I’m a Northerner who moved to London in 2003 after Uni and now calls it home. I live in SE London and work in Westminster, running or cycling between the two every day. Running more and more these days….
I started running about 6 years ago after giving up smoking, completed my first marathon in Abingdon in October 2006. I did a few more, then by 2009 I was persuaded into my first ‘double’ weekend – Beachy Head mara on the Saturday, Greensands in Surrey on the Sunday. I stepped up to ultras in January 2010 with a lovely 30 mile run over the Surrey hills – the Winter Tanners. Then in the March my first 50+ run from Glasgow to Edinburgh down the canal in just over 9 hours.
I’ve so far (Jan 2012) ran 30 + marathons (I will count them when I get round to it, about 10 have been mountain maras); I’ve ran 20+ ultras – including Ridgeway 85 twice, EcoTrail, Hell on the Humber, lots of LDWA runs and various multi-day events.
So a fair amount of running – but not much compared to most who cross the US. Because of this I’ve decided to use the next few months to get some long runs under my belt and see how my body holds up.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led diffcult lives and led them well.”
– Theodore Roosevelt