Push it real good!
Our #Run1000Milers share inspirational stories of pushing their own 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