in her bring­ing home Dex­ter, a young Stafford­shire bull ter­rier in need of a good home – and plenty of ex­er­cise. ‘Tak­ing him for walks was a mas­sive thing for me, but it gave me a rea­son to get out and, grad­u­ally, we be­gan run­ning to­gether,’ re­calls Tanya. Soon they’d both dis­cov­ered the run­ner’s high: ‘ Dex­ter wakes me up each morn­ing rar­ing to go for his run,’ says Tanya, who’s lost 5st and is train­ing for a half marathon. She’s also en­joy­ing bet­ter men­tal health. ‘I’m not sure who res­cued whom, but I do know that I’ve found the two loves of my life,’ she says. ‘ Run­ning and my boy, Dex­ter.’

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