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Big Phil (Morris)
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I haven’t entered a formal race yet. I was going to do the Gavin Tipper at the end of beginners course but couldn’t because I was on holiday in Florida. However, I did it in spirit as I ran on holiday every other day and on the day of the race I did a 3k run and submitted my time to John by text message. It was hot humid work. I enjoy running steadily on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings. However, I really enjoy the Sunday morning runs; we go further but at a slower pace. The furthest I’ve been so far on a Sunday is 8 miles. My plan now over the next 12 months is to build on my fitness and stamina so I can increase my pace over 10k and eventually longer distances.
Why did I start running?
I went on a diet in September 2010 with weight watchers and lost 4.5 stone by March 2011. I then wanted to get fit and thought about joining a gym but I’ve been there before and wasted the money. As an alternative I took up speed walking with a view to progressing to running. At my peak I was speed walking 25 miles a week. Although I wanted to run I found I was giving up when running on my own so I stuck with the walking. At this stage I hadn’t heard of the club until my son joined the under 7's rugby and I saw a poster. I put my name down and started the course in March 2012 with John, Frankie and Jim and can now run 6 miles comfortably. I don’t believe I have been this fit since my mid twenties.
Anything Interesting or amusing about you / other comments
I must say a massive thank you to John, Frankie and Jim. Their advice and motivation has been superb and does not stop when the course finishes. If you had said that I could run at the level that I am now after only 4 months I would have laughed back in March... not now, I love it and can’t wait for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays to come around. I would also like to acknowledge my fellow beginners I’m proud of all of us! The other great thing about the club is that there is no pressure just incentive and encouragement to keep going and improve but in your own time.
If you give it a go you won’t regret it and you will be surprised at what you can achieve! The course starts in March every year so enrol now and take up speed walking to prepare as this will stand you in good stead for when you start. Its great value for money, the advice is first class, and the people at the club are awesome...