Push it real good!

Our #Run1000Mil­ers share in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries of push­ing their own bound­aries.

Trail Running (UK) - - Push Your Boundaries -

Eight years ago my GP said: “I hope you don’t have any­thing planned beyond the next ten years, Mr Arthur”. So one morn­ing I dragged my­self out of bed, walked up the hill next to our house and ran about half a mile through the woods to home. My aim was to build up to run­ning a three-mile loop with­out stop­ping. I did that by the end of the sum­mer. I started run­ning up the hill rather than walk­ing, ran my first half­marathon, com­pleted the Lon­don marathon and now have four ul­tras un­der my belt. Ed­die Arthur

Six years ago I smoked 25 a day, ate what I wanted and drank too much. One day I looked in the mir­ror and didn‘t like what I saw. My el­dest, who was 9 at the time, had started do­ing the lo­cal parkrun at Heaton Park and I couldn‘t com­plete it with­out stop­ping sev­eral times. I was 42, over­weight, and un­fit. I be­gan in­creas­ing the dis­tance I ran and by April I was ready to run the Manch­ester half marathon. As I look back, I can see how far I‘ve come since that first park run in March last year. Neil Sim­monds

Aged 49 I weighed over 20 stone and ac­tively avoided run­ning. Six years later I’ve run 50 miles at En­dure24, ran 1000 miles in 2017 and have en­tered my first ul­tra, in­spired to a great ex­tent by this group. Af­ter los­ing weight, a friend pointed out that I had no ex­cuse not to do the Race for Life. I did Couch to 5k and haven’t stopped run­ning since. I’ll never run a 4-minute mile, but have re­alised that there are no real lim­its. Clare Coyle

I didn’t think I could run a marathon. Then I did. I then met peo­ple who ran three marathons in three days and didn’t think I could do that. Then I did. Then I met ul­tra run­ners and thought, I can’t do that. Then I did. It is peo­ple that in­spire me. Not the elite but or­di­nary peo­ple that do ex­tra­or­di­nary things. Thanks to them I now have a record – com­plet­ing the Kala­hari Au­gra­bies Ex­treme Marathon ten times. The only lim­its are the ones you im­pose on your­self. Ed­ward Chap­man

That dawn­ing re­al­i­sa­tion that ev­ery­body started at the same point gives me even more im­pe­tus to keep go­ing. I started run­ning in Oc­to­ber 2017 af­ter a 12-year ab­sence. Nine months on and I’ve worked my way up to marathon dis­tance, run High Cup Nick and Helvel­lyn, lost six stone and seen mas­sive im­prove­ments in my pso­ri­a­sis and men­tal health as a re­sult. I AM go­ing to train to do an ul­tra next year. I love this group! Kirsty Breaks

I have a fused an­kle af­ter fall­ing off a horse 20 years ago and was told I’d never run again. So I didn’t. For 20 years. Then last year I man­aged to do my first ever 10-mile trail event... and didn’t fin­ish last! Lisa Scott

#Run1000Miles got me re­ally mo­ti­vated into run­ning as I only started in Novem­ber 2016 af­ter mov­ing to Scot­land, hav­ing been a cy­clist since 15 and never hav­ing run be­fore since school. I man­aged over 2000km in the first 12 months and now I’ve done 4100km. I just love run­ning and rac­ing in the hills and moun­tains up here. Russ Valen­tine

In­stead of join­ing a club when I started run­ning, I started my own lit­tle club be­cause I wanted to be sur­rounded by friends and other peo­ple who didn’t mind that I was slow. Some­how that club grew into a ful­lyfledged run­ning club with me at the helm. Now I work as a run­ning coach. It’s a dream come true. I AM a run­ner now. Michelle Mor­timer

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